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The Bridges of Madison County

Postby RockHarbor » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:22 pm

Yesterday, I decided to go on a little day trip from Omaha and I saw the Bridges of Madison County -- FINALLY. (I first saw that movie down in South Florida in 2003, and it made me long for the sights & sounds of the Midwest, where I grew up. Plus, I always wanted to go see those bridges. To think they are not that far from Omaha.) Anyways, I saw all 6 bridges that surround Winterset, Iowa. Some are quite a ways down dusty country roads. It was a real treat. They even have a festival in October. I have pics on my phone of all the bridges, but I need to shrink them down first -- which I can't do on my phone. Anyways, anyone ever been? Here's the local website for info: http://www.madisoncounty.com (Afterwards, I rounded off the trip in West Des Moines, where I took pics around the Jordan Creek Mall. I just admire that Athene building & Wells Fargo campus & mall -- I think because Omaha doesn't quite have that large of a new indoor mall, with a spacious lawn and beautiful landscaping, with large new office buildings nearby, with a large parkway running through. Village Point area comes the closest. All the city/suburban "new world" stuff was a contrast from the country "old world" stuff I saw beforehand...) ***Whoops. This needs moved from "Elsewhere" to "Nebraska/Iowa." Sorry...***
"Crossroads Village" down the street from "Aksarben Village?" Does "Crossroads" have any meaning to people 20 and under? "Dodge At 72nd" is a type name I like better, drawing from the excitement of the iconic, special Omaha intersection. My $.02.

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Re: The Bridges of Madison County

Postby skinzfan23 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:34 am

I visited the bridges last fall with a group of people. It really is a beautiful area. Did they do any work on the bridge that recently was lit on fire?

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Re: The Bridges of Madison County

Postby Coyote » Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:09 pm

I took these pics in 2005: Bridges of Madison County
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Re: The Bridges of Madison County

Postby RockHarbor » Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:24 pm

Finally getting to this.... Skinzfan: Glad you've seen them! Yes, it is a beautiful area. Ya know, a lady told me about that bridge fire, and I'm confused because I saw all 6 bridges on the tourist map. I'm assuming that bridge is now gone altogether? I also hear Francesca's farmhouse is gone. Coyote: Absolutely love those! What great, crisp, nice pics. Thanks for sharing that link. Originally 19 bridges?! Funny, I just asked somebody what the point of a covered bridge was, and they thought it was so horses wouldn't get spooked. The protection of the wood from weather & decay even makes more sense. Duh! Thanks again.
"Crossroads Village" down the street from "Aksarben Village?" Does "Crossroads" have any meaning to people 20 and under? "Dodge At 72nd" is a type name I like better, drawing from the excitement of the iconic, special Omaha intersection. My $.02.

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Re: The Bridges of Madison County

Postby skinzfan23 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:19 am

The purpose of the covered bridge is to protect the wooden membrane structure from the weather. Most of these were in remote areas and were built "covered" so they didn't need much maintenance.

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Re: The Bridges of Madison County

Postby RockHarbor » Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:49 am

skinzfan23 wrote:The purpose of the covered bridge is to protect the wooden membrane structure from the weather. Most of these were in remote areas and were built "covered" so they didn't need much maintenance.
Makes perfect sense. Loved those covered bridges. I stopped by one in Indiana about 3-4 years ago. Indiana has some, so does Vermont & New Hampshire. A lot of states don't really have them. I think it is special a corner of Iowa has them.
"Crossroads Village" down the street from "Aksarben Village?" Does "Crossroads" have any meaning to people 20 and under? "Dodge At 72nd" is a type name I like better, drawing from the excitement of the iconic, special Omaha intersection. My $.02.


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