A lot of people might wonder what covered bridges are
and what makes them different from ordinary bridges.
Pictures might say it all but to put it plainly; a
covered bridge is a bridge that has enclosures on the
sides and has a roof. They are usually single-lane and
can only accommodate a light load.

Far from being prominent landmarks and architectural
candies, they were originally made for a more
practical reason – to connect a town that is
developing on two sides of a river. Early nineteenth
century America saw the first covered bridges and they
were very useful in connecting communities together.

Covered Bridges Basics

Towns and villages that sprung up in the interior
parts of the countries where rivers, streams and
creeks were a plenty, needed bridges to prevent the
division of the towns people and helped them get
connected to basic infrastructures and services


Towns and villages
that sprung up in the interior
parts of the countries where rivers, streams and
creeks were a plenty, needed bridges to prevent the
division of the towns people and helped them get
connected to basic infrastructures and services. These
unique bridges have since grown into prominence as
bigger cities rose in coastal areas, and towns where
they can be found became suburbs and country estates.
Recently, covered bridges are catching the attention
of historic preservationists who are taking on the
cause of maintaining covered bridges for their
historical value.

The Technical Aspect of Covered Bridges

Early covered bridges were usually made of wood since
there was a surplus of lumber at the time they were
first made


Early covered bridges
were usually made of wood since
there was a surplus of lumber at the time they were
first made. Modern covered bridges though are commonly
made of steel or glass and have become more intricate
and flamboyant in its design. Earlier bridges were
made to look more like a barn so it can blend in with
the background of the country while modern ones are
usually made to stand out. Ordinary bridges made of
wood are always exposed to the elements, so covering
them was a very ingenious way to extend its lifespan,
save more tax money in maintenance, and in the old
days, as a shelter for travelers during storms and
unfriendly weather.

A majority of covered bridges use trusses as a key
structural element in its design. The most popular was
the Brown truss used for its simplicity and
practicality but other trusses were also used. In the
modern times, steel and concrete has become more
available and structurally speaking, safer. These
days, covered bridges are used either used for
convenience rather than protection, or as means to
make a design statement.

Whether for style or convenience, covered bridges have
become part of the history of American towns that grew
and prospered with them


Whether for style
or convenience, covered bridges have
become part of the history of American towns that grew
and prospered with them. These days a lot of
historical conservationists are fighting for the
preservation of old covered bridges as part of
American heritage. Most of the bridges are found in
rural America and thus more susceptible to the threats
of arsonist, vandals, and flooding. Over two hundred
(200) covered bridges have been identified all over
America and the towns where they can be found are
initiating the fight to preserve them.

Covered bridges have played an important part of
America�s history and growth. Most historians agree
that they are significant historical pieces that
should be protected and maintained in order to
preserve the history of old towns where they have
become landmarks. Though modern bridges have become
the ideal, wooden covered bridges are still able to
maintain its rustic charm – something that most people
are looking for when they go to the country side to
enjoy the scenery. Towns are even renovating
dilapidated covered bridges for the same reason, and
hopefully, America�s great grandchildren can still
enjoy these historical pieces of American engineering
for many years to come.