Busching Covered Bridge

Busching Covered Bridge is located on County Route 20 South/East Perry Street east of Versailles, Indiana. The one-lane covered Howe through truss spans Laughery Creek and was constructed in 1885 by Thomas A. Hardman. Hardman was locally famous for rebuilding many of the covered bridges in Ripley and Dearborn counties that were destroyed during the Civil War by Confederate John Hunt Morgan.1

The covered bridge was bypassed in 1929 with a closed-spandrel arch. It was rehabilitated in 2005 by CLR Construction of Indiana, with work that included replacing lower chord members, replacing several diagonal bracing components and all of the steel rods that hold the upper and lower chords together with tension. A new standing seam roof was also installed.2

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  • Designation: County Route 20 South/East Perry Street
  • Crosses: Laughery Creek
  • Bridge Type: Covered Howe through truss
  • Total Length: 182 feet
  • Longest Span Length: 170 feet
  • Deck Width: 14 feet
  • Vertical Clearance Above Deck: 15 feet
  1. Busching Covered Bridge. Washington, D.C.: Historic American Engineering Record, n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2012. Article.
  2. “Busching Bridge.” CLR Construction. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2012. Article.

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