Houck and Oakalla bridges

On Saturday June 3rd, 2017, whilst passing through  Putnam County, we managed to visit a couple of the covered bridges near Greencastle.


Houck Covered Bridge

Houck bridge


Oakalla Covered Bridge

Oakalla bridge

Which blog to read?

Welcome to the

Colin’s Place

Family of WordPress blogs

I have different blogs, because I like to blog about my various interests. With the New Year approaching, it would seem like a good time to reflect on what I am trying to achieve with these different blogs. There were just four blogs, but the boundaries between them were getting blurred. A lot
of topics crossed the boundaries.

After giving this some thought, I figured, I need to re-arrange my blogs, to better cover the subject material, I wanted to cover.

For the New Year, 2013, the re-arranged blogs including two new ones will be:-

Colin’s Place – A little bit of everything really. Re-blogs of interesting stuff, and some of my personal views and opinions.

Colins Cars Page – A place to share my favorite cars and truck pictures, articles and videos

Around Our Area – What’s going on Around Our Area – Mostly local Festivals, Classic Car Shows, Parades and Town Wide Yard Sales.

Indiana Local History and Waymarks – Things you never knew, about Indiana people and their history

IN Covered Bridges – A Quest to walk across and photograph the remaining covered bridges in Indiana

KC9PDY The world as seen by Colin, KC9PDY – Electronics and Amateur Radio hints, tips and information.

Hopefully this will ease the blurring of the lines between them.

Newport Covered Bridge

Newport Covered Bridge

Posted on October 9, 2012

Last weekend, after leaving the Newport Hill Climb, we visited the nearby covered bridge.

I had previously visited this bridge, but not for about 5 years or so. I wanted to take better pictures, with my newer, and better camera.

I also wanted to Waymark this bridge and it’s Historic Marker.

Newport covered bridge Waymark

Newport bridge Historic Marker Waymark

From the Indiana Historical Marker, for this bridge:-

Newport Covered Bridge

County commissioners ordered (1885) as link across Little Vermilion River at Newport and Quaker Point Free Gravel Road. Built 1885 by Joseph J Daniels, Rockville: Burr Truss design, 180 foot span, sandstone abutments. Floor replaced, 1984. Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1994.

I have some covered bridge pictures, on Flickr

KC9PDY blog about Radio and Waymarking

Darlington Covered bridge

Yesterday, Saturday September 8th, 2012, After visiting the Fish Fry and Festival, I got the opportunity to visit the covered bridge situated west of Darlington, Indiana.

It is one of only two covered bridges in Montgomery County.

Built in 1868, of Howe construction.

It is 166′ in length and crosses Sugar Creek.

This bridge is located west of Darlington

Darlington covered bridge

Darlington covered bridge, crosses Sugar Creek at the old CR600E, west of Darlington, Indiana. It was bypassed by a more modern bridge in 1976.

Darlington bridge, seen from the south end.


Information from the Historical Marker:-
Local donations helped build this important transportation link. Completed 1868; closed to vehicular traffic, 1976. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1990. Approximately 166 feet long; Howe Truss design; built of oak and poplar with limestone abutments. Construction superintendent, Richard M. Epperson; builder, Joseph Kress.

Darlington bridge, showing the Howe Truss construction


Darlington bridge, seen from the north end.


The view from Darlington bridge, looking east.


The view from Darlington bridge, looking west.


The paved floor of Darlington bridge, showing the wooden block construction.

Some of the information, here, was gleaned from Indiana Historical Society’s publication, Focus on Local History, Covered Bridges in Indiana, from 1998. Available HERE