May 29, 2020: Anita Larkin Ford has passed along this information from the Star website. KPC News is reporting that the Spencerville Covered Bridge Restoration Group will be having a fundraising event on June 13th. The fundraiser had originally been scheduled back in March but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event will feature a chicken barbeque and a garage sale. According to the event posting on the Spencerville Covered Bridge Facebook group, "We are raising funds to remove & install the new flooring for the covered bridge. The bridge has been closed since October 2018. The bridge also has some structural issues that the county is committed to fixing. The estimate for our portion of the work is coming in at about $46,000. (Waiting on official bids). Our goal is $50,000. That gives us a bit of wiggle room for any unforeseen cost."
The Spencerville or Coburn Covered Bridge (WGN 14-17-01) is located in Spencer Township in DeKalb County. The bridge was built in 1873 to cross the St. Joseph River. It is 160 feet long and uses a Smith #4 truss.¹
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Keep up to date with information about the bridge at The Spencerville Covered Bridge Facebook group.
Our thanks to Anita Larkin Ford for passing this story on to us - Ed.
Notes: 1. World Guide to Covered Bridges by the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, Inc. 2009 Edition