American Covered Bridges: A Pictorial History

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Featuring legendary examples of an unusual and popular architectural icon, a stylistic history highlights Vermont's Old Main Parker Bridge, Ohio's Wizard's Oil Bridge, and others, and provides commentary by famous writers.

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Once, covered bridges were appreciated as shelter, when travel was made by horse and carriage. Today, those bridges themselves have become travel destinations, as quintessential images of the American countryside and as treasured artifacts of a simpler time.

With spirited prose and 94 full-color photographs, this volume celebrates the romance and lore of these rural landmarks. Built to serve local needs and to withstand the elements, each covered bridge has its own unique character.

Here is a visual tour of these picturesque American structures, including such types as:
-- The rugged, steep-roofed bridges of New England
-- The idiosyncratic spans of the South
-- The rambling bridges of the Midwest
-- The picturesque but rare bridges of the Pacific states

Here is an explanation of the origins of covered bridges in America, revealing their diverse architectural influences as well as regional innovations by skilled craftsmen throughout the country. Gentle yet commanding presences in the American landscape, covered bridges are national treasures that continue to fascinate us.

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