Tucked amidst the dusty roads and emerald green rolling pastures of central Iowa, and just 30 miles southwest of Des Moines, a collection of historic bridges beckon visitors and delight the senses. Based on the 1992 bestselling novel by Robert Waller, the 1995 film, The Bridges of Madison County, brought fame to the landmark covered bridges of Madison County and the Iowa landscape, alike.
And just as poetic as the storyline, these bridges stand tall and carry stories well beyond their years. Dating back to the late 1800’s, these architectural wonders were crafted originally to serve as a shelter for the truss structure of the bridges.
As you walk inside these now preserved bridges, you will see why they hold such romantic and nostalgic value. Lining the walls are words written to lovers, confessions carved in the grandfatherly beams and areas where you can see years of weather and history have taken their toll.
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About the author: SusanHattenSusan R. Hatten
Susan R. Hatten resides in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Susan has been writing as a hobby since she was a young girl, and began diligently adding to her collection of poetry and short stories when she was 21. She has written for the Huffington Post, Divine Caroline, and currently hosts the blog; Ruby Slippers, on dsmmagazine.com. Susan enjoys an active lifestyle, including travel for both business and pleasure, workouts and spending time outdoors. She is passionate about carving out time with loved ones, celebrating the history of wine, and is an avid entertainment and live music lover.