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Covered bridge in Vermont. 📷
@walter For the first time ever, the question occurs to me: why cover a bridge? 🤔
@jean Per my cousin (an expert on these matters) it’s to help the horses be less nervous and they last longer, as they are protected from snow and rain.
@jean Historically, many bridges were toll bridges. Covered bridges were fancy toll bridges. They could charge more for a crossing.
@jean If they are built right, it makes the bridge stronger, and the cover makes the wood bridge last up to 5 times as long.
@Pilchuck I recently saw a show on covered bridges. Amazing history as well as simple technology that works.
@jean Had the same question, glad you asked. Learned something new from the replies 😊
@jean to keep water off and freezing between the boards and creating gaps when it expands then thaws
@linnefaulk I love how educational this photoblogging post turned out to be!
@jean This thread's brilliant 👍😊