Bollinger mill and Burfordville covered bridge

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Comments (12)

Margrit M. Berger (S… on December 3, 2007

…though it looks from this point, as if it could also used by cars as well, at least European cars. :))

Very nice photo with the mill and the bridge. They'd better close the little windows in the house, when the river gets high. ;) or is it open for the water and still used as mill?

Greetings, May

Ryan Calhoun on December 3, 2007

Thanks May. The bridge is strong enough to hold cars, but it moved on its footings during a flood in 1986. It's been repaired, but it's closed to vehicle traffic now so it can be explored and examined more closely on foot. The whole bottom level of the mill is just an empty box to hold the wheel. I don't know if the windows are for light, or if they're to relieve water pressure against the wall in case of a flood. Either way, I don't think those little windows close. :)

Greetings, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on December 3, 2007

We have all kinds of wooden bridges with wooden planches, a great number of them are used for traffic, some even for heavy traffic. I stayed on one, while taking photos. the whole thing trembled, when a big lorry passed. It's amazing how strong these wooden constructions are. Yes, Ryan, about the mill and the windows, it's exactly what I guessed, later, after I had a look at your other pictures and thought it over.

Greetings, May

Ryan Calhoun on December 4, 2007

May, I don't know what a planch is, but I know what you mean. Concrete can crumble from vibration, and iron and steel lose all their strength once they're bent. But wood has a wonderful ability to absorb shock and bounce back. And even when it's pushed too far and splinters, it's very easy to cut a new beam and put it in place, especially when the bridge is surrounded by trees that are just filled with potential replacement parts!

Greetings, Ryan

Ryan Calhoun on December 5, 2007

Thanks Gerry!

About the Minneapolis bridge, I don't think there's been an official cause determined. It was supposed to still be safe for driving even though it was old. I don't think a steel truss structure could fail so completely just from time and use without giving more warning signs. They'll probably find it's the fault of a design flaw in the way the truss spans were joined inside the roadbed. Very sad. Hopefully once they figure it out they'll be able to prevent the same thing from happening in other places.

© Carsten on December 5, 2007

Hi Ryan, the composition is perfect. You can see into the bridge but the focus is on the mill. Amazing. Very great. And a yellow star. Very good photo.



©junebug on December 6, 2007

What a beautiful picture, Ryan! I really like your new series of covered bridges. Greetings, Anne

✔chilefoto on December 6, 2007

My dear Ryan ¡te dejo por un tiempo y te pones a sacar estas fotos tan bonitas! Ya sabes, me gusta el tema elegido. Un saludo afectuoso, Claudia.

Ryan Calhoun on December 7, 2007

Thanks Carsten and Anne! The mill and bridge are nice being side by side, with plenty of spots to explore all around.

¡Hola Claudia! Es bueno verte otra vez. Gracias por visitarme y mis fotos.

Greetings, Ryan

luizboavent on May 30, 2011
Muito bonito o lugar a foto tudo em fim        parabens ...
r.w. dawson on December 7, 2011

Like and invite!

jfl.Williams on June 15, 2012

Very nice. Very Interesting.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 1, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2007/10/29 12:02:22
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 17.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash