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Like many aspects of our history, covered bridges fell victim to the inevitability of progress and the changes it brings.
Today there are approximately one hundred covered bridges in Vermont, most of which date from the 1800s.
The book examines the development of wood trusses and the construction of covered bridges, profiles the pioneering craftsmen and engineers involved, explores the function of trusses in covered bridges, and looks at the preservation and future of these distinctly American bridges.
Covered bridges serve six main objectives: transportation, focal meeting points for social interaction, business opportunities, local landmarks with a mission to bring good, religious worship, and masterpieces of architectural beauty.
David Wright, president of the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, said Tuesday a team from his group had made an inspection tour of the Sanborn covered bridge on Sunday and agreed that it needed to be shored up soon to keep it from falling into the river.
Covered bridges typically contain "trusses" built before the structure is completed on the outside.
Studies from various US government agencies look at the condition of bridges by state, federal and state roles in highway bridges, roads and bridges damaged by disaster, strengthening historic covered bridges for modern use, and railroad bridges and tunnels.
* Covered Bridges: First place -- Brighton Bridge, Brighton, Vt.
DON'T LET THE HORSE and buggy, historic one-room schoolhouse or quaint covered bridges fool you.
Holly Watson, one of Bottorf's five daughters, says her mother's interest in covered-bridge lore and passion for their preservation earned her the nickname "The Covered Bridge Lady of Ashtabula County." Bottorf was well known throughout the community for slide-show lectures she gave about the region's covered bridges, but she was interested in all covered bridges and their preservation.
Richard Sanders Allen's Covered Bridges Of The Northeast (0486436624, $9.95) republishes the second revised edition of a 1983 classic survey of foot bridges, latticework and drawbridges alike.
Parke County, Indiana, is known for having more covered bridges than any other county in the United States.
Awards categories include Vehicular Spans Under 40 Feet, Vehicular Spans Over 40 Feet, Rehabilitation of Existing Bridges, Pedestrian/Light Vehicular Bridges, and Covered Bridges. Many of the bridges receiving awards were designed to minimize environmental impact on natural surroundings, including creeks, rivers, waterways, and wetlands.
Madison County has just five covered bridges remaining, all on the National Register of Historic Places.