Covered Bridge II

shotzbyjay

Centralia, United States

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Covered Bridge about 4 miles NE of Chester IL, over the Little Mary’s river. Restored in 2005, closed to vehicles. Next to the bridge is a campsite of George Rogers Clark during the revolutionary war.

Converted to albumin

Out of curiosity as to why bridges were covered to begin with, I found this site:

http://www.scsc.k12.ar.us/2000backeast/trip/mem...

where it says:
the real reason for covering timber bridges was to protect the main timber trusses from the detrimental affects of rain/snow. The intermitant wetting and drying provided an ideal atmosphere for accelerated timber deterioration- rot.

Large timber truss bridges were initially built in the United States without covers. It was not uncommon for such a bridge to fail within 10 to 15 years.

There are original covered bridges still standing that have been in place since the 1820’s.

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