Pat Shingleton: "Getting Undercover"
The sound of thunder in South Louisiana sends us quickly inside or under-cover. An example of avoiding inclement weather in years-gone-by was the covered bridge. A few years ago my Mom forwarded a copy of the Ellwood City Area Historical Society Newsletter. The issue detailed the first covered bridge connecting Hazel Dell and Ellwood City. The bridge length was 165 feet with a width of twelve feet, eight inches. The width was calculated to accommodate the exact width of buggies and horse-drawn wagons. These bridges were also constructed to provide shelter for travelers during inclement weather that included strong and severe thunderstorms and unexpected snow storms. This particular issue of the Newsletter also included an excerpt on the use of the "spring house." These structures were built adjacent to a well for fresh, spring water. They were cool enough to preserve milk and meat from spoilage during the summer months. All of my columns can be retrieved at www.patshingleton.com.
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