Covered Bridges

If you are one of those people, like myself, that are very comfortable wallowing in nostalgia, I suggest that yoSee the source imageu need look no further then the iconic covered bridge.  Unfortunately, much like a great deal of our American past, they too are dying a natural death.  Time was that there were over 10000 such bridges in the United States.  Today they number around 750.  

Being a native of New England and an admirer of its charm, I feel a sense of loss as they deteriorate and disappear.  Even though, due to their historic value and beauty, they are protected by law in some states, New Hampshire now has less then 55 remaining and Maine, which once boasted 120, now has less then a dozen.

Image result for images of covered bridgesTime can be cruel and we as a generation can be complacent, generally concentrating on the new and improved.  How often do we (I) replace something that still works perfectly fine just because we (I) want, not need, a new one.  But for us, there would be no Goodwill Industry.

Fortunately the covered bridges that remain were built to stand the test of time, built by men who had a keen understanding of rock solid construction.  They only intended to build one, and that one was going to be around for a long time.  Many of the covered bridges that have been lost were torn down as opposed to falling into disrepair.  It’s called progress and is justified by the increasing needs of society.  New state of the art structures rise where the bridges once labored.  

I’m old fashioned.  I know that. I can appreciate changing needs. I’m just an advoSee the source imagecate for the “used to be”. I am an admirer of steam engines and old majestic railroad stations.  I love nothing more then killing an afternoon in an antique shop, surrounded by the Americana of 50 years ago.  I like the back roads and old stone walls.  Barns that lean into the wind, and old houses that today contain only memories.  I love to visit towns that still retain the old mill buildings from the 19th century, and the waterfalls that once provided power to industry.

 But like the covered bridges, I’m afraid I too am becoming an endangered species.  My numbers are declining also.  There are a lot less of us today that have a heart that beats in yesterday.  I guess that is the way it was meant to be, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.    


About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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2 Responses to Covered Bridges

  1. GP Cox says:

    The only thing better than a wooden covered bridge is – riding a horse through a covered bridge and your dog strolling along side!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. oldmainer says:

    Sounds great. Let’s do it.


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