Bridges of Indiana's Counties - #5 Carroll Co. - Adams Mill

Adam's Mill Covered Bridge, 10/15/2011
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My favorite bridges to shoot are bridges like Adam's Mill bridge in Carroll County.

Just find a safe place to park on a quiet country road and use the well worn paths below and down stream from the working piece of art.

Built in 1872 to cross the sometimes raging Wild Cat creek, it is still possible to see how times of high water carved the landscape.

Sunny days light up the bridge.  Blue skies and changing leaves add the accents to the picture.

The bridge doesn't move, but I can.

Over the Wildcat, among the hills
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The east side of the bridge offered a variety of vantage points.

It's important to frame each photo properly. More interesting results come if you find something interesting between you and the subject.

I was surprised to learn that covered bridges can be more than a way to cross a river.

The Adams Mill home page indicates the covered bridge was often the biggest protected structure in the area, which made it a good location for everything from community dances to political rallies.

Window added in renovation, looking at the creek
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A high percentage of Indiana's bridges are faithfully restored.

Adam's Mill was closed to traffic in 1974 and by 1980 not much was left.

A Friends of Adams Mill Valley group formed and set out to save the bridge.

It re-opened for traffic in 1999.  Nearly 20 years later, I hope they know they efforts were worth it.

While bridges were important for commerce when they were built, now these bridges add to each county's appeal to tourists.

Carroll County
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Adams Mill Covered Bridge
Built: 1872
Style:  Howe Truss
Length: 138 feet over Wildcat Creek

Check out more covered bridges thru this link.