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Covered Bridge Bus Tours Serve as History Lesson

There are 31 covered bridges in Parke County. Twenty-one of those bridges are still in use today. People have come from as far as Russia to just to see them.
There are 31 covered bridges in Parke County. Twenty-one of those bridges are still in use today. People have come from as far as Russia to just to see them. 

The area is known as the covered bridge capital of the world.

"There are more out of state license plates than their are Parke County residents," Penny Davies a Covered Bridge Festival tour guide said.

Each October thousands from across the country make their way to the area to experience the sights, sounds, and covered bridges of Parke County.

"It's like going back in time. The trees are ancient. The bridge is 100-200 years old," David Legarrta of Tampa, Florida said. 

One of the best ways to experience the bridges of Parke County is by hopping on a bus and letting a tour guide lead the way. 

The north route covers 34 miles with stops at five of the county's covered bridges and numerous makeshift markets along the way.

"I guess it's corny if you're from this area. But if you're from another area people here are so nice," Legarrta said.

Tickets for a guided bridge tour are $15. Call 765-569-5226 for more information.

The friendly faces are an added bonus.

Each tour is led by a local guide Whose knowledge of covered bridges is unmatched.
 
"During the time bridges were built we had no wood preservatives, so that's one reason they were covered," Davies said. 

Making an already scenic route even better

"It's nice she's giving us information and everything. The history is great," Legarrta said.

Tickets for a guided bus tour are $15. Call 765-569-5226 for more information.
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