Indiana: Parke County

Parke County (pop. 17,339) is west of Putnam County. It reached its peak population of 23,000 in 1900.

The only Parke County in the U.S.

With 31 covered bridges, it is known as “The Covered Bridge Capital of the World.”

Jackson Covered Bridge (1861)

The county seat is the city of Rockville (pop. 2,607).

Parke County Courthouse (1881)

The Chautauqua Pavilion in Rockville is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1913

Rockville and other Parke County communities have hosted an annual Covered Bridge Festival since 1957.

One of Indiana’s largest festivals

The Ritz Theater (1912) in Rockville is the home of the Parke Players.

The town of Marshall (pop. 324), north of Rockville, is known for its arch at the entrance to town.

Built in 1921

Turkey Run State Park is in the northern part of the county. It was Indiana’s second state park, purchased in 1916.

Known for its sandstone gorges, or “runs”

Pitcher Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown (1876-1948) was born in rural Parke County. Although he lost parts of two fingers in a farm-machinery accident, he had a lifetime record of 239-130.

He’s in the Hall of Fame.

The unincorporated Parke County community of Lodi was not the setting of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 song; the song referred to the city in California’s Central Valley.

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One comment on “Indiana: Parke County

  1. dot says:

    Nice tribute to the grandboy…..lol!

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