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Bridges of Madison County

Interior view of the deck and wooden truss of the Hogback Bridge.


Hogback Covered Bridge - Built in 1884 by Benton Jones, it measures 97 feet, and is in its original location in a valley northwest of Winterset. Hogback gets its name from the limestone ridge which forms the west end of the valley. It was renovated in 1992 at a cost of $118,810.


The Bridges of Madison County is a best-selling novel by Robert James Waller which tells the story of a lonely Italian war bride who engages in an adulterous affair with a National Geographic photographer from Bellingham, Washington who has come to Madison County, Iowa in order to create a photographic essay on the covered bridges in the area. The novel is presented as a novelisation of a true story, but it is in fact entirely fiction, though some have speculated that, due to admitted similaries between the author and the main character, some elements of the novel may be slightly autobiographical.


The Bridges of Madison County was made into a 1995 film of the same name adapted by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Clint Eastwood. It stars Eastwood and Meryl Streep. (Wikipedia)

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Taken on October 22, 2007