by Joshua Heston
Bridges make stories. They also make for snapshots of rural history, great photography, and — for the pragmatic — just a simple way to cross from one side of the creek to the other.
Bridges represent our earliest attempts to settle this region from a simple log across a creek to a swinging bridge to now-weathered iron constructions.
Bridges represent stories.
Stories of crossing rivers on swinging bridges. Of building new crossings after old floods. Stories of fishing, swimming — and traveling near and far.
Stories of covered bridges. Swinging bridges. Bridges washed away and bridges lost below the lake waters.
Bridges represent a lot in these old hills. And the opportunity to bring the stories to StateoftheOzarks is an honor indeed.
August 22, 2009
All photo credits: J. Heston. Plate 1, Highway 19 Bridge, Shannon County, Missouri (2/21/09); Plate 2, Finley River Bridge, Ozark, Christian County, Missouri (2/25/09); Plate 3, Round Spring Creek Footbridge, Shannon County, Missouri (2/21/09)