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2023 Covered Bridges of New England

Rustic old covered bridges in New England

ByJeff "Foliage" Folger

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Covered bridge technology has been used in the united states since the 1700s. Today's remaining covered bridges were generally built during the 1800-1900s. Even though new covered bridges are built today, we are losing more than are replaced. A wooden bridge has a lifespan of maybe 20 years and an iron/steel bridge is expected to last 50 years. But a wooden covered bridge usually lasted around 100 years due to protection provided by having a roof and walls to keep rain, snow, and sun out. These covered bridges allowed a horse and rider or a wagon to stop out of the rain and this same protection on warm summer nights allowed young couples to share a kiss in seclusion, hence the nickname, the kissing bridge. There is something about being able to touch the history of a place by walking through a covered bridge. You may find a heart carved in timber with initials signifying the people who had passed through here. Maybe the charm and romance are not all that important to these bridges. An important reason to remember them is that in their time they provided an economic advantage to the local townspeople. They were simply able to get from point A to point B. Either way, today these vanishing testaments to our colonial ingenuity are still with us. I, as a photographer, record them in their glory. Whether they still carry traffic or are nothing more than a walking bridge, they serve as a reminder of our past history of growing this country.


Publication Date
Jul 19, 2022
Art & Photography
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (photographer): Jeff "Foliage" Folger


Interior Color
US Letter Landscape (11 x 8.5 in / 279 x 216 mm)

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