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This covered bridge over the South River in Conway, Massachusetts, is one of many such bridges built in Massachusetts and other states in New England in the 19th century. Made of wood, they often protected travelers on horseback or in open carriages from bad weather and were thought to be romantic since they gave privacy on a public road. Both the bridge, built in 1871, and the c.1800 house in the distance are still in place, but bridge use is now limited to foot traffic. The photographer was Clifton Johnson (1865-1940).