Photo Essay: Stone and Wooden Covered Bridges of Early American Settlement
In the early days of American settlement, timber, stone and masonry were the most abundant resources our pioneer forefathers had for building bridges throughout the countryside. Thankfully, today a lot of these same bridges are still around and in use, just like grist mills and barns from days of yore.
In the old days, bridges made from wood were often covered for two reasons. First, because covering them reduced aging brought on by weather and sunlight, and secondly, because they more closely resembled a barn, which meant horses and livestock might find them less threatening to pass through compared to an open bridge with water or rock underneath.
As time wore on, timber and stone gave way to steel and other metals, and the era of the old wooden and stone bridges became a thing of the past. To appreciate their longevity and beauty is to pay homage to our ancestors’ pioneer engineering efforts, and today they are still a sight to behold, on some of America’s rural roads less traveled.
Preserving Giant Trees
Participate in the National Register of Champion Trees campaign to help document and preserve nature’s arboreal wonders.
Happy, Happy, Happy Halloween
Halloween is a fun, happy time of year. Even if you are not a fan of the spooky season, there are tons of things to do this harvest-time. Originally published in October of 2018.
GRIT Newspaper 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic
Check out GRIT’s 1918 newspaper report on the Spanish Flu pandemic covering obituaries, hospitals, medical tent cities, and ads selling “proven” cures.