Friday, January 05, 2007

Historic Ohio

We left Marietta, PA, on Thursday night and spent the next night in Marietta, OH. Ohio has created a byway through a nearby area with four covered bridges and some other "old-timey" structures. I felt at home here, because this covered bridge is called Hill's Bridge.

We have plenty of these in PA. I recently read an article about a man who painted Mail Pouch Barns for most of his life. He could paint two barns per day and centered and placed the letters by eye.

These artifacts are not (anywhere near) as old as the mound, but they are just as interesting. We had an excellent time tracking down these stops on the tour with the last light of day.

Usually bright paint jobs look terrible, but this one was pretty neat looking!

This bridge is the oldest and shows its age. It was sadly covered in graffiti on the inside. The marks do not hurt the structure, but they ruin its atmosphere. Another bridge on the tour has been swept off its supports two times during floods and rebuilt at great expense. Its a beloved community landmark, only a few miles down the road from this lesser-loved bridge. I don't know what makes the difference.

1 comment:

Chad Oneil said...

Cool stuff!