Busching Covered Bridge

Busching Covered Bridge

Busching Covered Bridge is a covered Howe through truss over Laughery Creek on County Route 20 (East Perry Street) east of Versailles, Indiana. It 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 crossing was bypassed in 1929 with a closed-spandrel arch. It was rehabilitated in 2005 by CLR Construction, which involved the replacement of lower chord members, several diagonal bracing components, all steel rods connecting the upper and lower chords with tension, and the roof. 2


  • State: Indiana
  • Route:
  • Type: Covered Howe Truss
  • Status: Active - Automobile
  • Total Length: 182 feet
  • Main Span Length: 170 feet
  • Deck Width: 14 feet
  • Truss Height:
  • Above Vertical Clearance: 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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