Covered bridges are romantic yet practical. They also bring an interesting architectural element to their surroundings. These bridges are timber-truss with a roof and siding, creating an almost complete enclosure. Their purpose is to protect the wooden structural elements from the outdoor elements. Without protection from the weather, the wooden timbers supporting the bridge would decay and eventually collapse. But by keeping them dry, they will last much longer. In fact, uncovered wooden bridges have a lifespan of only 10 to 15 years because of the effects of rain and sun. These bridges also protect pedestrians and encourage horses to cross water.
Facts About Covered Bridges
Here are some quick facts according to National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges:
- The first covered bridge in the U.S. was built in 1805 at Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
- The oldest documented American covered bridge is the Hyde Hall Bridge in Glimmerglass State Park near Cooperstown, New York. It was built in 1825.
- Pennsylvania has the most covered bridges with 213. Ohio is second with 148.
Pretty Covered Bridges
Lyndsey Matthews at HarpersBazaar.com in “17 of the Prettiest Covered Bridges in America to Visit This Fall” compiled a photo gallery of spectacular bridges. I can’t think of a better way to end the month of November than by viewing these American beauties.
Pretty Autumn Covered Bridge Pictures
To get you excited for autumn, here are some of the most beautiful and romantic covered bridges to visit across America once the foliage starts to change. Check out the full story here…