COVERED BRIDGE CONFERENCE

Annotated Bibliography

By Lois Coulter

 

ADAMS, Kramer 

COVERED BRIDGES OF THE WEST: A HISTORY AND ILLUSTRATED GUIDE: WASHINGTON, OREGON, CALIFORNIA

Berkeley, CA: Howell-North, 1963. ISBN:1199541494;146 pp. 200 photos, with numerous maps, charts, and diagrams

Entertaining and nostalgic guide to some 120 housed timber truss bridges, whose gracefully buttressed picturesque wooden covers were primarily intended as protection for their supporting structures. Includes maps and directions to each of these historic architectural treasures still surviving in the three Pacific Coast states. Bridge architecture boards, CB endpapers, chapters on bridges west, the toll takers, roofs over rivers, trusses-what, when and Howe, Paul Bunyan's toothpicks, hell and high water, the end begins, and covered bridge country, followed by glossary, western records, bibliography, state-by-state guide, many photos and illustrations, index.

 

ALLEN, Richard Sanders 

COVERED BRIDGES OF THE SOUTH

Bonanza Books 1970, ISBN:0517128470; 56 pages

Book about the covered bridges in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina, & Kentucky

COVERED BRIDGES OF THE MIDDLE WEST

Bonanza Books, 1970, ISBN:0828901058; 145 pages, includes: appendices, select bibliography, glossary, index, illustrations

Includes bridges in Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas,

COVERED BRIDGES OF THE NORTHEAST

Brattleboro, TN: Stephen Greene Press, 1957 reprinted 1974, ISBN:082890202X; 121 pages

A brief history of covered bridges, their engineering and construction and the part they played in the economy and transport of people and goods in the developing years of America, over 150 pictures, diagrams and maps

COVERED BRIDGES OF THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC STATES: THEIR ILLUSTRATED HISTORY IN WAR AND PEACE

The Stephen Greene Press, 1959, ISBN:0517128764; 120 pages

Illustrated with b/w photos of the known bridges in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, plus documentation on some that are no longer there. Appendices on the types of bridges (names and sketch of stress members); individual maps and listings of the existing spans in each state along with over 100 illustrations. Includes: index, glossary, selected bibliography, appendix, tabulation of existing covered bridges

RARE OLD COVERED BRIDGES OF WINDSOR COUNTY VERMONT

Illustrated by Photographs, Brattleboro VT: Book Cellar, 1962 

 

ANDERSON, Stott 

GUIDE TO THE COVERED BRIDGES OF NEW YORK STATE

Stott Anderson: 1962. First edition, printed privately, 38 pages

each page has a picture of the covered bridge, with all verifiable information, i.e., the engineer and date built. In almost all cases, a map accompanies the photograph, placed below the photo and statistics.

 

BARNA, Ed

COVERED BRIDGES OF VERMONT, Woodstock, Vermont Countryman Press 1996; B&W Photographs; ISBN:0881503738; 216 pages

 

BLASER, Werner

WOODEN BRIDGES IN SWITZERLAND

editions Birkhauser, Basel, 1982

historical description and photos of representative bridges, English, French and German text

 

CLOUSIAU, Eric

DES TOITS SUR LES RIVI»RES, LES PONTS COUVERTS DE CANADA DE LíEST Les editions Hurtubise HMH LtÈe 2000

French language publication

 

COCKERILL, Bill and Nick

ROOFS OVER RIVERS: THE NEW GUIDE TO OREGON'S COVERED BRIDGES, Salem, OR: Oregon Sentinel Publishing; no date, estimated 1990

Chapters include: Benton County history and tours, Deschutes County history and tour, Douglas County history and tours, Jackson County history and tours, Josephine County history and tour, Lane County history and tours, Lincoln County history and tours, Linn County history and tours, Marion County history and tour, Polk County history and tours, why bridges are covered, How it all began, Oregon's first covered bridge and more. Illustrated throughout with black & white photographs & maps.

