Scenic USA - Pennsylvania
Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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|Photo by Ben Prepelka
During the mid 1800s, the state of Pennsylvania became one of the countrywide leaders in covered bridge construction. As the Industrial Age brought on the need for widespread transportation, these sturdy bridges provided quick means to cross hundreds of the state's waterways. Although making a wonderful subject in paintings and photographs, covering a wooden bridge was a matter of practicality, rather than aesthetics. Expensive wooden superstructures, exposed to the weather, were vulnerable to rot. Over the years this approach has been well proven, with some of the 1800s bridges surviving well past the century mark.
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