Bridges of Indiana's Counties - #2, Bartholomew Co. - Brownsville

New Brownsville Bridge, Columbus, IN
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In the quest for Indiana's covered bridges, it became a game of hide and sneak at times.

Some bridges moved from their original location.

Frequently the moves were a flight to a safe haven.

Anybody who has moved knows something is always left behind in the trip.

The Brownsville Bridge (Brownsville, IN) left Union County in 1986 for Bartholomew County and a place of honor in the county seat's Mill Race Park.

Indiana's only
Long Truss Bridge
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In addition to leaving one county for another, in the reconstruction it was shortened from 102 feet to 85.

A few years later it was rehabilitated and is available to car traffic of park visitors.

It's better than falling to demolition, but not much.

At least it still spans water, a branch of the Driftwood River.

Each time I found one of these historic structures in a park, it made me a little sad.  They reminded me of a majestic creature humbled and removed from its natural habitat.

The park placed bridge strains the imagination to see and hear the clip-clop of horse hooves and wagon wheels for the trip from farm to market.
Bartholomew County
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It is still beautiful and elegant, but don't let it be the only covered bridge you visit.

And while in Columbus, save time for a visit to Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor.  It features the original marble counter and calliope.

Bridge Facts:
New Brownsville Bridge
Built: 1840 (Orig.) Moved 1986 and refurbished 1991
Style: Long Truss
Length: 93 feet

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