Welcome to Covered Bridge Heritage Month

April has been declared Covered Bridge Heritage Month, and we're ready at to shine the spotlight on this category of oft-neglected and frequently overlooked historic bridges.

To celebrate, you'll notice a few improvements to the website:

1. The masthead photos are now 100% covered bridges.

2. Only covered bridge related updates now appear on the front page.

3. By popular demand, covered bridges will be automatically highlighted on the county listing pages to distinguish them from boring old iron bridges. The ability to hide covered bridges -- a feature only used by one regular user -- has been deprecated in order to simplify the user interface and improve efficiency.

Comments  (5)

Welcome to Covered Bridge Heritage Month
Posted April 9, 2014, by Anonymous

Thanks to all who sent in pictures of very nice covered bridges. Keep them coming.

Welcome to Covered Bridge Heritage Month
Posted April 1, 2014, by (webmaster [at] historiccoveredbridges [dot] org)

Hello fellow Bridge Hunters. In honor of Covered Bridge Heritage Week, I'd like to hereby announce that I've spent a lot of time reflecting on my angry feelings toward covered bridges, and I finally realized that there's nothing wrong with them at all. To relieve the hurt that I've spewed out to covered bridge enthusiasts everywhere, I've commissioned two projects to highlight the usefulness, durability and overall attractiveness of these historical treasures.

First, I steered all of the Cub Scouts in my classes to help restore a bridge right in the middle of my college campus at Western Michigan. They did a great job, and the bridge is a highly attractive and functional structure. The response from students has been overwhelmingly positive, as they now have an easy way to cross the creek, and a great spot to work together on group projects.

Also, to demonstrate my commitment to covered bridges, a new model has been built right on the property of the farm I grew up on. This smaller bridge is the prototype for all new short bridges across small streams in Michigan. The timber framework will blend in with the environment very well, and the roof will protect all of the joints and connections from the weather. No more rusty pins or debates about rivets vs. bolts. These will all be eliminated as Michigan returns to classic wooden pegs. No more pack rust, loss of section, corroded connections, or anything else like that. Why would anyone waste their time on some junky old pony truss relic when you could instead install an attractive new covered bridge instead?

I feel great that I've finally come around to thinking good things about covered bridges, like everyone else does. IN the weeks ahead, watch as I upgrade my web site to the new COVERED Bridges Of Michigan & Elsewhere. I can't wait to get started, and hope you folks can help me fill in the gaps quickly. Then we can all show the world the treasures we're going to preserve for another century!

Welcome to Covered Bridge Heritage Month
Posted April 1, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

The particularly fine choice in poster-bridges for this can only help raise awareness and return focus to where it should be.

Holiday wishes.

Welcome to Covered Bridge Heritage Month
Posted March 31, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

To reflect this website's changing focus, I think its also about time someone added a very special bridge that the webmaster of this website holds very dear to his heart...

Welcome to Covered Bridge Heritage Month
Posted March 31, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Meanwhile, Nathan has retreated to his fallout shelter...

Because the world is surely coming to an end!