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Kennedy Bridge, Rush County survey drawings

 Collection — Folder: S2726
Identifier: S2726

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photostat copies of seven survey drawings of the Kennedy Bridge that spanned the Flat Rock River in Rush County, Indiana. The drawings were created by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and are dated January 25, 1934.


  • 1934/01/25

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Archibald Kennedy and his sons, Emmett L. and Charles F., were covered bridge builders from Rush County, Indiana. Their covered bridges were known for their craftsmanship and the rounded archways and ornamental scrollwork on the gable ends were characteristic of their work. Most of their bridges were single span and were built with the Burr Arch Truss. In 1881, their first bridge to include covered walkways was built over the Flat Rock River on what is now State Road 44 about a mile east of Rushville. In 1934, drawings of the bridge were completed by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), a federal preservation program of the National Park Service that was begun in 1933 to document America's architectural heritage. The bridge was removed in 1940 to make way for a more modern structure.


Arnold, Eleanor. "The Bridge Building Kennedys Leave Their Mark." Rushville Republican (IN), February 22, 1999.,25347.

Indiana Covered Bridge Society. "The Bridge Builders: Kennedy Family." Bridge Builders. Accessed September 10, 2018.

Library of Congress. "Kennedy Bridge, Spanning Flat Rock River at State Route 44, Rushville, Rush County, IN." Photos, Prints, Drawings. Accessed September 10, 2018.

National Park Service. "Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)." Heritage Documentation Programs. Accessed September 10, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



The drawings in the collection are arranged in the sequence created by The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS).

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation and transferred from the photograph collection in 2018/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/09/10 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/09/10 by Laura Eliason.
Kennedy Bridge, Rush County survey drawings
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.