Friday, June 16, 2006

Bridges of Madison County

The Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge was built in 1871 by Eli Cox, it is 79 feet long.

Originally is spanned the North River near Bevington but was movet to Winterset city part in 1970 and was renovated in 1997 for $35,538

Holiwell Covered Bridge, built in 1880 by Benton Jones and located over the Middle River southeast of Winterset, is the longest bridge, measuring 122 feet.

It was featured in "The Bridges of Madison County". Renovated in 1995 for $225,000.

Imes Covered Bridge is the oldest, built in 1870. First located over Middle River near Patterson, it was moved in 1887 to Clanton Creek near Hanley, then moved to its present site just east of St. Charles in 1977.

It was renovated in 1977 for $31,801.
Five of the original 19 covered bridges remain.


Michelle said...

Super photos, fascinating stuff :o)

Ggraph said...

Great images and history of a wonderful subject. I truly enjoy seeing covered bridges. Thanks for sharing.


Annie said...

I don't think I've ever seen a covered bridge in Arkansas. Your post has made me wonder why bridges were built covered. Was it to protect the travelers somehow?

squire said...

Annie, my guess is that that it was to protect the bridge fron the elements. Since the supports are on top.


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