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As a symbol of America's rural landscape, covered bridges have inspired the passion of painters and poets, sparked the curiosity of historians, and obliged the logic of structural engineers. However, since the late-nineteenth century, when as many as 10,000 bridges dotted our nation's back roads, these wooden structures have slowly disappeared and today fewer than 900 remain scattered across 29 states. Fortunately, through the collections of the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), the legends of these iconic structures have been preserved through historic photographs and architectural drawings. In Covered Bridges: A Close-Up Look, you'll take an in-depth tour of a variety of bridges through stunning photos and precise architectural plans culled from the HABS/HAER website. In addition, you'll enjoy an inspiring forward by Thomas E. Walczak, National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, learn a brief history of each bridge, and discover the handy GPS coordinates that make each location easy to find. Covered Bridges: A Close Up Look provides a tour like no other of America's most iconic architecture, some still proudly in use while others endure through treasured photos and drawings.
At one time, there were 14,000 covered bridges in the United States. Today, only 900 of those bridges are still standing, scattered predominently across a few states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and Georgia.
Along with over 100 black and white photos of covered bridges from Pennsylvania gathered from the HABS/HAER website, this book includes detailed architectural plans that feature the wooden frame structure of the bridges. Pictures of the interior walls and underside of the bridges will allow readers to compare the different carpentry techniques used to complete each structure.
Get an architect's view of covered bridges through the collections of the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) - preserving America's architectural history with a diverse range of historic photographs and architectural designs of buildings throughout the country. At one time, there were 14,000 covered bridges in the United States. Today, only 900 of those bridges are still standing, scattered predominently across a few states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and Georgia. With over 100 photos and many detailed architectural plans from the HABS/HAER website, readers will discover the wooden frame structure of the bridges, as well as be able to compare the different carpentry techniques used to complete each structure. Color photos provide a vivid look at the bridges themselves as well as the beauty of the surrounding landscape. GPS coordinates of many of the locations are also included, courtesy of www.ohiobarns.com, a website maintained by Ohio resident Mike MacCarter.
Whether you are a casual explorer or a serious history buff, this glimpse into America's architectural past with hands on GPS site coordinates and detailed architectural plans provides a vivid picture of covered bridges.
About the Author
Editor Alan Giagnocavo – Alan is the Publisher for Fox Chapel Publishing, Skills Institute Press, Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine, and Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Magazine. He has worked in the publishing industry his entire adult life, and currently spends his time acquiring new products and in market development.
Co-Author Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)- Established in 1933, HABS was developed to preserve the architectural history of America. Formed by the American Institute of Architects, The Library of Congress and the National Park Service, HABS is America’s first federal preservation program and works to collect historic architectural photos and documents on a national scale. Learn more at: http://www.nps.gov/history/hdp/habs/index.htm.
Table of Contents
- Bells Ford Bridge, Jackson County, IN
- Bridgeport Covered Bridge, Nevada County, CA
- Bunker Hill Bridge, Catawba County, NC
- Eldean (Allen's Mill) Bridge, Miami County, OH
- Green Sergeant's Covered Bridge, Hunterdon County, NJ
- Humpback Covered Bridge, Alleghany County, PA
- Jackson Covered Bridge, Parke County, IN
- Larwood Bridge, Linn County, OR
- McConnell's Mill Bridge, Lawrence County, PA
- Morgan Bridge, Lamoille County, VT
- Pine Grove Bridge, Lancaster County, PA
- Smith's Covered Bridge, New Castle County, DE
- Sunday River Bridge, Oxford County, ME