Listen: Honey Run Bridge, Honey Run Bridge Association, Oregon discussed on Pat Walsh
"Good Wednesday evening to you. Bridges with forced all them who is here to talk about the Honey run covered bridge apparently burned in paradise and the campfire. And fortunately, yes, sir. Has a book out about bridges that were built prior to the nineteen hundreds and another book that he's planning that's going to the royalties are gonna go to benefit the I guess the victims of the campfire some of the ones they may not. I mean, let's just say high school kid for some reason insurance doesn't by his trombone. Right. Okay. By that form down the in something like, you know, things like that. I don't know how many worlds is there really even be. But you know, I'm hoping there's enough to do some kind of help up there down the road. And there are covered bridges here in Sacramento. I know there's one out there on sunrise. It's as you pointed out to me off here. It's Oxbridge winding way. Actually, it's a covered bridge and you help build that your dang straight ahead on. I was a carpenter back in the eighties and the contractors working for we got the project to poor the footing for that bridge. And that was you know, about twenty or thirty days long, and we formed it up poured it waited for the concrete to dry pulled the forms and went away from it. And then go forward to two thousand five two thousand eight something like that. When I was wandering around trying to take pictures of all the covered bridges in California, which is a minimum of eighty five by the way, most people don't even know there's one, but I'm wondering around taking these pictures, and I come to that one on the list, and I look at it and go this looks familiar. I've worked on the footing on this. So that was kinda cool to kind of come round all circle around on that one in the fact that it's covered. Yup. I it's not I don't know. But you tell me, but it's not so much in some of these cases that they still need to have those covers because it keeps the integrity of the bridge. But as you mentioned, but aesthetically pleasing. A number of wineries have some very nice looking covered bridges on them. To get across some creeks or whatever to access the other sites. They can have a tasting room and things like that. Some of the bridges are pretty obscures some of them, you wouldn't even know it was a covered bridge, but you've probably been on it and don't even know it. Disneyland has three of them. I believe. Let's go to rocky rocky. Are you there? Rocky. You're on the wall show four stole them. First of all I wanted to do. Louis bridges over Madison County, encouraged you at all. You know, I never saw that movie. This is just sort of a kind of involved. Yeah. Just sort of evolved from just looking for something. Strange to take pictures of. My niche sorry, go ahead. My next question was. What about railroads? Do. They have covered bridges or all those just snow sheds. You know, I don't know. I don't know of any covered bridges around here that are for railroads. But that doesn't mean that there aren't any. But I know back in the east there's probably a number of them that are there like that seems to me there's a couple of an Oregon Oregon followed suit with California because of the gold rush. There was a gold. Rush up in Oregon, also, and there's actually quite a number of covered bridges in Oregon too that I plan on possibly getting up and kind of learning something about I mean, this process has been one wonderful process for me, not only to talk to people in the neighborhoods and stuff, but the just all the history of learned from it and everything I'd encourage anybody to get out there and just pick a couple of go, check them out and Alan, and there's a lot of them out there, you probably don't even know exist. There's one in Yosemite that I call the most seen in the most forgotten covered bridge because once you've seen that bridge you end up going into your brain all the other stuff is the gateway to the beautiful stuff. And you're missing what you're. Right. I love the scene that I I was just up there in Ferguson fire. Didn't see that won't you. Go to wellness right across the street from the there's like a little gas station store right there. Yeah. I was stationed there. Yeah. Walked across the street. Yup. Right on. It's right there. Most scene. You got right. Thanks rock. Most seen we remembered. Rocky lived across the street from it. Then remember? As a lift driver. You say you're you have stories you're up there. You're going up there during the time of the fire and trying to help out you hearing strange actually picked picked up three people two gals and a guy and one gal sat in the front seat next to me. And the guy in the back. He says, you're left driver. Tell us a story. I'm sure Marc knows that thing. Yeah. Yeah. What's the strangest thing that's ever happened ever lost their cookies in your car, actually? I got a story for you. And I started talking about the fire, and that is writing a book and writing a book about the covered bridge and everything and the gallon of France. She she goes the Honey run covered bridge, and I go. Yeah. It burned down. And she goes no says. Yeah. So I happen to have just a piece of paper that had a couple of photos on I can show it here on the Facebook thing here, and I showed it to her Facebook live here, and that's me. So I can put it up there for better. I handed it to her. She looked at it. And immediately started crying and reminiscing telling about how she lived in Chico for three years going to Chico state, and she was reminiscent about the fact that she wanted to go see that that bridge and never got a chance to do it. And she literally cried for ten minutes. And I was I did everything I could not cry myself. Th there's so much loss from up there. And I, you know, I don't want to be a Downer on this show. It's about loss. It's it is a Downer thing, it's just a real. It's a real Downer. We lost this bridge. I ended up just giving her that piece of paper with those photos on here, you keep it then I reprinted another one. So that I could you know, use it and the other stuff I was doing stuff it was it was an amazing bridge that bridge. I don't know of any other bridge that has multiple levels first roofs. That one had a a roof that was short on the one end tall in the middle. And then short on the other end. And most most of the bridges they just made a common just one one roof across same level all the way across. And in terms of I mean, it's it's, you know, the place where it sat was pretty one side. You can see one side is is nice rusty red kind of a it's beautiful. The other side is is a is that gray weathered grey and all the bridges for some reason on the east side seemed to have that weathered grey to them in the west side seems to have a better weathering and in terms of stays the color stays a little bit better. Just kind of an interesting thing about the bridge. It must be something to do with the way. The sun goes across when weather and everything are we gonna see once all is said and done, and we hope that everyone who has been affected by the campfire or any of these fires it can rebuild and get back on the feet again and get things going again. What are the chances? We're going to see the Honey run covered bridge back where they will they build that again. Okay. It's servive the threat of a fire a number of years ago. And because of that it was decided they were going to build a bridge further upstream that was a regular concrete bridge, and they would tear down the Honey run bridge. One organization got together a bunch of people, and I believe it's called the Honey run bridge association. And they basically saved the bridge. I believe it's it's in private hands at this point. Now, they still exist. I don't know how much money they have. But I do not how to big impact on a lot of people, and they may just rebuild that bridge. And if so I'll do what I can to contribute in and out of these royalties and stuff to it may not be, you know, the vast majority, but some. I hope they can do that. I certainly hope they can do that. We're talking with forced old ham who wrote the book on the bridge covered bridges in America built before nine thousand nine hundred as we talk about the Honey run covered bridge. We will continue our conversation with forest. Here's some more of these stories and stories of helping people in the."