New Jersey's Covered Bridges

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Overview
In the 18th and 19th centuries, covered bridges dotted the landscape of New Jersey, providing safe passage to travelers. Forty-five covered bridges once crossed waterways in all corners of the state. Perhaps the most extraordinary examples of these wooden bridges were found along the western border, crossing the Delaware River into neighboring Pennsylvania. These bridges were feats of construction and engineering but were ultimately unable to prevent the inevitable fate of almost all the covered bridges of the state, namely ice, floods, and fire as well as the development of new materials and technology. Today, only one covered bridge survives in New Jersey. The Green Sergeant's covered bridge in Hunterdon County was constructed over the Wickecheoke Creek in 1872 and has stood the test of time. New Jersey's Covered Bridges showcases the rich transportation history of these structures and pictorially honors the lost ones.
Details
ISBN: 9781467120111
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Date:
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 187
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
Richard J. Garlipp Jr. is a longtime member of the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges. A retired educator, he has visited many covered bridges in New England and elsewhere. A New Jersey native, he collects photographs of covered bridges and is displaying them within the pages of New Jersey's Covered Bridges. In addition, he gathered images from state historical societies and other collections.