Normally we love to attend festivals, but today we planned to arrive after the festival was over. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? We arrived in Rockville, Indiana late Sunday afternoon. After checking into a motel, we walked to the nearest covered bridge.
This is a great bridge. We did walk through it, but thought it was strange to see “Cross this bridge at a walk.”
But now I, Zeb the Duck, understand. Horses are to pass through the bridge at a walk. Isn’t this a perfect horse pulled cart? Cars, of course, can drive slowly through the bridge. OK, we are here in Rockville, Indiana as the Covered Bridge Festival is ending. The town of Rockville had a population of 2,600 people according to the 2010 census. A nice, small town. But the covered bridge festival begins the second Friday in October and lasts 10 days. During that time, there will be about 2 million visitors, according to the website. That is a lot of people! Let’s look around town first. The courthouse is a majestic old building.
Here we see some of the tents used during the festival. We love decorations.
Autumn decorations abound in Rockville. Near the courthouse, we liked the Memorial Presbyterian Church.
The town has many old homes that are still in use today.
Look at these wide, tree lined streets.
Plenty of space for 2,600 people, but too crowded for hundreds of thousands or even millions. This county in Indiana has at least 31 covered bridges. The Visitor’s Center provides maps, with 4 recommended routes. Humans can drive all over the county, following the suggested routes, to experience driving through covered bridges. We found some bridges Sunday night, but did more driving Monday morning. Here is Crooks Bridge.
I like bridges with windows. This part of Indiana is farm country.
This farmer is working on his tractor today. Farming is hard work. This farm has the barn with cows and a covered bridge in the background.
You can see the dust from a car that just drove through the covered bridge. Of course, farms mean cows, and we like cows.
This cow lives and grazes near the McAllister Bridge. I, Zeb the Duck, wanted to remind you that these bridges are necessary.
This one allows passage over the river. This trip we just wanted to see the covered bridges. We were not particularly interested in purchasing items, but maybe next time we will come during the festival. We hope you enjoyed festivals and autumn drives this year. We like them.
Love these photos! Covered bridges are definitely not a Colorado sight—I’d be a little confused initially, too. Great post, thanks for sharing!
What a pretty area. I think I would rather avoid the festival so I could take my time enjoying all the bridges.