Soldiers and Sailors Monument named a national landmark

Monument Circle, Indianapolis. (Provided Photo/Nick Spencer)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The National Park Service has added two Indiana spots to its list of National Historic Landmarks.

The Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Indianapolis and the West Union Covered Bridge in Parke County were added Wednesday.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, designed by Bruno Schmitz as the result of an international competition and dedicated in 1902, is the largest Civil War memorial in the country. The park service has called the monument exceptional, noting its role in influencing other civic architecture in Indianapolis. The monument joins nearby World War Memorial Plaza, already on the list. You can learn more about monuments in Indianapolis here.

The West Union Covered Bridge, built in 1876 and spanning Sugar Creek in west central Indiana, was included in a park service study of bridge design as one of the 20 best examples of American timber truss covered bridges, and is honored for quality of the workmanship and materials it represents.

You can learn more about the bridge here.

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