The Mecca Covered Bridge in Mecca, Indiana, is one of Parke County’s 31 Covered Bridge. Known as the “Covered Bridge Capitol of America” because there are more covered bridges in a single county than anywhere else in the United States. The county if famous for its Covered Bridge Festival, held every Autumn.
J.J. Daniels constructed the 150-foot long single-span Burr Arch Truss Mecca Covered Bridge across the Big Raccoon Creek in 1873. It is so well-constructed that the bridge has survived four significant floods: 1875, 1913, 1957, and 1990. The worst floods were in 1957 and 1990, when the floodwaters rose above the bridge floor. The bridge was bypassed in 1965 and restored in 1993.
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