|Cumberland Covered Bridge in Matthews, Indiana over the Mississinewa River|
This bridge floated down the Mississinewa River back in the Flood of 1913. It was damaged and even recovering the wood from it was going to be a daunting task, but the good people of Matthews, Indiana endeavored to do more than that--they brought it back with mules and logs, re-establishing it back in it's proper place! What an amazing task this was. But how many people actually know about their determination? It isn't even common knowledge in our county, much less elsewhere.
What's more, this bridge is still in use and every second weekend in September, there is a Covered Bridge Festival in Matthews because it still looks magnificent in strength and beauty--a testament to the resilience we possess.
I was getting really discouraged by the selfish attitudes I was seeing in the news, in the looting/stealing of goods, by what the press says the American people want, but this little trip to Matthews--in my backyard--gave me hope that there are still people who are caring and good among us. Don't be discouraged by the negative and entitlement-possessed people who seem to all have their own shows on TV. Get out and see what real people do when need be--people who go quietly along helping each other like it's just a given with generous hearts and lives.
|This photo is on the display at the bridge depicting the Flood of 1913|
|The men of Matthews who righted the bridge after the flood|
|The display at the bridge of how the Cumberland Bridge was brought back after the flood of 1913|
|From inside the bridge|
|Cars, trucks...and motorcycles still use the bridge|
|The Mississinewa River on a calm, November day in 2012|