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Cutler - Donahoe Covered Bridge

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 26 October 2021 in Transportation and Portfolio.

The Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge was designed and built by Eli Cox in 1870. It's 79 feet long and approximately 40 tons in weight. It's a covered timber superstructure with lattice truss design with overlay queenpost frame, fastened with round wooden pins and iron bolts.

This bridge was originally located about 18 mile northeast of Winterset, Iowa near Bevington over the North River. It was moved to its current location in Winterset City Park in 1970. Clair Rogers, a house mover from Macksburg, Iowa, commissioned to move the bridge before the first covered bridge festival. Clair gave his time to rebuild the west one-third of the bridge and re-roof it.

Covered bridges are often named for nearby residents. The Cutler and Donahoe families each claimed "naming rights", thus the bridge's hyphenated name.

This is one of six bridges of Madison County, Iowa that I will be featuring which are the bridges from which the movie, "The Bridges of Madison County" got its name.

Photo captured October 11, 2021.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/3.5 ISO 250 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Marie from Parc régional naturel de Chartreuse, France

Beautiful framing on this covered bridge. I love red bridges

26 Oct 2021 5:04am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Ce pont a de jolies couleurs.

26 Oct 2021 5:13am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

An interesting history. Covering bridges is an American specialty., I don’t remember seeing covered bridges anywhere else.

26 Oct 2021 5:39am

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

when i saw your picture i immediately thought off all the movies with those bridges
it's only in america that you have such lovely bridges !
excellent capture
great to be back :)

26 Oct 2021 6:16am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

I really like to see these covered bridges. We have none like these back home in Ireland. 5*

26 Oct 2021 6:21am

Pascale MD from Occitanie - Cévennes Méridionales, France

Sympa ce petit pont couvert, la photo rend très bien.
Bonne journée Steven

26 Oct 2021 7:04am

Gérard from Chateau-Gombert, Marseille, France

Beautiful old bridge.
But, can you explain why these covered bridges are often red painted ?

26 Oct 2021 7:33am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Lovely architectural capture and interesting back story too

26 Oct 2021 8:52am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful red covered bridge!

26 Oct 2021 9:16am

suzanne from Belgium

Une belle image très originale ! :-)

26 Oct 2021 9:30am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

beautiful bridge !!

26 Oct 2021 9:36am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Nice to have you back. What a beautiful red covered bridge. i llke this point of view.

26 Oct 2021 12:10pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition and colors . Superb framing of this special bridge !

26 Oct 2021 1:08pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Fantastic colors and composition.

26 Oct 2021 1:16pm

Rose from United States

So glad to see this post...I always love covered bridges!

26 Oct 2021 3:24pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Beautifully photographed between the incipient autumn colours.

26 Oct 2021 4:28pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful covered bridge. Good to see you back.

26 Oct 2021 6:35pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a gorgeous bridge.

26 Oct 2021 10:27pm

harry from Apex NC, United States

it is wonderful to see a historic structure like this preserved and made accessible, but it is sad to see it without water beneath it.

27 Oct 2021 12:28am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

A whole history is linked to this covered bridge.
Thank you for all the information attached.

27 Oct 2021 2:08am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Interesting bridge and interesting information. Thanks for sharing. It looks great with lovely autumns scenery around it.

27 Oct 2021 2:25am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Très belle photo originale !

27 Oct 2021 5:59am

lisl from Winsley, United Kingdom

I have never seen a covered bridge before, Steven. It's good that you are posting again

27 Oct 2021 7:55am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of this covered bridge and interesting information. Great. :)

27 Oct 2021 8:21am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

This bridge is more like a house than a bridge.
We only know open bridges.
Nice to see with these colors.

27 Oct 2021 9:47am

Hootin' Anni from Corpus Christi, United States

How fun these will be to see, thanks to you. When I was reading the stats on this particular one, I was thinking of the book/movie. Lo and behold your promise of showing them all. I am highly anticipating your future posts!!

It's awesome having you"back"!

27 Oct 2021 12:43pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Wonderful to have you back Steven.
Loved the image...very good framing..and I look forward to the other shots involving other bridges..Thank you for sharing the history too :)))

27 Oct 2021 2:38pm

Ray. B from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique angle de prise. Belles couleurs ce pont couvert.
Chez nous pas de pont couverts ainsi.
Contente de te retrouver Steven.

27 Oct 2021 6:10pm

@Ray. B: Merci beaucoup!