The first one is the Dr. Kniseley bridge, a Burr truss bridge built in 1867. It is on private land, and the farmers were out with their tractors taking care of the corn fields that surround it.
This next one is the Snook's bridge, another Burr Truss, built in 1883. It was hard to take a photo because I didn't have permission to go through the fences of the property directly next to it, and there were some power lines and an ugly "CLEARANCE" sign right in front. But here it is:
The Snook's bridge is drivable--and drive people do! At full speed over it, without seemingly checking to see if anyone is coming from the other direction! I had fun driving slowly across, enjoying the rumble of the tires on the wood, then I got out and took these pictures of some farm equipment.
Looks like it already snowed!
What is it with my taking pictures of farm equipment and plants lately, anyway?
Which reminds me. You know those photos I took a few weeks ago of the plants encased in the ice? You should see them now! I wanted to stop today, but when I realized what I was looking at, there was a car behind and a car directly in front and I couldn't stop soon enough. The seed pods have quite literally burst open at the seams, and it looks like soft, cottony stuffing is escaping. They look amazing! And who says that plants in Autumn are dead looking? I've never seen anything look more alive! I might have to go out tomorrow when running errands with the kids and take some pictures of them to show you.
Oh--fyi, a Burr Truss bridge is one which, according to the Bedford County guide, is "held in place by a set of trusses that interact with an arch that spans the length on each side." You can see it more in the first photo, since it isn't enclosed. Named after the designer, Theodore Burr. There you go!
For more information about these beautiful little bridges, check out the above-mentioned guide at http://www.bedfordcounty.net/cvrbridg.htm