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Indiana Covered Bridges: Busching Bridge in Versailles, Indiana

Busching Covered Bridge in Versailles, Indiana
Busching Covered Bridge in Versailles, Indiana
The Busching Covered Bridge in Versailles, Indiana, is a remarkable feat of engineering!

Newly purchased refrigerators don’t last for 10 years and yet–these bridges, like this Ripley County beauty, frequently hit the century mark. With a bit of help, of course.

Busching Covered Bridge in Versailles, Indiana

The Busching Bridge is located in Versailles State Park, the second largest park in the state park system.

Just east of the town of Versaille, Indiana, well, this is a really neat Indiana covered bridge! The best part of it is that this old  bridge, constructed in 1885, is still drivable!

Not only can you drive on it, but it feels like quite the trip. In fact, this may be one of the longest covered bridges that little Indiana and family have visited so far!

Versailles, Indiana Covered Bridge

Busching Covered Bridge in Versailles, Indiana
Busching Covered Bridge in Versailles, Indiana
One of the more unique features of this bridge, and something that I hadn’t seen before, is the existence of “windows” roughly halfway down the bridge.

The Indiana covered bridges that we’ve walked or driven on have all been completely enclosed. But the Busching Bridge has a large section of open area allowing you to stop and take a peek. Carefully, of course–this is a one lane only sort of bridge!

These window-like openings do have a sort of awning over them. However, I would think it would snow in at some point! You know how our winters go.

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Busching Covered Bridge in Versailles, Indiana
Busching Covered Bridge in Versailles, Indiana
I don’t yet know if this is a common feature and I’ve managed to miss it or not during our Indiana town travels. What do you think? What is the purpose of the windows?

Unsolved mystery or not, Busching Covering Bridge in Versailles, Indiana is a great attraction!

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Busching Bridge
Versailles State Park
1387 E US Highway 50
Versailles, Indiana

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  1. Jessica Nunemaker

    Thanks Mark! I’ve been wondering that for ages. Glad to have an answer! :)

  2. Jessica,
    When the Busching Covered Bridge was restored in the mid ’90’s it was & still is a requirement that covered bridges of or over a certain length had to have openings for travelers to see out. What purpose this serves I don’t know but that is why they are there.

  3. Ha ha ha! Why not indeed. :)

  4. Jessica:
    Covered bridges are always fascinating and part of the lore of Fairfield was its bridge, one that was among the longest in the Whitewater Valley, withstanding the major floods of the 20th century.

    Sadly, the bridge was dismantled for its value and burned by vandals before it could be reassembled after the inundation of our valley. Another bridge upstream at Dunlapsville, also working at the time but slightly shorter, met a similar unfortunate fate — burned by vandals. It too was to be dismantled and moved as the lake encroached.

    Covered bridges were a staple in eastern Indiana in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Most failed during the floods of 1913 and 1937 but many were simply too narrow and feeble for the larger vehicles that came along in the 1920s.

    Why were bridges covered? Simple — to keep them dry.

    Why windows? Why not?

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