Saturday, October 18, 2008

More covered bridges....

Bridgeton Bridge...The "most photographed" bridge

Tuesday brought more covered bridges in Parke County. There are five different "routes" to view the bridges and visit the Festivals; we toured three of them. At the little town of Bridgeton there was an amazing festival; lots of vendors with interesting items (not the usual Chinese imported junk) and examples of local art, sewing, quilting and weaving. And more delicious food! One of our favorites were the Cheese Heads from Wisconsin with their Fried Cheddar Cheese Curds...yumyumyum...those little fried curds were GOOD!! It was a delightful and huge festival.

The bridge in Bridgeton is considered to be the "most photographed" of all covered bridges; it is a long bridge over a fast flowing creek, creating a lovely waterfall beneath it much of the year, and a pretty sight when the water freezes over the falls. (I don't even want to THINK about being there when the water is frozen!)
It is a double arch bridge, referring to the two semi-circular wooden arches inside on each side of the bridge, providing the support system. This type of circular arch is known as the Burr Arch and was the prevalent means of construction for most of the bridges in this area (and in many across the US), from around 1800 to the early 1900's. There's a photo below which shows the Burr Arch rather well.

Crooks Bridge
Close up view of the Burr Arch type of construction

The Owl's Nest Inn provided and interesting and fun home base to enjoy the festivals and bridges.

The Owl's Nest Inn B&B in Rockville, IN

The fall weather was still enjoyable and the farm scenery was never ending. What an abundance of charming old farmhouses, all in "neat as a pin" condition. It's so refreshing to see these working farms flourishing in the heartland of America.
Another lovely old farmhouse

While there are not as many Amish in Parke County, they were still in evidence there. The entire family seemed to be helping to harvest the corn crop in this photo...
Amish team harvesting corn, Hmmm... bet wonder if they receive Farm Subsidies from Uncle Sam!

Hugs to everyone!

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