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Westport Covered Bridge Festival

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Westport Covered Bridge Festival

Date: June 6, 2015

Location: Westport, IN

The Westport Covered Bridge crosses Sand Creek and is located east of Westport on Layton Road, in Section 5, Township 8 North, and Range 9 East, Decatur County. This single span Burr Arch Truss structure has a length of 115 feet, or 130 feet including the 7-foot 6-inch overhang at each end, with a portal clearance 16 feet wide by 13 feet high. Archibald M. Kennedy & Sons, who were awarded payment of $16.00 per foot, built the Bridge in 1880; E. S. Bussell & Brothers constructed the abutments. In its original form the bridge was completely enclosed, however, the full-length windows were the final outcome as openings were slowly added over time to allow visual acknowledgement of oncoming traffic. The road finally bypassed this structure in 1975 and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places June 25, 1982. Listed as #14-16-01 in the 1989 World Guide this structure was closed to traffic and by 2002 and when I first visited the bridge, it was in a sad state. The citizens of Westport worked together to completely restore this Kennedy structure to its original grandeur and in the summer of 2004 it was once again opened to limited traffic!

The 14th Annual Westport Covered Bridge Festival will be on Saturday, June 6, 2015. beginning at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast. Parade to begin at 10:00 a.m., moving thru Westport and ending at Dam Park.

The annual dog show will begin at 2 pm at the Westport Park Area (by the dam). Registration forms can be found on the website. Information regarding the parade can be directed to 812.593.3827

If you would like to be a vendor at the event the application can be found on the website as well or call 812.591.3000

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