I am glad that I stopped at the Mill on the first day of my trip. As I was wandering around there, I saw a Ranger and asked him if there were maps to the Bridges in the area. He said that he would check and provided me with one. I'm glad that he did, because I would have never found most of these Bridges otherwise.
Parke County is home to at least 30 Covered Bridges. It probably has the highest concentration of covered bridges in the country, if not the world. I guess one of the reasons is because there are all sorts of rivers that snake through the area. Probably the other reason is that at some point, they decided to preserve these bridges. For the most part, they appeared to be in pretty good shape (considering that many of them are over 100 years old).
Recently, they started to host a Covered Bridge Festival. I'm not sure what that entails but it sounds like unless you are really interested, it's a good time to avoid this area. It's kind of a shame because it falls around the time that the colors would look pretty nice. However, I'm sure it brings some money into the area and gives a reason to keep maintaining these bridges.
I'm kind of surprised that Michigan doesn't have more covered bridges. It seems like there are plenty of rivers here and consequently, there would have been many bridges. Maybe they fell into disrepair too soon or they were replaced with tougher bridges.
It's kind of nice to go through an area where they seem to embrace their history. For the most part, it seemed like the bridges were pretty well maintained.