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Bridging The Years: Indiana Festival Celebrates Covered Spans' Heritage

Covered bridges, popular in the 1800s, have been disappearing as modes of travel have changed.

But you can still see a concentration of them among the colorful fall foliage at the Covered Bridge Festival in Parke County, Ind., from Oct. 8-17.

With 31 covered bridges, Parke County considers itself "The Covered Bridge Capital of the World." The festival draws an estimated 2 million visitors annually, according to the Parke County Visitors and Convention Bureau.

A good place to start is the courthouse square in Rockville, Ind., where hundreds of booths of arts, crafts, demonstrations and old-fashioned homemade foods are displayed and for sale. Rockville is about 60 miles west of Indianapolis.

It's a great way to spend a leisurely few days traversing the county enjoying the cool fall days with exciting smells, tastes and maybe to even steal a kiss with your loved one on the bridge.

For more information, visit www.coveredbridges.comhttp://www.coveredbridges.com/ (which includes an interactive map) or call (765) 569-5226.

IF YOU GO:

What: Covered Bridge Festival in Parke County, Ind. When: Oct. 8-17

Where: Rockville, Ind., located in west-central Indiana, about 60 miles west of Indianapolis. More information : www.coveredbridges.com. To view a photo gallery, go to www.jsonline/photos

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