A few days ago, I watched the classic romance movie of 1995, "The Bridges of Madison County," and then I was very interested in the romantic covered bridges in the movie. Let's take the time to learn more about this beautiful red-covered bridge. Many people are usually more familiar with the Madison Covered Bridge mentioned in the movie. However, the romantic and sad film was filmed at the West Montrose Covered Bridge.
The West Montrose Covered Bridge is located in the Waterloo region of Canada. It was built in 1881 and has experienced more than a century of history. It is the only remaining covered bridge in Ontario and a historical relic with great archaeological value. In 1960, the bridge was confirmed as a monument by Ontario's Archeological & Historic Sites Board.
The bridge is also known as the "Kissing Bridge" because the bridge is closed with cover and walls; the soft lighting creates a romantic atmosphere and provides an intimate space. There is picturesque scenery around the covered bridge, and many residents still keep the tradition of traveling by horse and carriage. This post will introduce more details about the design and size of the bridge.
Description of the West Montrose Covered Bridge Size
The West Montrose Covered Bridge spans the Grand River and is famous for its long history and romantic traditions. The West Montrose Covered Bridge was built in 1881 but underwent major repairs in 1999. So far, horse-drawn carriages and light vehicles are still passing through as usual. Thanks to the local government's repair and protection of bridge structures, such as deck, timber, and trusses, this is the reason why the covered bridge is still standing after nearly 140 years of wind and rain.
Usually, the lifespan of an open wooden bridge is only 10-15 years, which is caused by rot and damage due to exposure to the sun, rain, etc. That's why the West Montrose Covered Bridge is a closed structure. If paint or bitumen is used to protect the deck, it can become slippery on rainy days and cause panic in the horses. Therefore, the closed covered bridge, the parapets on both sides, and the lights on the side walls allow the horses to pass quietly.
Dimensions of the West Montrose Covered Bridge
The long red bridge is made of wood and reinforced concrete. Designed by John Bear, it spans 62 meters (205 feet) across the Great River. The entire structure was originally constructed of wood with a width of 5.2 meters (17 feet); its weight is supported by 15 piles driven deep into the riverbed. The structure has an estimated service life of 70 to 80 years; this period was greatly increased with subsequent restorations and reinforcements.
|62 m (205 ft)
|5.2 m (17 ft)
|Number of Span
Tourists from all over the world visit and take pictures with this picturesque covered bridge every year. A notice board erected at the bridgehead by the Ontario Heritage Foundation details the West Montrose Covered Bridge. There are five covered bridges in Ontario, but the Kissing Bridge is the only one that remains intact today. The long red bridge connects the meadows on both sides. Especially during dawn and dusk, its scarlet appearance contrasts with blue rivers and green meadows. The majestic bridge and the surrounding landscape have attracted numerous artists and photographers.