Indiana Covered Bridges
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2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Bronze, Great Lakes regional

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A symbol of Indiana's past, the covered bridge still evokes feelings of nostalgia, romance, and even mystery. During the 19th century, over 500 of these handsome structures spanned the streams, rivers, and ravines of Indiana. Plagued by floods, fire, storms, neglect, and arson, today fewer than 100 remain. Marsha Williamson Mohr's photographs capture the timeless and simple beauty of these well-traveled structures from around the state, including Parke County—the unofficial covered bridge capital of the world. With 105 color photographs, Indiana's Covered Bridges will appeal to everyone who treasures Indiana's rich architectural heritage.



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Date de parution 11 septembre 2012
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9780253008015
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 2 Mo

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The Cataract Falls cascade into Mill Creek in Owen County.
Neet Bridge, built in 1904, crosses Little Raccoon Creek in Parke County.
Covered Bridges

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This book is a publication of
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Bloomington, Indiana 47404-3797 USA
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2012 by Marsha Williamson Mohr
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The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences-Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48-1992.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Mohr, Marsha Williamson.
Indiana covered bridges / Marsha Williamson Mohr ; foreword by Rachel Berenson Perry.
p. cm.
ISBN 978-0-253-00800-8 (cl : alk. paper) - ISBN 978-0-253-00801-5 (ebook)
1. Covered bridges-Indiana. I. Title.
TG 24.16 M 65 2012
624.2 1809772-dc23
1 2 3 4 5 17 16 15 14 13 12
Dunbar Bridge, built in 1880, crosses Big Walnut Creek in Putnam County.
The Allure of the Covered Bridge
THE MEANDERING OHIO AND WABASH RIVERS shape the southern borders of our great state of Indiana, and multiple streams and tributaries crisscross our 92 counties like fine lines of age on a familiar face. From the Kankakee, Yellow, and Eel Rivers in the north; through central Indiana s Wildcat Creek, Mississinewa, and the forks of the mighty White River; to Pigeon Creek, the Muskatatuck and Blue Rivers in the south; the waterways have trickled and gushed since before the Northwest Territory s first settlers.
Tell-tale sentries of white-trunked sycamores marking creek banks through meadows and along ravines; dramatic limestone bluffs overlooking the Ohio River; and pastoral brooks that are transformed into raging floodwaters each spring; are all part of our collective consciousness as Hoosiers.
The bridges that cross our plethora of waterways, however, are rarely considered. We drive at high speeds over elevated road surfaces that barely differ from the rest of the highway, often with side barriers blocking our view of the river below. Traveling without hindrance along public thoroughfares seems like a basic entitlement.
Rivers and creeks, however, were formidable impediments that caused lengthy detours and precarious travel conditions in the early 1800s. The neophyte state of Indiana in the 1820s initiated a system of State Roads to connect the larger settlements. With most early settlers arriving from the south, the first road built connected New Albany to Paoli, and later extended west to Vincennes. Within a decade, this expanding road included Bloomington, Greencastle, Crawfordsville, and Lafayette.
As state counties were established, the main concern for elected commissioners became the locations of proposed roads. The first improved roads beginning in 1848, plank roads, consisted of large tree trunks laid approximately fourteen feet apart on each side with smaller trees trimmed and placed adjacently across the trunks. This method of road building, especially useful for traversing swampy areas, was short-lived due to the inevitable rotting and destruction of the wood.
Privately managed companies, called gravel road companies, organized and took over the building and maintenance of the county roads. Each company consisted of land owners along the proposed road, members to be taxed according to the value of their land. The company agreed to maintain the road, including culverts and bridges, and could collect tolls from non-residents. Every male citizen over twenty-one was required to work two days each year on roads, usually in his home neighborhood. 1
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