The Bridges of Madison County

Roseman BridgeTwo weekends ago we took a family trip to Iowa for a memorial service. Because the daughters and husbands came along, we extended the weekend and in our extra day, we drove the 45 minutes from Des Moines to Winterset, Iowa. Winterset, the county seat of Madison County, is famous for being the birthplace of John Wayne and a collection of covered bridges.

In the days of film cameras, we had toured some of the bridges, but thought it might be time to have another look-see.

These bridges were made famous by a book called The Bridges of Madison County back in the 1990s. I had read the book (and later saw the movie), so we made sure our daughter took a photo of us kissing on the Roseman Bridge. We then reenacted this scene, and here are the earlier and later photos. If you are paying attention, you can see that these photos were on opposite ends of the bridge.

This time around we visited three of the bridges – the one in the city park (the Cutler-Donahoe), the Roseman and the Holliwell. The Cedar Bridge was recently burned down, so we didn’t check that one out.

Each bridge is filled with graffiti, most of it with hearts and sentimental offerings.

The weather, being July in Iowa, was pretty hot, so we saw a few people playing in the rivers.




2 thoughts on “The Bridges of Madison County

  1. So glad that you and Hal and your daughters & their husbands had a chance to go see “The Bridges of Madison County” that were, as you said, made popular by the movie of the same name in the 1990’s. How interesting it is that the bridges are now filled with graffiti that includes hearts & sentimental comments. Once again you have made it possible for someone now to make that trip with all of you! Thank you so very much!!!


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