Spanning History — Discovering Michigan’s Covered Bridges

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Date(s) - Thu, Oct 5, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Hadley Branch - Lapeer District Library



Dianna Stampfler, Promote Michigan Speakers BureauDianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan will be presenting “Spanning History — Discovering Michigan’s Covered Bridges”.

Beginning in the 1800s, covered bridges were being constructed around the country to help locals (and visitors) get across the many rivers and streams that meandered through the countryside. Those early builders thought it was easier to climb atop the structures to replace roof shingles when necessary rather than working while standing in the water to repair floorboards that deteriorated over time. Between the mid-1860s and 1880s, a handful of these beautiful bridges were built throughout rural Michigan although over time most have been damaged by Mother Nature or worse yet, vandals. Thankfully, most have been rebuilt and feature historical markers which will share their stories for generations to come. Some bridges have been moved to Michigan from other states, or transplanted from private property to county or regional parks making them accessible for others to enjoy.

Hadley Branch – Lapeer District Library