Covered bridge

History lovers will enjoy this very much. Shown is a covered bridge, still in use today for vehicle traffic, built in 1872. It is on Sycamore Street in North Manchester, Wabash County, at the intersection with Mill Street. Built by the Smith Bridge Company, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places but unfortunately there is no sign or marker nearby indicating its historical significance. It’s worth stopping your vehicle, getting out and walking across the bridge just to get the historical feel of it. You will be impressed by the engineering present nearly 140 years ago for a bridge designed to carry horses, wagons, buggies and foot traffic but still used for modern automobiles even now.

1872 bridge in North Manchester


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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