So begins Day 2. Got everyone, including Cooper up at 06:30AM. Loaded up the mVan, and was on the road by 8AM. On the way to Parke County Indiana, home to the most Covered Bridges in the world; we came across this small town toy store after exiting I65. Dayton just couldn’t wait to get inside. Do you know why their are not any covered bridges around anymore, test your knowledge and see if you can correctly answer these 2, 2 part questions. I know my 7 year old Dayton G. can. (answers listed below).
1) What are the 2 main reasons they made Covered Bridges??
2) What are the 2 main reasons they don’t make Covered Bridges anymore??
After a good hardy Mc Donald’s breakfast, we arrived at our 1st Covered Bridge around noon Indiana time. Had a hard time finding it due to its vague location on the place mat map I had downloaded from the Parke County Covered Bridge website. Luckily my HT GiPS had it in as a Point of Interest, so we were finally able to find it. Went to 8 or so total, 4 were within site of one another.
Arrived at the “Haunted” Story Inn Bed & Breakfast at 7PM, had to detour around I 135 to get to it, due to a bridge being out. Had a hearty $$$ EXPENSIVE dinner and checked into our “Haunted” Blue Lady room. Did a sweep with our ghost meters, but nothing registered. Did the touch flashlight ordeal, but it only flickered “ON” one time; although Ann swears if you look closely at the mirror you can see a nebulous image faintly appear for a second or two. Ann also swears she felt a phantasmal presence in the room & heard an old lady whisper something. You might have to turn up your PC’s volume to hear it. For the rest of the night thou our flashlight did remained dark. Went to bed just after midnight, and the only ghost noises we heard from then on, came from the rooms cycling heater unit.
answers #1 They are made to look like a barn, so the horses would go through and not freak out while crossing over the river. The roof like structure preserved the wooden bridge by keeping the weather elements off it.
answer #2 Hardly anyone travels by horse these days, so a barn look is no longer a concern. Modern day bridges are made of materials that repel weather elements, so it is not cost effective to enclose bridges and build roofs over them.