Exploring the Covered Bridges of Indiana County

Harmon Covered Bridge in Indiana County Pennsylvania

Indiana County, Pennsylvania was at one time home to at least 48 covered bridges.

Trusal Covered Bridge in Indiana County was named after local property owner Robert Trusal.
Trusal Covered Bridge in Indiana County was named after local property owner Robert Trusal.

Today, there are four remaining covered bridges in Indiana County, all located in close proximity to one another in an area north of the college town of Indiana.

A map to the four covered bridges of Indiana County, Pennsylvania.
A map to the four covered bridges of Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

All four Indiana County covered bridges are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and I’ll provide a brief description as well as directions/GPS coordinates for each one of the bridges in the paragraphs below.

Thomas Covered Bridge was built by Amos Thomas and is the longest covered bridge in Indiana County PA.
Thomas Covered Bridge was built by Amos Thomas and is the longest covered bridge in Indiana County.

Thomas Covered Bridge in Indiana County

Thomas Covered Bridge in Indiana County was completely rebuilt in 1998 for slightly more than one million dollars, and the results are magnificent!

Thomas Covered Bridge in Indiana County is also known as Thomas Station Bridge
Thomas Covered Bridge in Indiana County is also known as Thomas Station Bridge.

At 75 feet long, Thomas Covered Bridge is the longest covered bridge in Indiana County.

Thomas Covered Bridge in Indiana County is 75 feet in length and crosses Crooked Creek.
Thomas Covered Bridge in Indiana County is 75 feet in length and crosses Crooked Creek.

Thomas Covered Bridge utilizes Town Lattice trusses, and is still open to vehicular traffic.

Thomas Covered Bridge in Indiana County utilizes Town Lattice trusses in its construction.
Thomas Covered Bridge in Indiana County utilizes Town Lattice trusses in its construction.

Thomas Covered Bridge is located along, conveniently enough, Thomas Covered Bridge Road at GPS coordinates 40.66406, -79.23685.

Thomas Covered Bridge was rebuilt in 1998 at a cost of around one million dollars.
Thomas Covered Bridge was rebuilt in 1998 at a cost of around one million dollars.

Trusal Covered Bridge in Indiana County

Trusal Covered Bridge is the shortest covered bridge in Indiana County at 41 feet in length.

Trusal Covered Bridge is the shortest covered bridge in Indiana County Pennsylvania.
Trusal Covered Bridge is the shortest covered bridge in Indiana County.

Trusal Covered bridge is also the oldest remaining covered bridge in Indiana County.

Trusal Covered Bridge fact sheet located at the bridge.
Trusal Covered Bridge fact sheet located at the bridge.

Trusal Covered Bridge utilizes Town Lattice trusses in its construction.

Trusal Covered Bridge in Indiana County PA utilizes Town Lattice trusses. in its construction
Trusal Covered Bridge in Indiana County PA utilizes Town Lattice trusses. in its construction.

Trusal Covered Bridge is located along Trusal Road at GPS coordinates 40.73035, -79.18429.

Trusal Covered Bridge in Indiana County was built in 1870 and is 41 feet in length.
Trusal Covered Bridge in Indiana County was built in 1870 and is 41 feet in length.

Harmon Covered Bridge

Harmon Covered Bridge in Indiana County is the “youngest” of the county’s bridges, built in 1910.

Harmon Covered Bridge historical plaque in Indiana County PA
Harmon Covered Bridge historical plaque in Indiana County.

Harmon Covered Bridge is named in honor of Civil War veteran J.S. Harmon, a local farmer who survived the infamous Confederate POW camp in Andersonville, Georgia.

Harmon Covered Bridge is 45 feet in length and was built in 1910.
Harmon Covered Bridge is 45 feet in length and was built in 1910.

Harmon Covered Bridge utilizes Town Lattice trusses in its construction.

Harmon Covered BRidge fact sheet located at the bridge.
Harmon Covered Bridge fact sheet located at the bridge.

Harmon Covered Bridge is located along Donahue Road at GPS coordinates 40.73403, -79.17553.

