Ice. Sleet. Snow. Rain. Mother Nature can be wearing on man-made things, like bridges.
Our ancestors had a solution. Build a cover, actually a shed, which will incorporate a design to add strength and protection.
Once popular, four such bridges remain in Missouri. Each of them is protected with the status of State Historic Site and has been restored.
I’m not even close to an engineer — but informational displays at the sites explain the construction types with advantages and disadvantages. Perhaps a future engineer will be happy to explain the information to you.
I get a special feeling as I walk through one of the structures. Stepping back in time. Life moved at a different pace. You can imagine the clop clop of horses pulling a wagon. Did you bring a coin for the fee? (Many covered bridges charged a toll for maintenance.)
Postcard perfect Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site is an easy day trip for St. Louis residents.
Bring a picnic. Prepare to sit and LISTEN to nature’s music. Pack a book to read. (My recommendation is Morning Tryst a sweet romance featuring several Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites.
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