October 29, 2013 Fort Wayne, IN - As was the case in many states, Indiana once had hundreds of covered bridges. The estimates for the number of covered bridges once found in Indiana are as high as 700. Currently there are 90 remaining covered bridges within the state.
The author of the book Covered Bridges of Indiana, Ron Branson, was recently interviewed on NIPR in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Julia Meek. Ron, the founder of the Indiana County History Preservation Society, brought his wealth of knowledge to the interview.
During the interview Julia asks Ron about topics such as "What makes a covered bridge a covered bridge?", "What were they used for?", "Do covered bridges help to foster community bonds?", "When did covered bridges become obsolete?", and "What are the current covered bridge preservation programs?".
The full radio interview by Julia Meek of Northeast Indiana Public Radio can be heard here: Covered Bridges Disappearing, But Still Community Centerpieces.
[Our thanks to James Crouse & Bill Brandenburg for sharing the story - Ed.]