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March 17, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Roseman Covered Bridge

fifth in series of Bridges of Madison County

fifth in series of Bridges of Madison County

Roseman Bridge  was built by Benton Jones across the Middle River several miles southwest of Winterset, Iowa. It remains in its original setting.  It is 107 feet in length. The Roseman Bridge was renovated in 1992 at a cost of $152,515. It was chosen as one of the main settings for the movie The Bridges of Madison County in 1994, but since it had recently been renovated the bridge looked too spiffed up. The movie company sent a crew to “age” the covered bridge for the movie, and according to contract, they “un-aged” it after the movie was completed.

The Roseman is the bridge most people associate with the book and movie. This is the bridge Robert Kincaid searches for when he stops at Francesca Johnson’s farmhouse for directions. It is also where Francesca leaves her note inviting Kincaid to dinner.

built 126 years ago

built 126 years ago

Every autumn the citizens of Madison County hold the Covered Bridge Festival. It has become a tradition for over 30 years. Each year on the second full weekend in October, county residents gather in autumn to celebrate the historic covered bridges. The festival features old-time craft demonstrations by local artisans, a wide variety of food, music and entertainment, an antique vehicle parade, tours of the bridges. Check out the festival plans for October 8 and 9, 2009.


  1. Ron / Mar 17 2009 10:35 am

    Very nice Bo, love the top image…

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  2. burstmode / Mar 17 2009 11:24 am

    I never saw the movie but I love the lines on the bridge.

  3. montucky / Mar 17 2009 6:16 pm

    From what I’ve seen in your photos, those gorgeous bridges are well worth celebrating!

  4. aullori / Mar 18 2009 12:11 am

    I really did recognize it.. and then I felt kind of like “hey, Lori your a nerd because you knew what that was..” ahh Oh well. Fabulous book, great movie not your greatest photograph but still very pretty.

    • Bo / Mar 18 2009 6:48 am

      I’d rather be shooting nature, too, Lori. But I had these photos from last fall, and wanted the bridges to be documented. So the 5 covered bridges I photographed are all posted now. I’m a bit glad there aren’t more.

      Though actually there IS one more bridge in Madison County, but we were on our way home after a 2 week road trip, and had neither the time nor inclination to track back and photograph the Cedar Bridge after a morning of shooting. Maybe next time I’m in the area I will complete the set.

  5. suehenryphotography / Mar 18 2009 9:30 am

    The top image is perhaps my favorite (photographically speaking) of the series you have presented.

  6. aullori / Mar 18 2009 11:27 pm

    I love that you catalogued it Bo. (I can completely relate to that need…. hell, sometimes it’s my personal curse.) 😉 If I lived where you do I wouldn’t pass them up either.

  7. Gandalf / Mar 20 2009 10:05 am

    nice series of photos.

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