Dunbar Covered Bridge
Rehabilitated in 2010 and built in 1880 by farmers with timber cut from the Dunbar farm, this Burr Arch, two-span bridge is unique in its construction, with open-air windows lining the sides. There is a discrepancy about the builder. At one time the name J.J. Daniels was on the timbers, and he is given credit for construction. He built the nearby Oakalla Covered Bridge, so it’s possible he is responsible for this historic structure built 18 years prior. There also is speculation it was built by J.A. Britton, who was a Civil War POW and went on to build many covered bridges, including the Rolling Stone, Cornstalk and Pine Bluff covered bridges in Putnam County. However, Britton was known for building single-span bridges, so the Dunbar Bridge, with its two spans, is a bit unusual.
DIRECTIONS: STARTING FROM PUTNAM COUNTY COURTHOUSE, HEAD NORTH ON US-231. TURN LEFT ONTO WEST COUNTY ROAD 25 SOUTH, AT THE “T”, TURN RIGHT ONTO DUNBAR ROAD AND FOLLOW BIG WALNUT CREEK TO THE COVERED BRIDGE.
FREE PARKING – FREE ADMISSION
TOTAL LENGTH: 174’8″
LARGEST SPAN: 84′
PUTNAM PARKS & PATHWAYS
12 WEST WASHINGTON STREET, GREENCASTLE, IN, 46135