10/52: Dick Huffman Covered Bridge


The Dick Huffman Covered Bridge still spans the Big Walnut Creek in Putnam County, Indiana. I first crossed this bridge as a young child in a family of unabashed river rats. My grandparents had a rustic cabin on the west bank of the Eel River about a mile south downstream. Although leaning a bit, the 1880 bridge is sound. If you look close, you will see my best friend walking in the shadows toward the viewing windows. I must revisit this bridge when the sun is lower in the sky.

According to countyhistory.com: The Dick Huffman Covered Bridge, earlier known as the Webster Covered Bridge because of its proximity to the old Webster Mill, crosses Big Walnut Creek on County Road 1050 southwest of Manhattan in Putnam County. Built in 1880, this double span Howe Truss structure has a length of 265 feet, or 273 feet including the 4-foot overhang at each end, with a portal clearance 16 feet wide by 15 feet high. The Dick Huffman Covered Covered Bridge is listed in the 1989 “World Guide to Covered Bridges,” published by The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges Inc., as 14-67-13. The structure was previously identified as “mw” by the Covered Timber Bridge Commission of 1938.

Photo of the Week series: Every Sunday in 2012 I will either share a photo from my archives or something new I just can’t wait to get feedback on for future art shows/exhibits.

Blogger participation: My hope is to receive enough input on each week’s photo to later post a Bloggers’ Choice of the Month and wrap up 2012 with a Bloggers’ Choice of the Year.

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8 thoughts on “10/52: Dick Huffman Covered Bridge”

    1. 🙂 Your bridge also was in very good condition. A great photo! I need to go back and take another shot of mine when the sun is down behind the trees. I was only happy with the shadow of my guy walking inside.

  1. Covered bridges are a lot of fun. There’s something magical about them. I think it’s because it’s a definite transition from one place to another, a liminal moment in time where almost anything can happen. I hope you get back to the bridge to photograph it again.

    1. Thanks, Dezra, I will. There’s another 1880 covered bridge in Putnam County I need to revisit (we found it by chance on a recent motorcycle ride) then I think I will feature both. Seems like everyone photographs the wonderful bridges of Parke County. It you get a chance you should come over and see them during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, the second through the third weekend in October.

  2. I really like this photo! The shadows of the branches against the face of the bridge and on the ground as well as the internal structure of the bridge were captured beautifully. This bridge is really holding its own if it can still withstand 8 tons after so many years! There is a historic covered bridge in New Jersey and I believe there’s one in Pennsylvania that I would love to see again. I remember as a child, my mom drove me and her friend (coincidently her name was Sheila as well) home to Pa. when I first saw the covered bridge and thought it was the coolest thing ever! Thanks for sharing! It bought back some great memories. By the way, all the covered bridges I have seen are red…that’s interesting. 🙂

    1. Thanks, onelifethislife! So glad my post brought back wonderful memories of your childhood as it did mine. What a coincidence on the name Sheila 🙂 You are right on the color of the bridges; same with most barns throughout the Midwest, a rustic red. I will research that when I repost this bridge along with another one I have found in Putnam County.

  3. I know this bridge from a film, Meryl Strep and Clint Eastwood, sorry but I can’t remember the name now. This is beautiful. Thank you dear Sheila, with my love, nia

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