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Near Rockville in Parke County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

State Sanatorium Covered Bridge

 
 
State Sanatorium Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 23, 2012
1. State Sanatorium Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription. The State Sanatorium Covered Bridge is a single-span Kingpost Truss Burr Arch structure with a span length of 154 feet. It was constructed in 1913 by Joseph A. Britton. The bridge is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures. The structure was originally located nearly one mile downstream. A decision was made that the structure would be rehabilitated and relocated to this site. Prior to the moving of the State Sanatorium Covered Bridge, this site was the location of two other covered bridges. The Adams Bridge was destroyed by flood in 1969. The Jessup Bridge was blown off its abutments during high winds in 1989. The State Sanatorium Covered Bridge was rehabilitated and moved to this new location.
 
Location. 39° 46.869′ N, 87° 8.73′ W. Marker is near Rockville, Indiana, in Parke County. Marker is on County Road 100 N east of Adams Road (County Road 349), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockville IN 47872, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Church Built in Parke County Indiana (approx. 0.3 miles away); Birthplace of Mordecai Brown
Wide View - - State Sanatorium Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 23, 2012
2. Wide View - - State Sanatorium Covered Bridge Marker
(approx. 1.3 miles away); The Batty Mine Location (approx. 1½ miles away); Gov. Joseph A. Wright (approx. 3½ miles away); Rockville Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); 1883 Railroad Depot (approx. 4.3 miles away); Old 1832 Jail (approx. 4½ miles away); Naming of Rockville (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
Regarding State Sanatorium Covered Bridge. From the “Tribune Star” - “Parke County Covered Bridge Festival” flier of 2011 (page 28)::

“”Though built near Morlan’s Mill, the State Sanatorium Bridge was built for, associated with, and owned by the State Sanatorium.

The 65th Indiana General Assembly approved establishment and financing of the State Tuberculosis Hospital or Sanatorium on March 8, 1907. It was in full operation by the end of 1910. The sanatorium functioned as a city unto itself with a school, 3 doctors, 16 nurses, a dentist, electric and steam power plant, laundry, dairy, bakery, and chicken farm.

This bridge was built to haul coal to the State Sanatorium
Obverse Side - - State Sanatorium Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 23, 2012
3. Obverse Side - - State Sanatorium Covered Bridge Marker
from mines one or two miles away. The Sanatorium was heated by coal and power plant was driven by coal.

This bridge is the only one to have lightning rods. The bridge was on private property and had fallen to disrepair and was closed. In 2009 the bridge was moved to CR 100 N and is now open to traffic.”“

 
Also see . . .
1. Moving and Re-constructing the Bridge ::. There are many photos of the "step by step" process and work involved in this $1.34 million project (start date - July 30, 2008 and finish date - December 2008.) Follow the many links - for all the photos. (Submitted on September 25, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. Video - Slide Show - -"Sanitorium Covered Bridge Rehabilitation" (Courtesy - YouTube) ::. (Submitted on September 28, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRoads & Vehicles
 
State Sanatorium Covered Bridge - Markings image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 23, 2012
4. State Sanatorium Covered Bridge - Markings
Looking North/East - - Under the Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 23, 2012
5. Looking North/East - - Under the Covered Bridge
Looking North - - Under the Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 23, 2012
6. Looking North - - Under the Covered Bridge
Service Road / Bridge - - used till Covered Bridge was done. image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 23, 2012
7. Service Road / Bridge - - used till Covered Bridge was done.
Looking West - - Bridge Ahead ! ! image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 23, 2012
8. Looking West - - Bridge Ahead ! !
Looking East - - State Sanatorium Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 23, 2012
9. Looking East - - State Sanatorium Covered Bridge Marker
Doctors & Nurses - - Building image. Click for full size.
Courtesy:: Indiana State Historical Society
10. Doctors & Nurses - - Building
Women's Ward image. Click for full size.
By Old 'Post Card'
11. Women's Ward
Administration Building image. Click for full size.
By Old 'Post Card'
12. Administration Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 767 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 25, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   10, 11, 12. submitted on September 27, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.
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