Made popular by a Hollywood movie in the 90’s the
covered bridges of Madison County have gained
popularity both from tourists and local people alike.
The romantic movie had a bridge on its story and many
people are now visiting these bridges to see what the
fuss was all about. The following are a few of the
most famous covered bridges in Madison County. From
the original 19, only 6 remain and are now under the
protection of the National Registry of Historical
Places.

1. Cedar Covered Bridge

This famous covered bridge is 76 feet long and was
also featured in the book by Robert James Waller which
was turned into an Academy Award wining movie


This famous covered
bridge is 76 feet long and was
also featured in the book by Robert James Waller which
was turned into an Academy Award wining movie. In the
book, this is where the characters of Meryl Streep and
Clint Eastwood met to take photographs. This was also
the last of the bridges to be opened for vehicles to
pass.

These days, largely because of its historical
importance, only people are allowed to use the bridge.
In the late 2002, the bridge was severely damaged by
fire and rendered unsafe and fit for demolition.
Fortunately, the bridge was rebuilt using the original
materials and method as it was first built, thanks to
the will of the townspeople who wanted to preserve its
historic integrity.

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. Imes Covered Bridge

Moved three times since it was constructed in 1870,
Imes is one of the oldest bridges in the county’s
history. Imes spans 81 feet and is currently located
in eastern side of St. Charles where it is beautifully
places over a deep ravine – it’s been there since 1977
and was last refurbished in 1997.

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. Roseman Covered Bridge

It is one of the most endearing landmarks of Madison
County and was the one featured in the movie. There
are many stories about the bridge and its history but
let’s start on the facts. It was built in 1883 by a
man named Benton Jones and it has never moved an inch
even after going a few reconstructions – the latest
being in 1992 to prepare it for a Hollywood movie set.

One of the most famous stories associated with the
bridge was that of a jail escapee who was trapped by
the sheriff’s men on the bridge in 1892


One of the
most famous stories associated with the
bridge was that of a jail escapee who was trapped by
the sheriff’s men on the bridge in 1892. The story
goes that the escapee was wrongfully accused and
escaped to prove his innocence. Unfortunately, he got
trapped in the bridge after a brief pursuit. He then
allegedly uttered an unearthly cry to show his
frustration and prove his innocence. Then suddenly, he
rose from the floor of the bridge and went through the
roof as if he were a ghost. The man was never seen
again and after the incident it was then decided that
a person capable of such a miraculous feat must be
telling the truth.

4. Holliwell Covered Bridge

The one of the longest covered bridge in the registry,
this Holliwell covered bridge has the span of a
hundred and twenty two feet (122 ft


The one of
the longest covered bridge in the registry,
this Holliwell covered bridge has the span of a
hundred and twenty two feet (122 ft.) and as also
featured in the movie The Bridges of Madison County.
Spanning the Middle River, this bridge still remains
in its original site since it was built in 1880 by
Benton Jones with the support of the town.

5. Hogback Covered Bridge

This historic piece of architectural prize constructed
in 1884 and was originally located in Winterset


This historic piece
of architectural prize constructed
in 1884 and was originally located in Winterset. It
was named after a ridge made of limestone which can be
found in the western side of the famous valley. It was
last renovated in the early nineties and is now
protected and maintained using public funds.