 

CONGDON, Herbert 

THE COVERED BRIDGE: AN OLD AMERICAN LANDMARK WHOSE ROMANCE, STABILITY, AND CRAFTSMANSHIP ARE TYPIFIED BY THE STRUCTURES REMAINING IN VERMONT

Vermont Books, 1973. ISBN:0-911570-05-5; 151pp. With 100 photos of Vermont bridges by Edmund Royce.

Second Prinitng New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946;

First edition  Steven Daye Press 1941,  151 pages,

B&W photographs, illustrated study of Vermont's covered bridges, arranged by county. Separate section at the end discusses various types of trusses used. Indexed.

 

DE VITO, Michael C

CONNECTICUT'S OLD TIMBERED CROSSINGS

Warehouse Point, CT: De Vito Enterprises, 1964; 71 pages

The covered bridges of Connecticut; more than 125 examples. B/w photographs, folding b/w map.

 

FRENCH, Thomas L. Jr. and Edward L.

COVERED BRIDGES OF GEORGIA

Columbus, Georgia: Frenco Company, 1984; 96 pages

includes a comprehensive view of the early builders and designers, introduces readers to Georgia's master bridge builder, Horace King, as well as others, and follows with a pictorial essay of the 17 covered bridges remaining in the state at the time of publication

 

GILLIS, Stephen, and GILLIS, John

NO FASTER THAN A WALK: THE COVERED BRIDGES OF NEW BRUNSWICK

Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton, NB, 1997.

Second edition of 1988 book; ISBN:0864920911; 101 pages

Appendixes listing and depicting standing covered bridges and bridges no longer in existence, bibliography. The most informative work to be published on New Brunswick's covered bridges, how they were constructed, and how used by the public.

 

GRISWALD, Morley, S.

COVERED BRIDGES OF CALIFORNIA,

Berkley, University of California Press, 1938 92pp. B/w photos, map

excellent inventory of California Covered Bridges

 

HARRINGTON, Lyn & Richard

COVERED BRIDGES OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN CANADA

Toronto, Montreal, New York. McGraw-Hill Ryerson. 1976, ISBN:0070824061; 88 pages, with 4 colour plates and 58 plates and illustrations, location indexes

 

HOJIMA, Yoshio (Shima)

1995

Nice photographs and diagrams of North American bridges, Japanese language publication

 

McKEE, Brian J. and American Society of Civil Engineers Staff; HISTORIC AMERICAN COVERED BRIDGES

New York: Am. Society of Civil Engineers/Oxford Univ. Pr. 1997. ISBN:0195213351; 152 pages

Photographic record in full color of 138 selected historic covered bridges in the US and Canada, with detailed truss diagrams, basic construction details and location information. Complete index of the nearly 1,000 surviving bridges. 

 

NELSON, Joseph C.

SPANNING TIME VERMONT'S COVERED BRIDGES

Shelburne, Vermont: New England Press 1997. ISBN: 1881535258; 271 pages includes bibliography and glossary

 

NELSON, Lee H.

A CENTURY OF OREGON COVERED BRIDGES 1851-1952

Portland: Oregon Historical Society, 1960.

A history of Oregon covered bridges, their beginnings, development & decline, with some mention of the builders & techniques; illustrated with old views & the author's photographs. Reprinted from Oregon Historical Quarterly.

 

New Hampshire Department Of Transportation (compiled and edited by)

NEW HAMPSHIRE COVERED BRIDGES: A LINK WITH OUR PAST

Nashua, NH; NH Department Of Transportation 2000; Color Photographs, 127 pages. Illustrated by Arthur F. Rounds. Second Edition.

Carefully researched and good basic facts

 

PETERSON, Hegen

KISSING BRIDGES

Brattleboro, Vermont: The Stephen Greene Press, 1965. Vermont, USA; ISBN:111795840X; 48 pages with index to other covered bridges.

