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America's Covered Bridges

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America's Covered Bridges by Miller, Terry E.; Knapp, Ronald G.; Ong, A. Chester, 9780804849647
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  • ISBN: 9780804849647 | 0804849641
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/8/2017
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As many as 15,000 covered bridges were built in North America over the past 200 years but fewer than 1,000 remain.

In America's Covered Bridges, authors Terry E. Miller and Ronald G. Knapp tell the fascinating story of these bridges, how they were built, the technological breakthroughs required to construct them and above all the dedication and skill of their builders. Each wooden bridge, whether still standing or long gone, has a story to tell about the nature of America at the time—not only about its transportation needs but the availability of materials and the technological prowess of the people who built it.

Illustrated with some 550 historical and contemporary photos, paintings, and technical drawings of nearly 400 different covered bridges, America's Covered Bridges offers five readable chapters on the history, design, and fate of America's covered bridges, plus related bridges in Canada. Most of the contemporary photography is by master photographer A. Chester Ong of Hong Kong.

55 photo essays on the most iconic bridges including:
  • Cornish-Windsor Bridge between Vermont and New Hampshire
  • Porter-Parsonsfield Bridge, Maine
  • East Paden and West Paden (Twin Bridges), Pennsylvania
  • Philippi Bridge, West Virginia
  • Hortons Mill Bridge, Alabama
  • Medora Bridge, Indiana
  • Rock Mill Bridge, Ohio
  • Knight's Ferry Bridge, California
  • Perrault Bridge, Quebec, Canada
  • Hartland Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada
Over time, wooden bridges eventually gave way to ones made of iron, steel, and concrete. An American icon, many covered bridges became obsolete and were replaced—others naturally decayed and collapsed. Many more were swept away by natural disasters and fires. America's Covered Bridges is packed with fascinating stories and information passionately told by two leading experts on this subject. The book will be of tremendous interest to anyone interested in American history, carpentry, and technological change.

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