One of our goals this summer was to visit the three covered bridges in Missouri that we have not been to yet. Like they say about the best made plans and all that– we haven’t made much of a dent in that goal.
Our schedule this week left only part of Tuesday as a ‘free day’. So I surprised Molly with a ‘scouting’ trip to the Union Covered Bridge in Monroe County. Since this was a scouting expedition to check out the sun, the location and what views were available, we traveled light with two cameras and no tripods. The Google Maps laid out a travel plan up HWY 15/HWY 54 from Mexico, Mo. Our GPS had other plans and we were in no hurry. All was well until we ran into road work on the main road to the destination. This resulted in ‘going over the river and through the woods’ on gravel roads. At one point I asked Molly if she was hearing banjos and she said, “No but she figured we would in another mile or two”. Our neighbor Linda often says that as long as you have a full tank of gas…..you are never really lost. We were wondering if this was our chance to test the theory. 🙂
Long story short– the latitude/longitude coordinates took us exactly to the bridge. Of course an expert landscape/architecture photographer would have been sitting in some cafe having their second cup of breakfast coffee when we arrived. For landscape images were a bit ‘late’ and the light was a bit hard. I think this is an early morning place for the most part, so like so much travel photography we shot what was there when we were there.
If you decide to visit the place, realize that the interior has a fair amount of graffiti but the bridge is one of the few double Burre Arch covered bridges still in existence. Once you get past the graffiti, you start looking at the details of the structure and appreciate the engineering.
I can’t find my notes on the latitude/longitude but the bridge information says the address of the bridge is 20700 Monroe County Road 962,Paris MO 65275.
We had to be back in New Haven so Molly could be at the Open House at her Day School that evening,so we took HWY 15/HWY 54 back to I-70 which was much faster than our earlier ‘scenic’ route. Much less scenic but faster.
The website for Union Covered Bridge Historic Site is https://mostateparks.com/park/union-covered-bridge-state-historic-site
Here are a few images that Molly took from our day trip.