Roddy Bridge - looking southwest
In the 1800's covered bridges were popular in the U.S. They were primarily built in rural areas and small towns and provided access between farm and neighbors as well as the towns where crops were sold and goods were purchased. At one time Maryland had over 50 covered bridges. Today there are only 6 on the public roads of the state. Of the 6, three are in Frederick County. The Roddy Bridge crosses Owens Creek near Thurmont. Marianne and I came across Roddy Bridge on our photo excursion on April 1. (See her post for another view of the bridge.) Though in a rural setting, with only one house within sight of the bridge, it is used. During the 15 or 20 minutes, we were taking pictures, somewhere around 25 cars crossed the bridge. Only car one stopped, a fisherman wanting to relax. he said he did not catch many fish in the creek.
Marianne has posted a picture of Loy's Station last year. We will make it to the Utica Mills Covered Bridge later this spring. For more information these bridges see the Maryland SHA web site. Dale Travis has compiled a roster of covered bridges on his web site.
View from the creek bed