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Bridges of Madison County


Welcome to my galleries. Here you can find a selection of galleries of the Bridges of Madison County. Madison County, Iowa also the birthplace of John Wayne, originally boasted 19 covered bridges, but just six remain today, all of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridges were covered by order of the County Board of Supervisors to help preserve the large flooring timbers, which were more expensive to replace than the lumber used to cover the bridge sides and roof. Usually, the bridges were named for the resident who lived closest. Roseman Bridge is among the most famous in Madison County. It is known as the "Wedding Bridge." A painting of this bridge hangs above the fireplace in the Windcrest Farm farmhouse. The other bridges are the Holliwell, Cedar, Cutler-Donahoe, Hogback, and Imes bridges. The Roseman, Holliwell, and Hogback bridges are still in their original locations, and the Cedar was moved only a short distance along the same creek and is open to vehicle traffic via a short detour from Highway 169.

In 2002 and 2003, arson fires destroyed the Cedar Bridge and damaged both the Hogback Bridge and "Francesca's House" (a location from the Bridges of Madison County movie production). The Cedar has since been rebuilt in its original style, and Hogback has been repaired.

I plan to continue to expand these galleries until all six are featured. Many of the newer post may be processed using HDR, as I like the effect.

Thanks for visiting and as always, I appreciate your comments..

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Hogsback Bridge
Hogsback Bridge
Cedar Bridge
Cedar Bridge