updated: 9/28/2011 9:45:40 AM
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will dedicate a reconstructed bridge this week in southern Indiana that provided access to a popular amusement park in the early 1900s. The historic Portersville Bridge has been moved to the Charlestown State Park.
September 27, 2011
The Indiana DNR invites media to Charlestown State Park for the Portersville Bridge dedication on Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. on the park’s Trail 3.
Originally slated for demolition, the Portersville Bridge was ultimately saved and moved to Charlestown State Park.
Before relocation and construction of the historic bridge over Fourteenmile Creek, the only access from the park onto the now-connected peninsula from the park was by boat. The bridge grants hikers an easy entrance to Rose Island, an early 1900s amusement park.
After the ceremony, a guided interpretive hike to Rose Island will be offered. The amusement park was swept away by the devastating 1937 flood.
For more information about this program call the Charlestown Park Office at (812) 256-5600.
Source: Indiana Department of Natural Resources