poetry and prose about place

in the shelter of the covered bridge – the record we leave

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The Odellach River #2 Covered Bridge (Tomlinson Mill), built in 1918, is the only covered bridge remaining in Victoria County, New Brunswick.


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Odellach River #2 Covered Bridge, Victoria County, New Brunswick


It is a charming bridge, with a long roofed window on one side.


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long window in Odellach River #2


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Odellach River #2 Covered Bridge, Victoria County, New Brunswick


The sound of the nearby mill is part of the personality of the bridge. A small distance away are the foundations for an old water mill.


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old mill foundation – Odellach River #2 Covered Bridge


Every covered bridge has a record of people who have visited. Some carve initials, some make brief statements, some draw. I know from finding my own initials 20 years after I left them, that these records persist.


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CT in the Odellach River #2 Covered Bridge


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CT and RF in the Odellach River #2 Bridge


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initials made with nails in the Odellach River #2 Covered Bridge


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how was the summer ‘orange’ ? … who was Laurel?


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who were the ‘Hillbilly Bikrs’ ?


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graffiti, names and initials left on a wall of the Odellach River #2 Covered Bridge


Odellach River #2 Covered Bridge

Beti from Australia … Hilary and Macey were BFFs … Destiny was here … FTW – ‘the Wu’


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some of the inner structure of the Odellach River #2 Covered Bridge, Victoria County, New Brunswick


Have you ever left your initials or a message for others to find?


Copyright 2015 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

November 30, 2015 at 7:09 am

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  1. Jane: Thanks for the photos and your comments. The bridge, unless it is saved somehow, will be gone soon. Your photos are good remembrances of the times and a different way of life. I have never seen a covered bridge on a interstate freeway. The initials are a part of that way of life and are precious for sure. They are a part of those times when you could take the time to enjoy a piece of history and have an urge to be a part of it. Wish I could be there and enjoy it in person but thanks to you I have the next best….your photos and comments. Thanks again. Bud

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    Bud Wasser

    December 1, 2015 at 4:43 am

    • Hi. Covered bridges are vulnerable … Most lost bridges are due to fire or flood. Our Department of Transportation has a good program for replacing timbers and re-roofing … Almost every bridge we visited show signs of maintenance in the last five to ten years. Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Jane


      jane tims

      December 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

  2. I’ve never seen initials made of nails before – how creative. I don’t ever remember leaving my initials or a message anywhere – my parents were strict about not touching other people’s property or public property, and the lesson has stuck with me. We don’t have any covered bridges in this part of Connecticut, but next time I see one I think I will stop and examine it closely.

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    Barbara Rodgers

    November 30, 2015 at 10:41 am

    • Hi Barbara. I’m certain you would enjoy a stop at any of these bridges. Interesting what you say about marking public property. I would never leave a mark on a building or other kind of bridge, but I have left my initials on covered bridges. It has to do with “‘norms’ I think. So many people have left their marks on these bridges, it becomes the normal thing to do! Enjoy your day! Jane


      jane tims

      November 30, 2015 at 12:02 pm

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