Wooden Covered Bridges, a North American Tradition

I just love covered bridges. They’re so traditional and iconically North American. Here are a few examples I’ve come across on my Journeys on this great continent.

Tradition squared - a Mennonite wagon crosses a covered bridge (West Montrose, ON)

Tradition squared – a Mennonite wagon crosses a covered bridge (West Montrose, ON)

Me at Swartz covered bridge (Wyandot, OH)

Me at Swartz Covered Bridge (Wyandot, OH)

A newer-looking covered bridge in Redwood State Park (near Crescent City, CA)

A newer-looking covered bridge in Redwood State Park (near Crescent City, CA)

Sachs covered bridge reflected in the mirror-smooth waters of Marsh Creek (Gettysburg, PA)

Sachs Covered Bridge reflected in the mirror-smooth waters of Marsh Creek (Gettysburg, PA)

Baltimore covered bridge is tiny (Springfield, VT)

Baltimore Covered Bridge is tiny (Springfield, VT)

Blenheim Covered Bridge (North Blenheim, NY). This was the longest single span covered wooden bridge in the world, until it was sadly destroyed by Hurricane Irene on August 28th, 2011.

Blenheim Covered Bridge (North Blenheim, NY). This was the longest single span covered wooden bridge in the world, until it was sadly destroyed by Hurricane Irene on August 28th, 2011.

This post was inspired by the themes Wood/Spring (from Cee of Cee’s Photography) and Traditional (from Sue of A Word in Your Ear)

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14 Responses to Wooden Covered Bridges, a North American Tradition

  1. I love covered bridges as well. The Sach’s is the only one of these I have been to.

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Wooden bridges…perfect for these challenges. I like very much! 🙂

  3. seeker says:

    My favourite is Sachs. Great shot!

  4. jpeggytaylor says:

    Fascinating post! I am wondering if the point of the bridges being covered is to make it easier to persuade animals to cross them, especially if the river below is in flood 🙂

    • Jaspa says:

      I always thought it was to keep them clear of snow in the winter, Peggy. But apparently it’s to protect the actual bridge from the weather in general, so it doesn’t rot so quickly.

  5. What a great variety of covered bridge styles. There are a bunch still here in New Brunswick, including the the Longest Covered Bridge in the World in Florenceville (see my blog of May 18 for a pic). I think there may be several Longest Covered Bridge(s) in the World in North America.

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  7. Amy says:

    Beautiful captures of these covered bridges. Especially the third one!

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