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Medora Covered Bridge

Medora, Indiana

At 431 feet and 10 inches, this is the longest historic covered bridge in the United States. 

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This covered bridge in southern Indiana has the longest span of any historic covered bridge in the United States. Measuring 431 feet, 10 inches, the bridge spans the East Fork of the White River, just a mile from the town of Medora.

The bridge was built in 1875 to replace a ferry, and it carried cars and trucks until 1972. Though the current traffic is limited to pedestrians, it is believed the be the last three-span bridge in Indiana and is the longest span of any historic bridge remaining in the country. In 2007, the bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Medora Covered Bridge was replaced by a modern one in 1973. It was barely saved from demolition. A major remodel was finally completed in 2011. The original truss remains, with only a few repairs.

The nearby town of Medora, with a population of about 700 people, is the setting of the music video for John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good.”

Know Before You Go

There is a park along one end of the bridge with picnic tables. The other end has a small parking area. You can easily walk the bridge and watch the White River flow by.

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