Sunday, September 13, 2009
COMMONWEALTH of PENNSYLVANIA - People's REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Work has started on these, some of the most amazing covered bridges still standing today. Diversity of structures and cultures... the ancient domain of the Emperors of the Far-East is revealing to us today the splendid creation of it's infrastructure. Pennsylvania still has some of the best covered bridges in the Western-World, and a legendary past filled with remarkably large structures! We will bring you some of these as well as what you can visit today.
Left: Foto Craig Swain, Virginia
Above: Terry Miller, Ohio
Friday, September 11, 2009
These old barns on the rivers are nowhere more picturesque than here, for they do look like old barns... rough, weathered and sturdy. The province is a veritable treasure. Simple beauty, awesome covered bridges and moving history... a place where to get lost, and still enough structures to be well worth the trip.
With it's rich resources, New-Brunswickers could be pioneers in the construction of new covered bridges... Hmmmm...
Sunday, September 6, 2009
LONGEST COVERED BRIDGE ON EARTH!
Yes, the province of New-Brunswick's listing is progressing well.
Already available are the listing from Albert to Kent counties, which include Carleton County where you will find HARTLAND, the 1282 feet, 390m World-record holder. This massive structure over the St-John River is probably one of the best-known landmark in Canada. Built in 1899, it was finally covered in 1921. Why the delay, well for a structure of this size, the population was still sparse and the cost of such an operation at a time where bridges and road were needed everywhere in Canada was kinda stretching the resources to their limits.
Also, the local clergy is said not to have liked the idea of a long dark place in the middle of town... it is said that the local priest petitioned for the bridge to remain uncovered but, the town prevailed in its efforts to shelter the bridge from the elements, thus the Hartland bridge became a covered bridge during the year 1921... nothing cold be found about the birth rate in Hartland following the event.
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