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Bridges of Madison County

Roseman Covered Bridge

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Built  in 1883, it is 107 feet in length and sits in its original location. Roseman was renovated in 1992. Also known as the “haunted” bridge, In 1892 two sheriff’s posses trapped a county jail escapee and it is said the man rose up  through the roof of the bridge, uttering a wild cry, and disappeared. He was never found. I personally didn’t feel a “haunting” as I walked across the bridge- but I honestly have to say it smelled quite rancid.

05102010 015 For those of you who read the book, or watched the movie, this is the bridge Robert Kincaid asked directions to when he stopped at Francesca Johnson’s home. It is also the bridge where Francesca leaves her note inviting him to dinner.







Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge

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Built in 1870, measures 79 feet in length and features a pitched roof. It was originally located over the North River near Bevington, it was moved to its present site in Winterset’s City Park in 1970. Cutler-Donahoe was renovated in 1997.


Cedar Covered Bridge

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Built in 1883, Cedar Bridge was 76 feet long and was the last bridge open to vehicles. It was built over Cedar Creek north of Winterset. It was moved to its present location over the same creek in 1921. In The Bridges of Madison County, Cedar Bridge is where Francesca Johnson goes to meet Robert Kincaid to help him take photographs. The bridge was renovated in 1998 and then later destroyed by an arsonist on Sept. 3, 2002. A replica of the original bridge was built from the original plans using authentic materials and methods. The new bridge was dedicated on October 9, 2004.

Holliwell Covered Bridge
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Built in 1880, it is the longest covered bridge, measuring 122 feet. It remains in its original site over the Middle River southeast of Winterset. Holliwell was renovated in 1995, and was featured in The Bridges of Madison County movie.

Imes Covered Bridge

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The oldest of the remaining covered bridges, Imes was built in 1870 and is 81 feet in length. It was originally located over the Middle River west of Patterson. In 1887 it was moved to a spot over Clinton Creek southwest of Hanley. Imes Bridge was moved again to its present site over a natural ravine just east of St. Charles in 1977. It was renovated in 1997.

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All of the bridges were riddled with graffiti.