The Old Road Series - Plate XVII
Date: September 1987
Edition Size: 850 S/N - Issue Price: $45.00
Artist Proofs: 50 S/N - Issue Price: $65.00
Print Size: 14 x 28
Secondary Market Value
there is nothing so nostalgic, historic, or artistic
as a graceful wood covered bridge spanning the waters
below. The serene and scenic beauty is captivating.
Its steadfastness and age are testimony to the artistic
engineering of the nineteenth century and its builders.
for THE CROSSING is the Bell's Ford Covered Bridge
crossing the East Fork of White River, on State Road
258 in Jackson County, two miles northwest of Seymour,
in 1869 by Robert Patterson, the 325 foot bridge features
a modified Post Truss - the only one remaining in the
United States - designed by Simeon S. Post, of New Hampshire
in 1863. (He also lists among his accomplishments the
invention of the parabolic locomotive headlight, the
perfection of the original railway telegraph system
and the design of the first railway timetable.) The
truss combines wooden framing with a web system of iron
rods for bracing. The top chord is wood while the bottom
one uses wrought iron. By-passed in 1970, the bridge
originally featured an entrance ramp extending 109 feet
from the east end.
CROSSING was influenced by photos I took in 1978.
Due to extensive deterioration in recent years, the
ramp has been replaced with a footbridge. One section
of the bridge collapsed during the 1997 flooding but
preservationists are working to rebuild and restore
the structure to its former glory.
the last portion of the Bells Ford Bridge collapsed
into the East Fork of the White River on January 6,