Clark Center is barely a town, as it features just a handful of homes and what looks like a warehouse. But the original US 40 and National Road alignment runs right through it, the 1920s brick road having been paved over with asphalt at some point. This stretch lasts but a mile, but you really should pull off and drive it just so you can see this covered bridge. It’s actually just a modern steel-stringer bridge with a wooden cover, but it’s neat nonetheless.
Speaking of neat, I’d like to know what qualifies as a “neat creature.” Covered bridges – real ones, with timber trusses and decks – were common on the National Road in the 1800s. After the US government turned the road over to the states through which it ran, it became a toll road in many places. I suppose there would even have been toll bridges along the old pike. That’s what this sign hearkens back to.
Margaret, my travel companion, photographed me while I photographed the bridge. I’m outstanding in my field!