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Driving into the Ohio Covered Bridges Scene.

Spending so much time in the Midwest, it’s kind of remarkable that covered bridges and I have never crossed paths. That changed recently as I drived (dived) into the covered bridges scene while roaming around the extremely rural roads of north-central Ohio.

My first stop was the Parker Covered Bridge just north of Upper Sandusky. Getting there involved going onto one remote county and township road after another, each one usually less kept up than the last. I actually didn’t see another car or person either to or from the bridge once I got off the main highway.

Wyandot County, Ohio, rural country road

Upon arriving at the bridge I quickly realized many were one way and built back in the 1800’s and early 1900’s.

The Parker Covered Bridge, a part of Township Road 40, was originally built-in 1873 by J.C. Davis and spans 172-feet over the Sandusky River. It is one of two bridges in the county on the National Register of Historic Places.

Parker Covered Bridge, Ohio

Parker Covered Bridge, Ohio

I turned around to look back at the countryside route that brought me here and then walked through the wooden bridge to checkout the other side. Some say these bridges were built and covered so that horses wouldn’t here the river underneath and be scared to cross.

Parker Covered Bridge, Ohio

Parker Covered Bridge, Ohio

Parker Covered Bridge, Ohio

About fifteen miles away sits the other covered bridge in Wyandot County that is historically registered, the Swartz Covered Bridge. I was out on the open road approaching the bridge along County Road 130A.

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio

This covered bridge also sits over the Sandusky River, being originally built-in 1878 by Moses Weymouth. The average daily traffic in the 1970’s was just over hundred. The fact that no cars went by while I was there leads me to believe that the people passing through is still minimal.

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio

Shot overlooking the Sandusky River. Due to the recent snow meltage, lots of rain, the muddy waters and nothing blooming yet, didn’t really check out the riverfront at either stop. 🙂

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio, Sandusky River

Covered bridges definitely bleed romance. I don’t know if it’s the river that flows underneath, the history behind them, the remoteness and privacy of the timber built structures or the surrounding colors of Spring and Autumn (which I need to see), it’s just a beautiful scene up close. Besides romance, back in the day they were also used for meetings, rallies and dances.

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio

This covered bridge, like the one before, naturally has a weight limit due to how it’s constructed.

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio

I look forward to uncovering more historic covered bridges in the future. Look how many this map of Ohio highlights! The Buckeye State is only second to Pennsylvania.

Any recommendations on covered bridges to checkout in Ohio, the Midwest and beyond?

Zigzagging a State Line.

Michigan and Ohio are border states. Loving state welcome-to signs, I got the crazy idea of driving west to east along the border one evening and turning on one north/south road after another to capture the signs and scenery.

I reached the border from the north on a major two-lane road, U.S. Highway 127 in the beautiful countryside.

Michigan, Ohio state line

Michigan, Ohio state line

Slightly to the east, I wandered onto numerous secondary roads. On all of them I checked out, there weren’t welcome-to signs, just a sign signifying what county was being entered.

Michigan, Ohio state line

Michigan, Ohio state line

I also noticed the difference in pavement as you crossed into a different state. Sometimes you’ll notice it when you cross into a different county within the same state. I’m barely in Michigan in this shot.

Michigan, Ohio state line

In this border crossing case, it went from a dirt road in Michigan, to pavement in Ohio. Who’s that guy taking the photos haha?! 🙂

Michigan, Ohio state line

Michigan, Ohio state line

The west to east road in the area, was named State Line Road. What are the odds?

Michigan, Ohio state line

The welcome-to signage will not always be the same between major roads, as is the case with this green sign when entering Ohio.

Michigan, Ohio state line

Going further east, on what becomes M-52 north, your still in the beautiful countryside and the welcome-to signage is decorated with blooming flowers. Love capturing the blue sky, a barn, a silo or other objects in signage shots.

Michigan, Ohio state line

The Michigan/Ohio land border ends at Lake Erie to the east in the urban Toledo area. A lot more people will see these Michigan and Ohio welcome-to signs around Toledo then the others because they’re on the interstate. In this case U.S. 23.

Michigan, Ohio state line

Michigan, Ohio state line

For good measure, I captured some shots of welcome-to signs in a more urban setting. I liked the countryside backdrops better.

Michigan, Ohio state line

It was a great evening zigzagging the Michigan/Ohio state line capturing all the welcome-to signs and backdrops behind. I look forward to doing it again, with different states as the participants. What experiences in your travels do you have in regards to welcome-to signs? Any ideas of interaction I should have with them like jumping?