"Covered Bridge Capital" Rockville by Toughluck

Rockville Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 50 photos

The Magic

The is something about a covered bridge that takes one back to an easier time. When life moved at a slower pace, if not a less demanding one.

For additional covered bridges in neighboring countys see:
North in County - Turkey Run State Park page
- Narrows CB Travelogue
North - Veedersburg - Fountain County page
East - Greencastle - Putnam County page
Northeast - Shades State Park - Deer Mills CB

Basics

Kings Post and Queens Post.

The King's Post bridge is the simplest. A central vertical post with a brace on each side. This bridge can span the length between the bottom of the two post. If you add additional verticle posts with braces on one side ( multiple king's post ) the bridge can span wider creeks. There is a limit when the span becomes to long.

The Queen's Post was designed to span wider creeks. It has two verticle posts that form a box and a diagonal brace on each side of the box. This is a longer span to start and can be made longer with additional 'king posts' balanced on each side of the central box.

Variations

As wider streams needed to be spanned various trusses were developed.

Burr Arch - Most common in Parke County. is a multiple King's Post with an arch added. The arch carried additional weight from the center of the span to the outer edges.

The Howe Truss is one form of strengthening a basic truss.
The Long Truss is another form of providing more strength.

The Townsend Lattice is a complete change in how to build a truss. It is a series of parallel braces forming a wall, a lattice . The form is vary strong and can be used for spans at the maximum length of the King's Post and the Queen's Post, but not much longer.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of covered bridges
  • Cons:Maybe too many, too much alike
  • Last visit to Rockville: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 7, 2007
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