Columbus has three bridges that will delight any bridge lover, each within a few miles of each other, and ranging in style from a traditional covered bridge nestled in a city park, to a cable-stayed bridge situated to frame a stunning entrance into the community. All three bridges are located on the Columbus People Trail and you can even cross two of the bridges.
The New Brownsville Covered Bridge is the focal point of a beautiful circular pond in the award-winning Mill Race Park, created by the legendary landscape designer Michael Van Valkenburgh. The hundred-foot bridge is the only long-truss structure in Indiana and it can transport you all the way back to 1840, when it was built to cross the East Fork of the Whitewater River near Brownsville. The bridge is a stop on The Indiana Covered Bridge Loop, where you can connect with this fascinating chapter in American history. The Loop will take you to nine covered bridges, transporting you to another time revealing the beautiful countryside in Southern Indiana. The bridge is also, of course, the ideal backdrop for your Facebook and Instagram posts!
Yelp reviewer Richard R. thoughtfully reminds us, "It is one of the oldest covered bridges in the state and a great lesson to us all that, with a little love and care, many things can, and will, continue to stand the test of time. The marriage of this bridge to its new location at Mill Pond is poetic. Something old (the bridge itself), something new (the beautiful park), something borrowed (taken from another county), and something blue (the serene pond below it). Indiana, you are definitely the girl next door that I never noticed, but I see you now. Thanks for taking the time to restore so many of your amazing covered bridges and capturing my attention."
The Robert Stewart Bridge, just around the corner from the Brownsville Bridge, frames the entryway into downtown Columbus and beautifully demonstrates a modernist merging of art and engineering as the first cable-stayed bridge of its kind in North America. The bright red steel supports connect steel tension cables arranged in an arc that is dramatically lit in the evening hours. Renamed Robert N. Stewart Bridge in 2013, the bridge now recognizes Columbus' three-term mayor.
Columbus' other dramatic red cable-stayed bridge at Exit 68 on Interstate 65 acts as the front door to a city and announces to all who are heading north and south that there is something entirely unique to be experienced in this city with so many architectural assets that it lives up to the claim that it is "unexpected" and "unforgettable."
In addition, if you are adventurous and can venture off the well-trodden path, Columbus also has two bridges listed on The National Register of Historic Places - New Hope Bridge, on County Road 400 N, over the Flat Rock River and Pugh Ford Bridge, on County Road 900 N, over the Flat Rock River.