Bridges of Indiana's Counties - Fountain - #12 Rob Roy

Rob Roy Bridge over Big Shawnee Creek.  (dwm photo)
Was the drink named for the bridge?

Maybe.  The Rob Roy Covered Bridge in Fountain County was built in 1860, while the Wikipedia page for the Rob Roy cocktail cites 1894 as the year of its creation.

John Foster is credited with naming the small Indiana community after the Scottish patriot, Robert Roy McGregor, and the bridge took the name of the town.

It's nearly six years since my visit and I'm saddened to read the bridge was closed to traffic in 2014.  A news story in the LaFayette Journal & Courier told me the news, but I didn't see that the bridge is re-open for traffic.

Rob Roy when open to traffic
10/29/2011 (dwm)
I clearly remember making my way down the bank and stepping across a few rocks to get the angle for the photo at the top of this blog.

After a round of photos, we slowly drove across the bridge, turned around, and made a return trip. One of tens of thousands travelers who relied on the stalwart structure.

Rob Roy's bridge has lasted a lot longer than the town.  The Post Office closed, in 1906!

Rob Roy Covered Bridge (dwm)
This was the last covered bridge open for business during my visit to Fountain County. Cades Mill (blog 8/24/2017) and Wallace (next week - 9/7/2017) had been closed for years back in 2011.

If officials and covered bridge enthusiasts aren't able to re-open the bridge, I hope this gem of a bridge gets the care and attention it needs to last for years to come.

Fountain Co, Indiana
Internet image
Bridge Facts:

Rob Roy Covered Bridge
Built: 1860
Style:  Howe Truss
Length: 120 feet over Big Shawnee Creek

Other covered bridge blogs are here.