RED OAK COVERED BRIDGE ~ This bridge was built in the 1840's by freed slaves and noted bridge builder Horace King (1807-1885). Constructed on the town lattice design, the bridge's web of planks crisscrossing at 45-60 degree angles are fastened at each intersection with a total of approximately 2,500 wooden pegs. Although King is credited with building many covered bridges throughout Georgia, this is the only surviving bridge of this design. At 391 feet, including the approaches, this structu

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Mark Reno on June 20, 2009

STUNNING image Mary.... I admire the way you use perspective and depth in so many images, the emotion you capture and in turn transmit to your viewer in wonderful..... wish I had as much history in my area to shoot..... our communities here in my area have only been here slightly over 100 years... relativly young really.... loved this photo Mary. blessings to you and yours in Georgia

MaryAlice on June 22, 2009

Goodness, Mark, I am so flattered by your attention this evening. You have made me a very proud girl. I hope you know how much I appreciate all that you've said. I'm simply delighted that you've taken the time to plunder through my humble little gallery, and that you seem to have enjoyed yourself while you were here. I am truly honored and very grateful for your kind and meaningful praise. It really means a lot to me seeing that YOU have such a magnificent gallery yourself! =)

Thank you, once again, for all that you said.

Most sincerely,

Mary Alice

Garcia R on September 6, 2009

the bridge of red oak brought to my mind memories of the movie "The Bridges of Madison" beautiful and romantic history that rotates around a photographer, a beautiful lady and beautiful wooden bridges, just as you have described to this one, congratulations you have a worth galeri, greetings from Mexico.

MaryAlice on September 9, 2009

Hello again, Garcia!

So you are familiar with the movie, "The Bridges of Madison Country?" Ah yes, what a wonderful movie! Indeed, it was quite a romantic story, and I enjoyed it greatly as well. That particular covered bridge is in Winterset, Iowa. It is called the Roseman Bridge, and the movie made it quite famous.

Thank you so much for sharing your comments with me, and for your interest in this beautiful bridge and it's history.

It's a pleasure having you visit my gallery, and I do hope that you'll stop by again soon.

Very best regards from Georgia,

Mary Alice

Jorge campos on October 17, 2009

Beautiful picture my friend B / W! thanks for your comments, they are kind and sincere, "Delirious" sometimes bella musica Donw the forest road listening to "Delirious" I love the nature that God delivered to us, greetings! continue looking at their photos.greetings from pucon-CHILE / Jorge

MaryAlice on October 17, 2009

Thank you so very much Jorge! I'm very happy to hear from you again this evening.

You're welcome for the comments about your site and it's music! Indeed, my words are most certainly sincere.

I'm happy that you also admire and appreciate this beautiful world that God has given us. We truly have so much for which to be thankful.

I will continue to enjoy your fine gallery of Nature shots, and thank you for welcoming me there. I hope you know that you are always more than welcome here as well. =)

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Mary Alice

Spizaetus on November 25, 2009

Hermoso, hermoso felicitaciones Mary Alice de Spizaetus

MaryAlice on November 28, 2009


¡Gracias! ¡Gracias tan tanto! Usted me ha hecho sonrío hoy muy grande con sus muchos cumplidos maravillosos y generosos.

Soy tan feliz que usted quiso esta foto. =)

El lo mejor considera a usted,

Maria ( Mary Alice)

Ewa_K on August 26, 2010

What a nostalgic view of the bridge. It reminds me the film "The bridges of Madison County". Many thanks for sharing:)) Ewa

MaryAlice on August 27, 2010

Greetings, Ewa, and thank you for your visit. It seems that everyone remembers the movie, "The Bridges of Madison County!" That one really made quite a lasting impression, didn't it? No doubt, it was an excellent movie. Thank you for your kind words, and for enjoying this beautiful covered bridge.
Friendly greetings from the USA, Mary Alice

Ewa_K on August 27, 2010

Mary Alice the memory of this film is so strong while looking at your beautiful photo... Best greetings from Poland:)) Ewa

MaryAlice on September 9, 2010

Thank you again, Ewa. I'm so happy that I could inspire such deep memories! :)

All the best to you,

Mary Alice

Schmeukel on May 29, 2011

Hi, Mary Alice, you have a good eye for old regards from Bamberg...LIKE

MaryAlice on June 1, 2011

Schmeukel, You are so kind! Thank you so much for enjoying these old things that I love to photograph. Your appreciation makes my day!

Thank you again for your thoughtful visit.

Warmest regards from the USA,

Mary Alice

Chris Strickland on March 20, 2012

Hey there, Mary Alice! I hope you are well. This is a great image and black and white works so well here, to convey the form and interplay of light and shadows of this grand old bridge. I had an attack of Nostalgia last week and decided to start putting up some old photos of my family and the old houses they lived in at Carmel, Alps, Rocky Mount,and Senoia as well as the old schools at Alvaton and Wooster on my Flickr page so stop by and have a look! I know you will love it. Just lookin at your pics and others on Google Earth exploring the map wanted to add a historical sidenote that ain't in the "history books". Some of the laborers that worked on this bridge at Red Oak creek and the other one at White Oak creek that King built were actually white sharecroppers and "dirt" farmers that were trying to make some extra money between farming. As a matter of fact, my own family the Stricklands and several other families including the Wood family had sons that helped supply King with sawed timberwood for the bridges. they cut it down, sawed and milled it, and hauled it to the site of the bridge(now gone) at White Oak creek. This was because the settlements of Warnerville and Texas were close by and the men working on the farms had a vested interest in getting a good solid bridge built that connected the two sides and saved a lot of time trying to cross a ford much further north or south, or using a ferry and paying the ferryman. So, they helped do what they could to build the bridge when not working their farms. When I was a boy my dad drove me down the little dirt road and through the old covered bridge at White Oak Creek. We got out and looked at it for a minute before driving on to Carmel and back home in McDonough. He told me that some of our people, men in our family helped to build it. I still remember looking at it as we drove through and hearing the click-clacking of tires on pegged and spiked wooden planks...thinking how amazing that old bridge was. My great-great grandmothers brother "Bill Jack" Woods was a carpenter by trade and the story of him working on the White Oak bridge was told to me by the old folks in my family. So, I happen to know King did not exclusively use freed slaves as labor. It might have been a bit tense at times I expect, but none of my family had owned slaves. Thanks for photographing this great part of the county history. If you like, head up to White Oak creek where the old bridge used to be, and get some shots of that for me to see in your pages! Take care.

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