Bridges of Madison County

Covered Bridges of Madison County - Iowa - Frank Andrea Miller - Des Moines Register

Tonight we have another classic cartoon from Frank Andrea Miller that I found in one of my Grandmother’s scrapbooks. I really like these drawings of the Covered Bridges of Madison County.

This picture brings back memories of visiting covered bridges when I was a child growing up in Iowa. Of course, they also make me think of the popular novel, The Bridges of Madison County, that Robert James Waller wrote in 1992. I never did see the movie with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.

The Roseman bridge, which is the top one in the illustration, was the one that was featured in the novel and movie.

The Imes bridge has been moved to a different location since this drawing was made in 1956.

The Hogback bridge was named for a ridge of limestone that was near the bridge.

There are only six covered bridges left in Madison County, so it is interesting that the three that Frank Miller drew are among the remaining bridges.

Frank Andrea Miller was an editorial cartoonist for the Des Moines Register from 1953 until his death in 1983 and won a Pulitzer prize in the 1960’s. This was one of his earlier cartoons.

With this one there is also a narrative about the bridges. I will share two quotes from the narrative.

The first paragraph:

Covered bridges are one of our most direct and handsome connections with the past. Their setting at the shady junctions of wooded streams and winding country roads has changed little since their construction in the late 1800’s.

The last paragraph:

Adding to their charm is the fact that, though they belong in the realm of American antiques and horse and buggy days, they still perform their duty efficiently by getting sleek, high powered motor cars across streams.

I hope that you enjoyed this little look into the Iowa’s past.

You may also enjoy a couple more Frank Andrea Miller cartoons that were featured in some of my other posts.

Have you ever walked across a covered bridge? I can remember walking across one in summer time. Going from the hot sun into the cool shade and feeling nostalgic.

Steven

 

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6 Responses to Bridges of Madison County

  1. I love covered bridges. Always a perfect subject for photographs.

    The pictures here remind me of the artwork of Eric Sloane, who covered early American history in his books. Since you like history and art, I think you’d enjoy reading the books.

  2. Boomdeeadda says:

    I’ve not read the book but loved the movie with Eastwood and Streep. It’s a wonder how long these six old bridges have lasted. I would imagine there’s been some restoration projects to ensure their longevity.

  3. Glenda McDougal says:

    Love covered bridges!!! Thanks …

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