Roseman Covered Bridge

fifth in series of Bridges of Madison County

fifth in series of Bridges of Madison County

Roseman Bridge  was built by Benton Jones across the Middle River several miles southwest of Winterset, Iowa. It remains in its original setting.  It is 107 feet in length. The Roseman Bridge was renovated in 1992 at a cost of $152,515. It was chosen as one of the main settings for the movie The Bridges of Madison County in 1994, but since it had recently been renovated the bridge looked too spiffed up. The movie company sent a crew to “age” the covered bridge for the movie, and according to contract, they “un-aged” it after the movie was completed.

The Roseman is the bridge most people associate with the book and movie. This is the bridge Robert Kincaid searches for when he stops at Francesca Johnson’s farmhouse for directions. It is also where Francesca leaves her note inviting Kincaid to dinner.

built 126 years ago

built 126 years ago

Every autumn the citizens of Madison County hold the Covered Bridge Festival. It has become a tradition for over 30 years. Each year on the second full weekend in October, county residents gather in autumn to celebrate the historic covered bridges. The festival features old-time craft demonstrations by local artisans, a wide variety of food, music and entertainment, an antique vehicle parade, tours of the bridges. Check out the festival plans for October 8 and 9, 2009.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Very nice Bo, love the top image…

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  2. I never saw the movie but I love the lines on the bridge.

  3. From what I’ve seen in your photos, those gorgeous bridges are well worth celebrating!

  4. I really did recognize it.. and then I felt kind of like “hey, Lori your a nerd because you knew what that was..” ahh Oh well. Fabulous book, great movie not your greatest photograph but still very pretty.

  5. suehenryphotography says:

    The top image is perhaps my favorite (photographically speaking) of the series you have presented.

  6. I love that you catalogued it Bo. (I can completely relate to that need…. hell, sometimes it’s my personal curse.) 😉 If I lived where you do I wouldn’t pass them up either.

  7. nice series of photos.

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