Wright – Wright Bridge

Wright Bridge. Picture taken in 1960 by the father of Thomas Keesling.

Wright Bridge. Picture taken in 1960 by James Keesling.

Wright Bridge - Built 1883 near Farmland over west fork of White River. Destroyed by fire in 1966. Picture contributed by Debbie Manning Grubbs.

Wright Bridge – Built 1883 near Farmland over west fork of White River. Destroyed by fire in 1966. Picture contributed by Debbie Manning Grubbs.

Wright Covered Bridge, one mile SW of Farmland Indiana

Wright Covered Bridge, one mile SW of Farmland Indiana

The Wright Covered Bridge is no longer standing … it crossed the West Fork of White River on County Road North 900 West in Randolph County. This single span Burr Arch Truss structure had a length of 113 feet, or 133 feet including the 10-foot overhang at each end, with a portal clearance 16 feet wide by 13 feet high. This structure was one of 3 bridges built in Randolph County during 1883 by Archibald M. Kennedy & Sons at a cost of “eighteen dollars per lineal foot measuring the upper chord” (not including the cost of abutments). The Wright Covered Bridge was located near the property of William Wright and all timbers were of white pine except where they came in contact with stone and that was of oak; the double floors were constructed from two inch oak lined with one inch oak and spiked; the siding was split poplar; and the 18 inch shingles were pine; it was lost October 13, 1966. (Arson) George Gould identified a World Guide number of 14-68-02 for the Wright Covered Bridge in his book “Indiana Covered Bridges Thru the Years,” published in 1977 by the Indiana Covered Bridge Society, Inc. In the February 1941 “Indiana History Bulletin” Robert B. Yule and Richard C. Smith assigned the designation “kb” to this Covered Timber Bridge located between Sections 23 and 24, Township 20 North, and Range 12 East, one mile southwest of Farmland.

The Wright family is huge in the Farmland area. William Wright was my 2nd cousin, 2 times removed.  My great grandfather, Everett Wright was only 13 at this time and he was living nearby with his parents and siblings.

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