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Gentle yet commanding presences in the American landscape, covered bridges are national treasures that continue to fascinate us.

With spirited prose and ninety-four full-color photographs, American Covered Bridges celebrates the romance and lore of these rural landmarks. This volume leads you on a visual tour that begins in New England, travels down the Eastern seaboard, and then turns west into the heartland and beyond--with frequent stops ...

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Overview

Gentle yet commanding presences in the American landscape, covered bridges are national treasures that continue to fascinate us.

With spirited prose and ninety-four full-color photographs, American Covered Bridges celebrates the romance and lore of these rural landmarks. This volume leads you on a visual tour that begins in New England, travels down the Eastern seaboard, and then turns west into the heartland and beyond--with frequent stops along the way to enjoy the varied designs of these bridges.

Each covered bridge has a unique character: the familiar, steep-roofed designs of the rugged structures in Vermont ("the covered bridge state"); the idiosyncratic structures of the South; and the rambling bridges of the Midwest, painted with vintage advertisements.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781561384723
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 13.12 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Chapter 1 The First Covered Bridges 11
Early American Bridges 12
Exploration and Experiment 17
Why Covered Bridges? 17
A Choice of Materials 20
Chapter 2 The Men Behind the Bridges 23
Lewis Wernwag, Bridge Builder 23
The Most Prolific Covered-Bridge Builder 30
Yankee Ingenuity 33
Railroads Take Center Stage 36
Chapter 3 A Geographic Overview 40
New England 40
The East 47
The Middle West 55
The Pacific States 63
Chapter 4 The Lore of Covered Bridges 67
Ghost Stories 67
More Than Passage 75
A Dwindling Resource 77
Photo Credits 80
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