Two historic structures in Indiana have earned national recognition. The National Park Service has officially named the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis and the West Union Covered Bridge in Parke County to the list of National Historic Landmarks.

The more than 280-foot Soldiers and Sailors Monument was dedicated in 1902 and is the largest of more than 200 Civil War memorials throughout the country. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the national recognition "recognizes world-class civic designs that have shaped the image of Indianapolis."

The 346-foot West Union Bridge, which runs over Sugar Creek, was commissioned in 1876. The National Park Service recently commissioned the Covered Bridges National Historic Landmark Context Study that highlighted the 20 best examples of timber truss covered bridges with the West Union Bridge making the cut.

The DNR says the National Historic Landmark program, not to be confused with the National Register of Historic Places, "recognizes ‘the best of the best’ properties that provide insight to our national heritage."

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