May is National Historic Preservation Month. This is the month when federal, state, and local governments, non-profits, and other organizations engage in a special effort to instill pride in our histories, promote heritage tourism, and show the economic and social benefits of historic preservation.
In the 1800's, an estimated 400 to 500 wooden covered bridges dotted the Hoosier landscape.
As you might expect, time and progress have taken a toll, and now just 90 such structures remain.
To take a look at the history and significance of the covered bridge, WBOI Arts Producer Julia Meek sat down with Ron Branson, founder of the Indiana County History Preservation Society, and author of "Covered Bridges of Indiana.”