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Old Jul 7, 2007, 1:23 PM   #1
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This historic bridge is only a couple of miles from my house and a favorite subject. Good ol" iPhoto's Sepia treatment in the edit menu.
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Old Jul 7, 2007, 1:31 PM   #2
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why cover bridges anyway?
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Old Jul 7, 2007, 1:46 PM   #3
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Good Question. Back when it was built in the 1800"s the weather would rot the road boards and foundations in a relatively sort time (30-40 yrs). So, it was decided that a cover would prolong the life of the wood, which it did, so that it would not have to been replaced so often.

Here is a link with a little more info.

http://www.colmanmuseum.com/coveredbridge.html

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Old Jul 7, 2007, 4:58 PM   #4
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Nice work, Steve. Not all bridges with covers over them are covered bridges. Ponder that one for a minute! If the walls and roof are enclosing and covering the truss beams of the bridge, it is a true covered bridge. On the other hand, if all the support structure of the bridge is below the bridge deck and a shed has been built on top, it is simply a bridge with a roof over. The "shed" does nothing to protect the support structure. This is not a true covered bridge. On the east side of Portland there is a concrete bridge with a roof built over it. Many people think this is a covered bridge but it is not.

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Old Jul 7, 2007, 6:45 PM   #5
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Thanks Cal,
I didn't know that. I am done for the day. I have learned something new.:G

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