9 thoughts on “covered bridge

    • Hi Harrie,

      That’s a great question, and one I’ve never thought to ask!

      I checked the ever-dependable Wiki, and here’s what it said:

      “A covered bridge is a timber-truss bridge with a roof and siding which, in most covered bridges, create an almost complete enclosure.[1] The purpose of the covering is to protect the wooden structural members from the weather. Uncovered wooden bridges have a life span of only 10 to 15 years because of the effects of rain and sun.[2]

      Bridges having covers for reasons other than protecting wood trusses, such as for protecting pedestrians, are also sometimes called covered bridges.”

      So there you have it.

      Thank you for commenting. I learned the reason right along with you!


    • Hi Eliza, oh wow – thanks so much for sharing the link!

      That’s a spectacular old bridge. I love that during restoration the wood was left to continue to patina naturally (it bothers me slightly that the bridge in my image is almost *too* well preserved – concrete, flood lights, perfect red siding, etc.. I prefer a more natural look. Still, I’m thankful it exists and is well tended!).

      I loved the image of the two ladies crossing the Conway bridge. What a terrific way to honor its history.

      I enjoyed the article – thank you!!

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