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PostSubject: Another weekend, another picnic?   Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:09 am

Not too far from here are a couple of beautiful old covered bridges. I've always loved them! Want to come along for a little tour? (It won't be a three-hour-tour. batEyes )

The first one here has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl....but look at how close that picnic table is to the river! I do believe I'd either sit on the other side of the table, or just plain move it a little.



Another view:







Here's a picture of the front of the bridge:



In case you can't see what the sign above the bridge says, it reads "$5 FINE For Riding Or Driving On This Bridge Faster Than A Walk." (And yes, the police do take that quite seriously.) We'll go inside...but you have to pay the fine yourself if you get a ticket for speeding.







This next picture is the lower part of the park. The little creek under the small bridge to the left is a favorite spot for kids to catch crayfish and minnows. And in the background, you can see the double bridge. The top one is for vehicles, and the lower bridge is a walking bridge.




Okay....Now we're heading over to the second covered bridge. It doesn't have the large, beautiful park with it, but it has such a rustic charm!






And, the last shot is a side view of Whites Bridge.....





I read that originally, open wooden bridges were built, and would last about 9-10 years and have to be replaced. But by covering the bridges and protecting them from the elements, the life of the bridges could be multiplied significantly. The first bridge I showed you was built in 1871, and has been in use ever since. Of course, it has had maintenance - but still....138 years and counting is pretty good, I'd say.

That's the end of the tour. But you can stick around for the mini-picnic if you like. (Robbie, just for you, I didn't make coleslaw. )
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PostSubject: Re: Another weekend, another picnic?   Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:31 am

Those are beautiful pictures, Savannah. I love covered bridges.

I agree, the picnic table in the first picture is a bit close to the water. I can see sitting at the table for a meal and some chit-chat, getting up to stretch your legs, and ending up in the water. Laughing

Thanks for the tour!


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PostSubject: Re: Another weekend, another picnic?   Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:42 am

Wow, these are beautiful!

Savannah wrote:
But by covering the bridges and protecting them from the elements, the life
of the bridges could be multiplied significantly.

As I was looking at these, I was wondering why they built covered bridges in the first place - whether it was for safety reasons, or just because they looked so good. This explanation makes sense.

Thanks for not making coleslaw the pictures!
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PostSubject: Re: Another weekend, another picnic?   Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:30 am

Those are all great Savannah, but I agree, that first one is just----special. It reminds me so much of the one in Little House! I love it too, and wow, 138 years old!! Amazing.

Thanks for sharing! Thumbsup


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PostSubject: Re: Another weekend, another picnic?   Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:44 am

pamh36 wrote:
I agree, the picnic table in the first picture is a bit close to the water. I can see sitting at the table for a meal and some chit-chat, getting up to stretch your legs, and ending up in the water.

That's why I'm not sitting on the river side of the picnic table. I can't swim!


Rob wrote:
Thanks for not making coleslaw the pictures!

There are times when you leave me speechless, Robbie. But sometimes words aren't really necessary.


Amy wrote:
Those are all great Savannah, but I agree, that first one is just----special. It reminds me so much of the one in Little House! I love it too, and wow, 138 years old!! Amazing.


It reminds me of the one in Little House, too. I think that's why I've always liked it so much. It's interesting to see what was going on in 1871 when it was being built. Laura was four years old, Orville Wright was born, the first cable car was patented, the National Association of Professional Baseball Players was established, Jesse James was busy robbing banks and trains....and of course, on Oct.8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire raged - but on the very same night, massive fires also destroyed the cities of Holland, Port Huron, and Manistee in Michigan, along with Peshtigo in Wisconsin. Grant was our President, Susan B. Anthony was arrested for trying to vote, and Stanley met Dr. Livingston who was working as a missionary in Africa. "Dr. Livingston, I presume?"

Sorry.....I'll stop now. I just love history. Back to the picnic!
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PostSubject: Re: Another weekend, another picnic?   Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:58 pm

Those bridges are really neat.....makes me want to jump in the wagon and have the horses take me through, no speeding, of course, just walking through...........



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PostSubject: Re: Another weekend, another picnic?   Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:05 pm

awesome pictures Savannah! I agree with you, the picnic table in that first picture is a little close to the water, but the rather funny sign above the bridge makes up for it. Thanks for sharing!
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PostSubject: Re: Another weekend, another picnic?   Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:29 am

Cool pictures. I like covered bridges, too.


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