Day 23, Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Vermillion County, Indiana
Marilyn and I got up for a day of Indiana countryside sightseeing. We decided we were going to check out several covered bridges, as this tri-county area around Dana, Indiana is known for having many of them. Unfortunately, the very first bridge we went to, at the Ernie Pyle Memorial Rest Park, we came upon a tragic scene. I won’t revisit it here, because I blogged about it last year.
That day we visited a number of bridges, historic cemeteries, murals and the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. I’m going to divide the posts up by subject, and group the photos together.
Once we steeled our nerves again from our morning, we saw several more covered bridges. They are gorgeous, each painted red with white accents, each with the same neat, black lettering indicating the year it was built, along with name of the bridge and sometimes the builder. The earliest bridge we saw was built in 1873, and the most recent was built in 2006. I suppose now they are probably maintained by the county, or a historical society, but it still seemed odd that they are all painted the same.
They are scattered all around, with some of the bridges off to the side of the road, and others still part of the road so you could drive through them. One is close to an old historic mill that has been redeveloped – it is quite picturesque! I got to see quite a bit of the countryside, the Amish homes, and even a few Amish buggies.
The history here is incredible!