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Old 10-02-2012, 08:35 PM   #31
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Can't say that is does?????
Jericho Rd outside of Marlinton this past summer, just around the block from the Inn.

Thought you might have rolled past there last year...
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:48 AM   #32
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Missed that one.

Got this one........



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Old 10-06-2012, 06:18 AM   #33
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Familiar Territory, Chapter II, The Covered Bridges.

A few years ago I started a RR, posted a few pictures, made a few comments and then abruptly ended it. During that same time a friend of mine, who I mentioned in that RR, was having some personal difficulties in his life and he abruptly ended it.

I'm going to take this opportunity to finish that ride report since it was contained to the county I live in, which is definitely familiar territory, and dedicate it to his memory.











So here's to you Randy B., we miss you. ...........



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Three years ago I set out to visit all of the covered bridges that were still standing in Washington county. With the help of my late friend, Randy Ball, I learned that there were 10 left in the county. See the accompanying photograph......note that it states "10 covered bridges".........






Randy worked for a number of years at the Washington County Tax Map Office and he knew more about where anything in the county was located, who owned it and how to get there than anyone else in the county. As a matter of fact the county could probably have done away with the department and just had Randy to address any question one might have concerning such things. So with his help I learned that the map was wrong.

Now how could a map possibly be wrong? That would be confusing to anyone who needed to know important things like how many covered bridges there were in Washington county. If someone might be, let's just say for the hell of it, planning to visit, in one day, all 10 bridges on a dual sport motorcycle to post a little ride report on ADVrider and the map was wrong it might cause undue concern. One would look for days for those 10 bridges that the map says are there, even months and years, because THERE'S ONLY 9 COVERED BRIDGES in Washington County, Ohio.



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Randy studied the map, naming the bridges as he highlighted them......

Heading northeast out of Marietta on SR26 were Hills, Hune and Rinard.....




Scattered all over the western part of the county were Harra, Shinn, Bell, Mill Branch, Henry, Root and........and???............




............and the tenth.................just couldn't be found......... .........no matter how diligently we looked.






But, as I will show you later, he did point out a tenth bridge that I'm really glad I visited that day.

So with that all said.......let's Just GO!





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My memory does not serve me well. It gets me in a lot of trouble, especially with my wife. "I told you.....", "Don't you remember............?", "You said you were going to...", and on and on. I have trouble remembering what I did this morning not to mention what I did 3 years ago. But in this case I have a little help.

Smug Mug. I kept all the pictures from that ride in my Smug Mug account just in case.

So..........as I remember............the morning started out a little foggy.










The 2-fiddy was raring to go. The fog wasn't one of those everlasting fogs that takes all morning to lift so the air was clear soon enuf...






I passed this little guy along the way....




......stopped, snapped his picture, helped him across the road and moved on...





He thanked me with a wink.




The first bridge that I visited was the Root bridge built in 1888....




























Interesting history in these old wooden structures....















Before moving on I left my mark...... ...


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On the way to bridge #2.




A Farmall Super C for sale. Very nice, I love these old tractors and it's nice to see them in this condition.











I traveled along gravel roads with funny names like....























The second bridge I visited...the Henry....





This bridge, like the one before, is closed to traffic. But the little KLR didn't care..






Each bridge I visited has it's own history and character.


Ghost from the past....






















And once again I signed in.....




....and said goodbye to the Henry Covered Bridge....





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Here's a little history on the first two bridges that I rode to on that day.

The Root bridge spans 70' 5" over the Hocking River and it's located a few miles north of Decaturville, Ohio just off SR555 on CR6. The bridge was originally built for $461.50. 461.50.....fifty cents..........I guess back then fifty cents was quite a bit of money to have in your pocket. It is also known as the Qualey Covered Bridge.


The Henry bridge was built in 1894 and spans 45' over West Branch. Located southeast of Bartlett, Ohio on TR 61. It was built after a little girl slipped off of a swinging footbridge on her way to school and drowned in the flood swollen waters of the creek. It's also known as the Goddard Covered Bridge.



And now on to bridge number 3.....















The Shinn bridge was constructed in 1886 and then renovated in 1998. It's a single span of 99' over Wolf Creek located southwest of Wolf Creek, Ohio. It is still in use today.











The bridge was built as a result of a near drowning which happened when the Shinn family was crossing Wolf Creek in a rowboat. As they docked the boat their youngest child, a three year old girl, fell into the fast moving water. Only the quick action of her older brother saved her life. The bridge was originally built at a cost of $762.30.



































It's interesting to know that two of the bridges were built because of tragedies or near tragedies.


Signing out and moving on................


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Rescued from page 4. I don't know if anyone was anxiously awaiting my next post but here it is anyway.



I last visited bridge #3, the Shinn bridge......next on my list was Bell bridge.









Built in 1888, it's a single span bridge of 62' over the southwest branch of Wolf Creek. Located just a few miles north of Barlow, Ohio. The bridge was originally built at a cost of $489.80 and is still open to motor traffic. The bridge has had extensive reinforcing with steel beams added to the underside of the floor for support. It was completely renovated in 1998.














I found the dates and initials carved into the hand-hewn beams of the bridges really interesting. I don't recall the oldest date I saw but I think it was in the late 1800's.







This may be the one.....1892..........





Someone carved that date into the beam 120 years ago. Probably with a Barlow knife. That makes my insignificant pencil signatures pale, don't it?












The KLR waiting patiently in the shade of the old bridge....








I added my stamp of approval and motored on to the next destination..........



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Bridge #5...the Mill Branch and a lunch fit for a King.











These mushrooms were the size of frizbees..............











Looking that these pictures makes me miss that little KLR.


Constructed in 1885, the Mill Branch bridge is a single span of 65' over a small stream at the Barlow, Ohio Fairgrounds. The bridge is located on the north side of SR339 at the fairgrounds. In the 1960's the bridge was abandoned when it was bypassed at its original location over the Little Hocking River two miles northeast of Portersfield, Ohio. When nearby landowners threatened to destroy the bridge, the county moved it about seven miles to its present location. It is closed to all but foot traffic but at least it's still standing.





Painted on both sides is the Ohio Bicentennial logo.....
























I snapped a few pictures then sat down for a feast.........


A bottle of water and.................Pop Tarts!!!!!






And once again, just to prove that I was there.....

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#6 bridge on the list...the Harra.

But before I go any further I want to post a link to the web site where I acquired the information about these historical bridges. Thanks for the help Tom.

This bridge has been around since 1878 or 1875 or 1871 depending on where you get your information. It's 95' long and stands over the South Branch of Wolf Creek. It's located northwest of Watertown, Ohio on TR 172 on the north side of the road. The bridge was originally built at a cost of $617.50. The timbers in the bridge are yellow poplar. It once had a slate roof. Although bypassed in 1981, it has been renovated in recent years. The structure rests on cut stone abutments that were quarried on site, then the Herman Harra Farm.


















































More ghosts from the past......



























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#6 bridge on the list...the Harra.
Fond memories of the Harra. A fine young lady and I conducted a chemistry experiment there as a youngster. Judging by the carvings on so many of these bridges, much chemistry was found under their roofs over the years.

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