Today and tomorrow I’ll be sharing 2 Iowa gems. Well, technically more than that, which is why I’m splitting it into 2 blog posts.
They all just happen to be found in the same place:
I’m sure many of you have either read the book, or seen the movie, or at least heard of: “The Bridges of Madison County” ~ well, they actually exist!
Only 6 of the original 19 covered bridges remain, all of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
You’ll see that there is quite a bit of writing on the walls of all the bridges (I’m sharing photos of 3) which is actually encouraged ~ especially love notes!
Hogback Covered Bridge: Built in 1884 and is in its original location in a valley north of Winterset. Hogback gets its name from the limestone ridge which forms the west end of the valley. It was renovated in 1992.
Cutler-Donahoe Bridge: Built in 1870, it was moved to its present site in Winterset’s City Park in 1970. Cutler-Donahoe was renovated in 1997.
Cedar Covered Bridge: Built in 1883 and was the last bridge open to vehicles. It was moved to its present location in 1921. Cedar is also the bridge on the cover of the novel, “The Bridges of Madison County”. The bridge was renovated in 1998 ~ and then tragically destroyed by an arsonist on Sept. 3, 2002. A replica of the original bridge was built from the original plans using authentic materials and methods. The new bridge was dedicated on October 9, 2004.
You want to know about the other 3, right? Ok, so here you go:
Holliwell Covered Bridge: Built in 1880, it is the longest of the covered bridges and remains in its original site. Holliwell was renovated in 1995. It is featured in The Bridges of Madison County movie.
Imes Covered Bridge: The oldest of the remaining covered bridges, Imes was built in 1870. It has been relocated twice: in 1887 and again to its present site in 1977. It was renovated in 1997.
Roseman Covered Bridge: Built in 1883, it sits in its original location and was renovated in 1992. It was also featured in both the novel and movie. BUT, it is also known as the “haunted” bridge! The story is that in 1892, two sheriff’s posses trapped a county jail escapee. They claimed that the man rose up straight through the roof of the bridge, uttering a wild cry, and disappeared. He was never found, and it was decided that anyone capable of such a feat must be innocent. (…or perhaps they lost him?! either way, cool, right?! I know!)
Tomorrow I am going to share with you the other gem of Madison County! Stay tuned!