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Kissing Bridges: The Covered Bridges of Frederick County, Maryland

Train Wallpapers

Big Pool on the C&O Canal

Big Pool Photo Gallery

Weverton Branch of the B&O

Brunswick Railroad Days

Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse

Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse Continued

Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse History

Fort Fredericia

Fort Frederick October 23, 2004

Fort Frederick Photo Gallery

Scottish Heritage Day at Fort King George

Plum Orchard February 2007

Darien GA March 2006

Darien Photos March 2006

Kissing Bridges of Frederick County

Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. 2005

Seneca Stone Cutting Mill Index Page

Seneca Stone Cutting Mill

Weverton Industrial Village

Weverton Industrial Village - Revisited

Two Trails

LHSA Meeting October 2007

Letchworth State Park

George Eastman House

1st Digital Camera

Chairman Leica Camera

Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi

Bandelier National Monument

St. Marys Kingfish Classic 2007

Train Wallpapers

Big Pool on the C&O Canal

Big Pool Photo Gallery

Weverton Branch of the B&O

Brunswick Railroad Days

Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse

Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse Continued

Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse History

Fort Fredericia

Fort Frederick October 23, 2004

Fort Frederick Photo Gallery

Scottish Heritage Day at Fort King George

Plum Orchard February 2007

Darien GA March 2006

Darien Photos March 2006

Kissing Bridges of Frederick County

Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. 2005

Seneca Stone Cutting Mill Index Page

Seneca Stone Cutting Mill

Weverton Industrial Village

Weverton Industrial Village - Revisited

Two Trails

LHSA Meeting October 2007

Letchworth State Park

George Eastman House

1st Digital Camera

Chairman Leica Camera

Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi

Bandelier National Monument

St. Marys Kingfish Classic 2007

Utica Mills BridgeFolklore has it that covered bridges were designed so that couples could go into one and kiss without being seen. Harriet Robinson and Don Jennings stopped at the Utica Mills Covered Bridge to test the theory.

Actually, the reason bridges were built with covers was much more practical and much less romantic. When covered bridges were being constructed in the 1800ís, the cover provided protection for the wood from the sun and the rain; it provided structural stiffening for the bridge, and it was a proven design.

The romance is a better reason.

Today, functioning covered bridges are fairly rare; we are lucky that Frederick County has three of them within easy driving distance of Urbana.

Frederick County Tourism has a driving tour so that you can see all three bridges quite easily on less than a half tank of gas. It is about a 50-mile round trip from Urbana to see all of the bridges.

Utica Mills BridgeThe first bridge is Utica Mills Bridge. The 101-foot span was built around 1850Utica Mills Bridge over the Monocacy River. The flood of 1889 washed it away, but the residents rescued the timbers and rebuilt it over Fishing Creek, where it stands today.

Loy's Station BridgeLoy's Station Bridge has a park co-located with it, and OwensLoy's Station Bridge Creek is shallow and clear. This bridge was built in 1848 and has a span of 90 feet. After vandals set fire to it in the early 1990s, the bridge was rebuilt under the direction of Frederic

k County Public Works.

Just north of Thurmont is the Roddy Road Covered Bridge. The 40 foot span takes people and animals across Owens Creek just as it has since it was built in 1856.

Roddy Road Covered BridgeActually, there was a bit of a gap in its history. In 1992, an oversized truck tried to cross the bridge and severely damaged it making it impassible for traffic. However, a citizens group organized and repaired the bridge that same year. [From the Galvan Industries website http://www.galvanizersonline.com/hotdip/news/bridge.html.]

Roddy Road Covered BridgeThe Roddy Road Bridge has a unique feature; it is haunted! According to the Maryland Ghosts and Spirits Association, this bridge was in the middle of a Civil War battle and is haunted by the soldiers who died there. More information can be found at http://www.marylandghosts.com/locations/frederick.php.

Put a little romance in your travel; visit a Kissing Bridge. Or, visit the Roddy Road Bridge at night and see if the soldiers are still there.

[Specific information about the bridges is courtesy of Frederick County Tourism. For more information about the bridges and the driving tour, see:
http://www.fredericktourism.org/driving_coveredbridges.html]
 

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