History of States’ Covered Bridges Explored in New Book

Local author tells story through photographs and postcards
Connecticut and Rhode Island Covered Bridges
Connecticut and Rhode Island Covered Bridges
Aug. 19, 2011 - PRLog -- The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America and Postcards of America series is Connecticut and Rhode Island Covered Bridges from local author William S. Caswell Jr. The books boast more than 200 vintage images and 15 postcard memories of days gone by.

During their heyday in the mid- to late 1800s, more than 150 covered bridges dotted the landscape of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Since that time, floods, fires, and progress have claimed all but three of the historic structures.

Covered bridges were heavily concentrated in the hills of northwestern Connecticut, spanning the Farmington, Housatonic, and Naugatuck Rivers. In Rhode Island, most were built by the railroads in Woonsocket, Providence, and other communities in the northern part of the state, though few pictures are known to exist. Connecticut was the birthplace of two of the nation’s best known covered bridge designers: Ithiel Town and Theodore Burr. Half of the covered bridges currently standing in the United States are supported by trusses patented by Town or Burr.

The author, a native of Narragansett, RI, developed an interest in covered bridges after moving to New Hampshire in 1984. He is vice president and historian for the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges and a life member of numerous other covered bridge societies. He also maintains a website dedicated to gathering and sharing covered bridge information and pictures.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or

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