Harmon Covered Bridge was named after Civil War veteran J.S. Harmon
Harmon Covered Bridge was named after Civil War veteran J.S. Harmon.

Kintersburg Covered Bridge

Kintersburg Covered Bridge in Indiana County was named after local shopkeeper Isaac Kinter.

Kintersburg Covered Bridge is named after shopkeeper Isaac Kinter.
Kintersburg Covered Bridge is named after shopkeeper Isaac Kinter.

Kintersburg Covered Bridge utilizes the rather rare Howe trusses in its construction, the same as Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge in Huntingdon County.

Kintersburg Covered Bridge fact sheet located at the bridge.
Kintersburg Covered Bridge fact sheet located at the bridge.

Kintersburg Covered Bridge is 68 feet long, and was bypassed by a “modern” bridge in 1977.

Kintersburg Covered Bridge is 68 feet long and was built in 1877.
Kintersburg Covered Bridge is 68 feet long and was built in 1877.

Kintersburg Bridge is located along Musser Road at GPS coordinates 40.71353, -79.08124.

Kintersburg Covered Bridge utilizes Howe trusses in its construction.
Kintersburg Covered Bridge utilizes Howe trusses in its construction.

Nearby Attractions

Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County is part of a county-owned park that was once the childhood playground of Fred Rogers, AKA Mister Rogers of children’s television fame.

Buttermilk Falls on a summer morning in Indiana County Pennsylvania.
Fence and stairs around Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County.

A modern series of stairs and walkways means that today you can safely stand BEHIND those same Buttermilk Falls that Fred Rogers explored as a child.

View from behind Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County PA.
View from behind Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County.

The Jonnet Flea Market along Route 22 near Blairsville is one of the finest roadside attractions in Indiana County.

The Jonnet Flea Market along ROute 22 just west of Blairsville in Indiana County, PA.
The JOnnet Flea Market along Route 22 just west of Blairsville.

You never know what priceless treasure you’ll find at the iconic Jonnet Flea Market, open in this location since 1982.

An impressive cat in a dress photo at the Jonnet Flea Market in Indiana County.
An impressive “cat in a dress” photo at the Jonnet Flea Market in Indiana County.

Exploring the Covered Bridges of Somerset County takes you on a tour of the 10 remaining covered bridges in “America’s County”.

A lone fisherman on Brush Creek below the Pack Saddle Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.
A lone fisherman on Brush Creek below the Pack Saddle Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.

Sachs Covered Bridge in Gettysburg has been called “Pennsylvania’s most historic covered bridge”.

Southwestern end of Sachs Covered Bridge near Gettysburg.
Southwestern end of Sachs Covered Bridge near Gettysburg.

Nine years after its construction, Union forces crossed Sachs Covered Bridge on July 1, 1863, headed towards Gettysburg.

Three days later, retreating Confederate forces also crossed Sachs Covered Bridge.

How to find Sachs Covered Bridge near Gettysburg Pennsylvania.
100 foot-long Sachs Covered Bridge near Gettysburg Pennsylvania.

The Hassenplug Covered Bridge in Mifflinburg is the oldest existing covered bridge in Pennsylvania, and believed to be the second-oldest covered bridge in the United States!

Approaching the Hassenplug Covered Bridge in Mifflinburg, Union County.
Approaching the Hassenplug Covered Bridge in Mifflinburg, Union County.

Logan Mills Covered Bridge is the last remaining historic covered bridge in Clinton County, Pennsylvania.

Summer at Logan Mills Covered Bridge in Pennsylvania
Summer at Logan Mills Covered Bridge in Pennsylvania

McGees Mills Covered Bridge is the last remaining historic covered bridge in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

McGees Mills Covered Bridge Clearfield County Pennsylvania
McGees Mills COvered Bridge in Clearfield County, PA.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Is there such a thing as too many covered bridge photos? Unfriend them if they that negative…lol..
    Awesome collection..thanks for sharing..
    Severe covered bridge shortage in the Southwest…lol

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