The photos and illustrations are from the collection of Richard Sanders Allen. These bridges were touted as masterpieces of engineering-but horse and buggy America called them "Kissing Bridges". The book is a fine balance of history and fact, legend and lore, the complete covered bridge book containing photos, art, and memorabilia.

 

PIERCE, Leola B.

COVERED BRIDGES IN VIRGINIA, 2002, Upstream Press; ISBN:097010586X; 165 pages

 

SLOANE, Eric

AMERICAN BARNS AND COVERED BRIDGES,

New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1954, reprint 2002; ISBN: 0486425614; 112 pgs

Classic work on the history, construction, types, of barns and covered bridges. Includes a census of covered bridges in the summer of 1954. Full of detailed line drawings, showing the tools, construction and beauty of the barns and covered bridges throughout America. From the 'Author's Note: "This book of sketches and comment is designed to lift the old barn and covered bridge out of the category of quaintness and the antique curiosity and to secure for them a rightful place in the story of architecture so that we may better see and feel the fine fabric of American development. ...In the country the old tunes sound best; to those who can hear it, the song sung by old barns and wooden structures is precious music. It can be informative music too, for old houses speak as plainly as humans. (Beholding) an early barn or a hand-hewn bridge...is the closest thing to an intimate communion with the plain people who first kindled the American spirit and who evolved that architectural inheritance which has all but disappeared."

OUR VANISHING LANDSCAPE

New York, NY, U.S.A.: Funk & Wagnalls, 1955 Sixth Printing; ISBN: 0345242939295; 107 pgs, profusely illustrated.

Sloane's exquisite pen-and-ink drawings and descriptive text resurrect the old mills, smokehouses, churches, canal boats, covered bridges, road signs, sleds, snowplows, wagons, water wheels, icehouses, farms, and many more of the elements of our country's landscape. Historically accurate, this volume contains such visual tidbits as the steps in building a charcoal road and the steps in the evolution of a plank road.

ERIC SLOANE'S AMERICA

Promontory Press 1954/1994. ISBN: 0883940612; 343 pgs

Combination of "American Barns & Covered Bridges," Our Vanishing Landscape," and " American Yesterdays," drawings of tools and other memorabilia.

 

SMITH, Dwight A., NORMAN, James B. and DYKMAN, Pieter T.  

HISTORIC HIGHWAY BRIDGES OF OREGON

Revised Edition; 1989; Portland, OR; Oregon Historical Society Press, ISBN:0875952054; 323 pages. Revised 2nd edition.

Profusely illustrated work on Oregon bridges with a long section on Covered Bridges. Also "Historic Perspective"; "Old Columbia River Highway Bridges"; "Other Historic Bridges", includes map and index

 

STADELMANN, Werner

HOLZBRUCHEN DER SCHWEIZ ñ EIN INVENTAR

1990 Verlag Bundner Monatsblatt, Chur

photos and details all bridges in Switzerland, German language publication

 

WELLS, Rosalie

COVERED BRIDGES IN AMERICA

New York, NY: William Edwin Rudge, 1931; 135 pages,

Includes 135 black and white illustrations of covered bridges in eastern and midwestern states. First book on covered bridges from scholarly perspective.

 

WHITE, Vernon

Covered Bridges: Focus on Kentucky

Kentucky Imprints, Berea, KY 1985

 

WOOD, Miriam

COVERED BRIDGES OF OHIO: AN ATLAS AND HISTORY

Columbus, Ohio: Old Trail Printing Co, 1993; ISBN:1882376994

 

ZACHER, Susan M.  

THE COVERED BRIDGES OF PENNSYLVANIA, A GUIDE

Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1986. Revised Edition. ISBN:0892710543; 141 pages

Illustrated guide to more than 200 covered bridges in Pennsylvania. Includes location, date of construction, thumbnail descriptions, index, bibliography, illustrated throughout with b/w photographs.