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Indiana's Covered Bridges,  by Robert Reed

 

Once there were hundreds of 19th-century and very early 20th-century covered bridges in Indiana--so many in fact, that the state ranked third in the nation in the number of structures still standing.  By the early 1930s and 1940s, a movement was afoot to preserve those magnificent structures that had not already disappeared due to desertion and deterioration.  Some were saved, but many were not.  What was saved and cherished, however, was an abundance of vintage black and white images taken by pioneer photographers who willingly trekked from bridge to bridge decades ago.  Captured in this volume are nearly 200 of those photographs from the mid-20th century and before, representing more than 36 Indiana counties from Adams County to Wells County.  Hoosier author Robert Reed caringly chronicles the tale of this charming chapter in Indiana history.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    
Price:  $19.95
 

 Kentucky's covered Bridges,  by Robert W. M. Laughlin and Melissa C. Jurgensen

 

Kentucky is well recognized for bourbon, bluegrass, and the Kentucky Derby.  When thinking of covered bridges, the commonwealth is not the state that readily comes to mind.  Many of Kentucky’s covered bridges were built by such men as Wernwag, Bower, Carothers, Day, Stone, and Long, but many of the names were never recorded or have been lost to time.  Kentucky once was home to the longest single-span wooden bridge in the world and to a covered bridge through which a Civil War battle was fought.  Time, arson, progress, neglect, and misguided maintenance have spelled the demise of the majority of these structures.  Readers of this volume might be surprised to learn that Kentucky once claimed more than 700 timbered tunnels and that over 50 of these survived well into the 1950s.  Equally surprising, the commonwealth is still home to 13 of these handsome structures.
 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    
Price:  $21.00

 

 

Maine's Covered Bridges,  by Joseph D. Conwill

 

Maine once had more than one hundred covered bridges.  Only seven of these bridges remain today, but the photographic record of the others is surprisingly complete.  Photographer/historian Joseph D. Conwill has seen every covered bridge in North America, including nearly two hundred that no longer exist.  In Maine's Covered Bridges he offers views of the structures that once graced the state's roads and railroads, many of them in the Oxford Hills and Western Mountains regions.  All of Maine's major rivers-the Saco, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Penobscot, and Aroostook-and even smaller rivers, including the Presumpscot, Ossipee, Little Androscoggin, Ellis, Sandy, Piscataquis, Narraguagus, and St. Croix, had a covered bridge.
 
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    
Price:  $21.00
 

Massachusetts Covered Bridges,  by John S. Burk

 

From hidden valleys in the Berkshire Hills to the North Shore, 275 documented highway and railroad covered bridges were constructed in Massachusetts from the early 19th century onward, a figure that often comes as a surprise to those who usually associate these unique structures with northern New England.  All but a handful of these are now gone, lost to fires, wear, modern replacements, and the region's notorious weather, especially the devastating storms of the late 1930s.  The bridges came in all shapes and sizes, from diminutive 50-foot spans to multitiered structures of nearly 900 feet that crossed the Merrimack and Connecticut Rivers and were stout enough to support railroads across their roofs.  This collection of images documents many of the lost bridges and also record the changes of the few that remain today.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    
Price:  $21.00
 
New York State's Covered Bridges,  by Richard R. Wilson
 
Richard Wilson is the president and publications editor of the New York State Covered Bridge Society.  Every year since 1970, he and his wife have led tours along covered bridge routes in New York, New England and beyond.  New York State's Covered Bridges explores the old timbered spans that crossed New York waters.  The state at one time had more than two hundred and fifty such bridges; today, only twenty-four original covered bridges remain, plus some replicas.  Vintage postcards, many of which are extremely rare, bring back into view the oldest ones, beginning with the first built in 1807, and ending with those of the mid-1900s. 
 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    

Price:  $21.00

 
 

Ohio's Covered Bridges,  by Elma Lee Moore

 

More than 200 of Ohio's historic covered bridges, some of which have survived and many that have not, are once again captured in Dr. Elma Lee Moore's Ohio's Covered Bridges.  Classic images of these treasured bridges that have spanned Ohio's rivers, creeks, streams, and gorges are presented in vintage postcards of the past.  The GPS location is listed for each existing bridge.

Elma Lee Schmidt Moore, CPA, Ph.D. (BA Otterbein College, MA Eastern Michigan University, MS Ball State University, and Ph.D. Union Institute), has to her credit articles and presentations in accounting education and adult learning. She is dean of the School of Community Education, Wittenberg University. These postcards are from her private collection.

 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    

Price:  $21.00