I think Hogback Bridge is the most scenic covered bridge in Madison County, Iowa.
Known locally as Hogback Covered Bridge, it was built in 1884 by Benton Jones. This bridge still sits in its original location spanning 97 feet over the North River. It was named after the limestone ridge that forms the west end of the valley. Its construction is covered timber town lattice truss overlaid by a queenpost frame.
Madison County is the covered bridge capitol of Iowa. More covered bridges exist here than anywhere on the western half of the Mississippi Valley. It was the 1992 novel and subsequent movie, The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller is really put these beautiful covered bridges on the map.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is one of the five remaining covered bridges. Cedar Bridge, the sixth bridge was destroyed in mid-April of 2017 by an arsonist.
Copyright 2017 Susan Rissi Tregoning
July 11th, 2017
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