The Bridges of Union County

Here’s a confession for you: I totally have a thing for covered bridges. I have no idea why I’m so attracted to them (maybe it’s the movie), but if there’s one in the area I have to check it out. So while in Ohio (home to well over 100 covered bridges), visiting a few of these bad boys was definitely on my list. There’s this awesome website that shows you where to find them should anyone else be interested. As crazy as this sounds, I would love to go back and photograph these in the snow…or maybe just the fall. (smile)

Covered bridges can be found throughout the U.S., but primarily seem to be back east. The bridges were covered in order to protect the wooden trusses of bridges so they would last longer and/or to provide a refuge for animals and people from the elements. Some of these bridges have been around for over a hundred years, others for less than a decade. It wasn’t until this little adventure that I realized that new covered bridges are still being built! I’ve included a few of my favorites from this visit below.

Big Darby Bridge (2006)

Bigelow Bridge (1873) (aka Axe Handle Road bridge)

Culbertson Bridge (1868)

Β Pottersburg Bridge (1868) (relocated in 2006)

Spain Creek Bridge (1870s) (aka my personal favorite)

Have you ever seen a covered bridge? Where’s your favorite??

6 thoughts on “The Bridges of Union County

  1. I love those red bridges in your photos! Yep, I’ve seen covered bridges and they are always so romantic looking. In fact the longest one in the world in Hartland, New Brunswick in Canada is not far from where I grew up. It’s 1,282 feet long!
    It was on the way to my grandmother’s house and my brother and I always used to pester my parents to use it, instead of the newer plain boring concrete bridge beside it but they never went through it as much as we wanted them to. 😦 Ah parents eh? πŸ™‚


    • Wow that does seem long for a covered bridge! Most of the ones I’ve come across are fairly short, although some have been very wide. I love all the variety πŸ™‚ I happened upon a covered bride in Alabama (of all places) in college, fell in love, and have been taking sidetracks to see them ever since πŸ™‚ It’s hard to say exactly what it is but there is definitely a romantic aspect about covered bridges (independent all movies/books/etc.) No doubt I would’ve totally been with you guys in wanting to drive through all the time if I’d had one of them around when I was a kid!


  2. I’ve lived in Iowa all my life and here in the Des Moines metro area for 10 years. Only this past Memorial Day weekend did I finally get out to see our famous Bridges of Madison County – on which both the book and movie were based. Here’s something I posted a short while ago:

    Love the photos you’ve posted. Really lovely and I like how you’ve included the appropriate signage for each bridge.


    • Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos πŸ™‚
      I think it’d be so neat to see those bridges from the book/movie!! Mostly because it would mark off two things at once – a “famous” location and covered bridges! πŸ™‚ Sometimes those kind of delayed adventures yield the best results, just because you’ve been thinking about them for a while. Thanks so much for sharing the link!!

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