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Indiana's Moscow Bridge Lost to Tornado
Some of you may have heard the news already but perhaps some may not.
Last night ( June 3, 2008) at approximately 9:00 pm a tornado destroyed the Moscow Covered Bridge, IN-70-07, in Rush County, Indiana. The tornado caused much destruction to the small community of Moscow, population 42. Their beloved covered bridge was the site of an annual covered bridge festival held the last weekend each June. It is not known if the festival will be held this year or not because of the extensive destruction
The bridge was a 2-span, 334 ft. Burr truss span across the Big Flat Rock River. It was built in 1886 by Emmet L. Kennedy and featured the fancy scrollwork on the portals, a characteristic of the Kennedy bridge builders. The large bridge was painted white and was last rehabbed in 2002. It was reported in one article as being the longest covered bridge in Indiana still open to traffic. It is a huge loss to this small community. It is not yet known if the bridge will be rebuilt. It is estimated to cost $3-5 million to replace it
Thanks to all who forwarded the news to me and do pass on the info.
Tom Walczak, President
Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of PA, In
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Joe Nelson, P.O Box 267, Jericho, VT 05465-0267
This file posted 05/06/2008