Most people who live in Iowa make at least one trek to visit the “Bridges of Madison County”. If that sounds familiar to you, the love story book written by Robert James Waller was made into a movie in 1995 starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. The movie was filmed in Madison County near and around the Roseman Covered Bridge. While back in Iowa a few weeks ago my husband and I spent several hours driving around to capture photos to use for upcoming themes. We were headed to Roseman Bridge but because of heavy rains decided to forgo that trip and head to a closer bridge. Following signs from the main paved road we travelled 2 miles on gravel roads. Now, if you have never driven on gravel roads after several inches of rain in a rental car without front wheel drive, you may not be very sympathetic, but needless to say we experienced several precarious driving experiences. Finally around a gradual curve we
spied Hogback Covered Bridge to the right before crossing a more modern bridge. 3 women where there shooting photos and meandering around so we waited for them to leave before I started snapping away. The sounds of the birds, bugs and the water flowing through the river below provided us with peaceful melodies while we explored the bridge. What the plaque shown doesn’t tell you, is there were 19 bridges built in Madison County and only 6 remain. The bridges when built were covered because it was cheaper to replace the roofs and sides than the heavy beams of the actual bridge. They all have been reconstructed at some point and are repaired when needed. Every year in October a Covered Bridge Festival is held in Winterset, the county seat. People travel from world wide to attend and take guided tours of the bridges.