Source: NMHS Newsletter May 1986
NORTH MANCHESTER COVERED BRIDGE
By Daphne Cook
Fifth Grade, Maple Park
North Manchester covered bridge is
113 years old this year (1985).
In order for the bridge’s history to be recorded,
Mrs. Martha Farmer, Timbercrest Home, North Manchester,
has provided many of her memories of the bridge.
Mrs. Farmer’s parents moved into
the home last owned by Max Bush, near the bridge, when
she was ten years old and she lived there most of her
Mrs. Farmer remembered that the
bridge was very dark at night.
One time her mother was coming home from church
services and came across several cows and they were
lying on the floor of the bridge.
This memory is from the 1880’s or the 1890’s.
At a much later time an electric
light was put in the middle, top of the bridge but it
did not last for long.
That is because it made a good little target for
little and big kids and their slingshots.
One of the adventures for young men
in North Manchester at the turn of the century was to
“beau home” their girlfriends across the covered bridge.
The other boys would tease any of their friends
who would walk a girl home from town and go over the
The bridge was built in 1872 and
has always been painted red.
Many years after its original construction,
residents in the neighborhood circulated a petition to
get a walkway added to the bridge.
For many years the covered bridge was the only
means of crossing the river to get into North
There was a rope placed across the river where Second
Street now ends and some people could pull themselves
across the river in boats.
Later a footbridge was constructed near the
present Main Street Bridge, but horses and wagons had to
cross at the covered bridge.
Mrs. Farmer best described the
bridge as “graceful as a lady.
It does not look clumsy but is long and
Newspaper article out of the Journal-Gazette,