We made our way back to Bridgeton, Indiana, this year at the Covered Bridge Festival, and we stayed for a while this time. We stumbled onto this town of Bridgeton last year as we followed the ‘Red’ trail seeking out covered bridges. Not only did the town have a nice covered bridge, but it also had a significant ‘fair’ atmosphere complete with craft shops and fair food! We decided last year that we would spend time here on our next visit. And thus we did!
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Dr. James Crooks Store House / Bridgeton Masonic Lodge – built in 1868 as a three-story building. Removal of the third story occurred in 1920 for reasons yet unknown. The window arch frames are original and unusual for that time of construction.
The most significant structures in Bridgeton are the bridge and the mill. The original mill began operating in 1823. A second mill replaced it in 1848 after it burned down. The second mill also burned down; this existing mill, opened in 1871, became the third mill standing on this site. The original covered bridge entered service in 1868 and continued in that capacity until 1967 when closed to all but pedestrian traffic. Arsonists destroyed that bridge, but the more civilized people had a duplicate built in 2006.
There are many more structure of historical significance in the town; we tried to get a glimpse of them all. However, once our walk-through ended, we checked out the eating establishments. For my part, I had a grilled tenderloin and deep-fried cheese curds; they were both excellent. I also got to sample some good soup and some funnel cake. Unfortunately, no pictures; it seems we got to the eating portion of the visit very near closing time. We had to move fast!