The Crawford County Historic Preservation Commission (CCHPC) booth at the Crawford County Fair this week will focus on the bridges of Crawford County.
“We’re doing this because we have some bridges on the National Register of Historic Places that we want to promote,” said Christy Rickers, CCHPC secretary.
“We’re losing a lot of these older bridges. They’ve come to the end of their useful lives and we want to focus on them because they are disappearing rapidly.”
The bridges have served the public well over the decades and deserve public recognition, she said.
The CCHPC booth is on the south end of the Varied Industries Building.
“We’re going to have some informational posters about some of the older bridges in the county and some that aren’t even in existence anymore,” Rickers said.
Several of the commission members have made posters for the booth.
CCHPC member Amy Pieper has put together a display about bridge failures over the years and several about the county bridge crew.
“We will have a little area where kids or adults can put together popsicle sticks to make a bridge, if they like,” Rickers said.
A photo backdrop has been a popular feature of past CCHPC fair displays, and, with a little luck, the CCHPC will have one this year.
Rickers ordered a river backdrop, but it had not arrived as of Monday.
If it does show up, she will put together a small garden bridge on which people may stand for a photo opportunity with the river scene in the background.
She has a railroad bridge backdrop that will be used if the river backdrop doesn’t show up.
Rickers said she hopes people will stop by and learn about the bridges of Crawford County.
“I want people to recognize these incredible parts of our infrastructure and recognize that they’re disappearing,” she said.
“I would ask that when people are out driving around to count how many bridges and culverts they drive over - and then they’ll realize what an important part of our community and our history bridges have been.”