Covered Bridge of the Day

This is one of the Bridges of Madison County. Many people became familiar with them through the book and 1995 movie starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep with the same name. It is the 106 foot long Hogback Bridge built in 1884 by Benton Jones. It spans the North River in Madison County Iowa and utilizes Town Lattice trusses which are reinforced with segmented arches which resemble queenpost trusses. This configuration was used in a few other Madison County bridges. The flat roof was common in Iowa covered bridges, but was rare elsewhere. The Cedar Bridge, which was featured on the cover of the book and in the movie was destroyed by arsonists, for the second time, on April 15, 2017. It is being rebuilt. Including Cedar Bridge, Iowa has 10 antique covered bridges, six are in Madison County.


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