Covered Bridges of New York State: A Guide

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Syracuse University Press, 2003 - Architecture - 66 pages
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A stunning and comprehensive guide to the design, evolution, and romance of historic covered bridges extant in New York State. More than just artifacts of a bygone era, covered bridges enjoy a cherished place in the public imagination and a special niche in northeastern America's regional lore and architectural history. Once 250 covered bridges dotted New York State. But natural disaster and destructive human progress exacted a price, leaving only twenty-four historic bridges - completed between 1823 and 1912 - they represent a wide variety of designs. This book also takes a knowing look at why these bridges came to be and it fully explores the colorful and arcane customs they spawned. Kissing bridges, for example provided delectable seclusion for sweethearts of an earlier era. Toll bridges appeared on an emerging turnpike system. Baptisms and weddings were conducted on those veritable platforms. And they were favored haunts for traveling salespeople. An abundance of brilliant color photos, county maps, driving directions, and accurate statistics make this a practical, appealing, and useful reference.
 

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Contents

Downsville
2
Fitchs
4
Hamden
6
Tuscarora Club Demis
10
Lower Shavertown Campbells
11
Jay
13
Salisbury Center
15
Hyde Hall
17
Perrines
36
Forge
38
Tappan Kittle
40
AshokanTurnwood New Paltz Campus Olive
42
Grants Mills
44
Eagleville
46
Shushan
48
Rexleigh
50

Copeland
19
Blenheim
21
Halls Mills
24
Beaverkill Conklin
26
Van Tran Flat Livingston Manor
28
Bendo
31
Newfield
33
Buskirk
52
Driving Distances Between Locations of Covered Bridges
57
Year Built Length Clearance and Weight Limit
59
Covered Bridges Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
61
References
63
Index
65
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Rick L Berfield is a former civil engineer with the New York State Department of Transporation

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