Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Graffiti of Madison County


The covered bridges were neat to see with all their history, especially the three that were still in their original locations on the back roads of Madison county. But I have to admit, they all looked almost identical in the way they were built and after seeing one, there wasn't a lot to do at the rest other than to photograph their locations to document that you had been there. I suppose that is why people resort to graffiti in their effort to document their visit to the bridges. The heavy interior planks were scarred with old words and initials that had been carved into the over the years and weathered until they were virtually unreadable. So in order to stem the removal of wood to carve initials, the care takers of the bridges had lined the first eight or ten feet of each bridge's interior walls at each entrance with smooth wooden boards that they then painted white to encourage people to leave their mark their in a non-destructive manner. Judging by the dates, I would guess that every year before the covered bridge festival in October, they were repainted to allow more people to leave their mark. It seemed to work well. So after taking my pictures and looking out over the creeks and watching the rain, really the only thing to do was to read the graffiti and see what people had to say. There were hundreds of unoriginal '[name] was here' and 'for a good time call...' but there were a few that caught my eye and they are posted below:














4 comments:

sage said...

I love your title and am now curious about girls from Iowa City :)

R. Sherman said...

Man has always desired to leave his/her mark on things. There's graffiti at the base of El Morro National Monument etched by Spanish explorers in the 16th Century, Ditto for the Jewish defenders of Masada in A.D. 70, so we shouldn't be surprised.

Vince said...

or this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hagia-sofia-viking.jpg

warren said...

I hate graffiti until it becomes a lot and then I sort of love it...esp the one "someone peed here" Genius and thanks for the heads up!