The Bridges of Madison County, do you remember the book and/or the movie from the 1990’s? Winterset, Iowa, where Olivia had her nose work trial last weekend is in Madison County and they are famous for their covered bridges. There are six of them, we had time to find four of them. Next time we head to Winterset, we will look for the other two which are on the other side of town, spread out.
All along the highways in Madison County are the Covered Bridges Scenic Byway signs. The bridges are off the beaten path, and most of them are off gravel roads.
We started with the Cedar Covered Bridge. The original was built in 1893 and was renovated in 1998. Sadly, it was the target of arson and had to be rebuilt in 2019. If you know The Bridges of Madison County, it is the bridge on the cover of the book and where Francesca Johnson goes to meet Robert Kincaid to help him take photographs. From the four we had time to find, it was the least impressive, but it is probably because of having to be rebuilt.
Next we headed over to the Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge which was built in 1870. In 1970, they moved it to a park closer to Winterset.
The third bridge we visited was the Holliwell Covered Bridge. This bridge was built in 1880 and renovated in 1995. It was also featured in the movie The Bridges of Madison County.
On the way out of town, we were not far from the Hogback Covered Bridge, so we traveled a few miles down the gravel road to find it. This bridge was built in 1884 and renovated in 1992. As far as locations go, it had the best spot going over a small river.
The Imes and the Roseman we are saving for our next visit to Winterset. It’s funny when you travel to some town in the middle of nowhere and find out it is actually a famous place! Madison and Bailie visited the birthplace of John Wayne when they were in Winterset in 2019.
We are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard is for their Nature Friday blog hop.