Photo taken by James McCray in March 2016
BH Photo #350074
Yeah about that one in Amnicon Falls Wisconsin... its not a modern covered bridge there are no timber trusses of any kind there... the IRON BOWSTRING TRUSS is doing ALL the work including carrying the load of the parasitic timbers that do not simulate a covered bridge (note that a covered bridge is a timber truss with covering on it). This one in Tennessee may be one of the most profoundly silly looking things I have ever seen, but you can see the attempt to simulate timber trusses in this design in addition to grafting non-functional steel trusses inside of the package as decorative elements.
The Amnicon Falls one is far more irritating to me because it is a public bridge and the timber obstructs the view of a very rare and unusual bowstring. Moreover, the timber also obstructs the view of the stunning natural scenery around the bridge.
Here is a historic bowstring that has been incorporated into a modern covered bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/wi/douglas/amnicon-falls/
Here's a wooden pony truss that has been covered in sheet metal. http://bridgehunter.com/tn/lawrence/50017610001/
This bridge seems similar to what was done to this bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/al/monroe/bh56455/
Anyways, I have to give kudos to the guy who did this for several reasons:
1. He saved a historic pony truss. Its not a prefab truss, but a historic one from the 1900's that could have otherwise gone to scrap.
2. He could have just built a modern covered bridge, but instead, went the extra mile and used a historic bridge in its design.
3. He went out of his way to obtain a historic bridge where as he did not have to.
4. He is a private citizen using his own money and not tax payer's money to build the thing.
5. The bridge, which could have gone to scrap, will find many more years of use.
Yes, it may be hidden under the covering, but he has achieved miles above what others would have done with same bridge.
Yeah sorry but I'm not feelin' it!
Go ahead and make a "Romantic Shelter" bridge if ya want to... But don't hide a real gem under it's wraps.
Sure... It does preserve an historic bridge, but the vast majority would drive through and say "Oh, look at the covered bridge!"... While only us few would really know about the Pearl inside the shell.
Nah, this is a riveted pony bought on Ebay that has been placed 'in doors' but stands free of the rest of the structure. A not overly significant bridge saved from the scrap heap and well repurposed. Now if it was a bowstring, we might hear a thing or two about it from Nathan... :^)
Cue comment from Nathan in 3, 2, 1.
Very cool. A historic pony truss bridge is incorporated into a modern covered bridge.