Monday, April 12, 2010

The Plums Are Lost In The Past " Clue XIII "

N 43 degrees 8.063 minutes W 73 degrees 21.359 minutes

This old bridge was built in 1874. The Colonel thought "Kings Meadow," appropriately describes the panoramic view of the wooden covered bridge, the flowing river, and the neatly farmed meadows one sees from the crest of the road. This view, once experienced, explains the desire of the Covered Bridge Association to preserve this landmark. There are 29 such bridges in this state, so far the Plums have gathered 2 of them in their photos.

The bridge is unique in many aspects. No other existing American wooden bridge but this one has cast iron "shoes" incorporated into its design. This feature patented by R. Comins of Troy, New York was used in building this bridge in 1874. Likewise, the bridge is one of ten such covered bridges still standing in the Northeast, using the famous "Howe Truss" designed by William Howe of Spencer, Massachusetts in 1840. The unique iron "shoe" and "Howe Truss" mating puts this bridge into a class of its own. The bridge represents a transition between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, between an all-wood and an all-iron structure.

The one hundred and seven foot bridge is shaped roughly into the form of a boxed "X." The "shoes" are used to fit timber into joints with adjustable iron rods. The abutments are made up of huge marble blocks from a nearby quarry, a feature usually found in some Vermont bridges. Furthermore, this covered bridge is one of four remaining bridges in this County. No other county in this state has this many existing wooden covered bridges. The bridge was restored in 1984 through private donations and county assistance.

America found she had no problem with vertigo using this type of bridge and enjoyed them immensely.

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Catch a ride to the end of the highway
And we'll meet by the big red tree,
There's a place up ahead and I'm goin'
Come along, come along with me.

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