Rural Missouri - July 2020 - 8

Laclede's Locust Creek Covered
Bridge was built in 1868.

Spanning
the Gaps
Discover Missouri's
historic covered bridgess
8

RURAL MISSOURI | JULY 2020

by Heather Berry | hberry@ruralmissouri.coop
photos by Zach Smith | zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop

T

hese days if someone recalls a covered bridge,
they're likely to think of the Roseman Covered
Bridge in Iowa romanticized by Clint Eastwood's
and Meryl Streep's characters, magazine photographer Robert Kincaid and farm wife Francesca Johnson, in
the movie "The Bridges of Madison County."
Those who haven't seen one of the iconic structures or
experienced the clip-clop of horses' hooves or wagon wheels
crossing wooden bridges are missing out on a great slice
of Americana. The water crossings led many generations
down dirt roads, serving as highways to rural towns and
taking families to country churches and to visit relatives.
According to state records, Missouri had an estimated
30 covered bridges in the 1800s.
By May 1967, only five remained. All were slated for
preservation as Missouri State Historic Sites. Sadly, floodwaters took out the Mexico Road Covered Bridge. However
the remaining four were preserved by the Department of
Natural Resources for future generations.
"I think it speaks well of our state legislature's forethought to preserve and protect Missouri's remaining covered bridges decades ago," says Brian Stith, deputy regional director for Missouri State Parks. "If they hadn't chosen
to protect them, it's doubtful they'd still be here today."
Here's a look at Missouri's wooden covered bridges.



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