Wood Cover built over metal bridge.
Photo taken by Janis Ford in October 2011
BH Photo #367968
Yes, and now these truss bridges are being appreciated for the engineering accomplishments that they represent.
As much as I hate an historic metal truss being "Putridly Romanticized" by putting a "Wrapper of Lies" around it... I guess we must look at the positive fact that it does still exist!
I had not seen those before. Thanks for sharing.
Robert, you have seen a couple of examples. In fact you and I have had this conversation before I think:
Here is the Bowstring in Wisconsin:
It has had a "Lid" on it for 77 years now, so it would probably be like pulling teeth to get them to consider removing it... Unfortunately!
I thought that I had seen some pictures of a couple other examples...
Robert... what's sad is this isn't an isolated incident... there are publicly owned bridges with historically significant metal truss bridges covered up as such in Illinois and Wisconsin that I can think of off the top of my head. The one in Wisconsin conceals a highly significant bowstring truss bridge.
So, here we have a historic pony truss obscured by a fake covered bridge. Please don't get me wrong, I am glad that this iron truss was retained. I hope that it will be here for many years to come.
At the same time, a visitor should understand that this iron pony truss is a bridge worthy of preservation in its own right. It does not need a roof to make it notable.
What types of bridges do Americans care about? They care about covered bridges and monumental sized suspension bridges. I grew up in a state with neither. Thus, I learned to appreciate the intricacies of iron trusses. I hope that someday, others will appreciate them as well.