Indiana usually ranks fourth in lists of states with the most covered bridges and we have fewer than a hundred -- working on one fewer still, after a tractor-trailer driver decided to try one on for size up in DeKalb county last month. (Spencerville Covered Bridge, clearance very clearly posted.)
Repair it? And wait for the next modern-highway-sized load to come along? Nope; looks like it's going to moved and become a pedestrian bridge, one more piece of history off the job and put under glass. Beats losing it alogether -- but not by much.
A lot of history plain sucks. Some parts didn't. We should refrain from tossing the good parts out with the bad.
(Post title takes some poetic license: they did build a new one a few years ago, a nice Burr Arch, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But it's more of a functional showpiece.)
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