Clint Eastwood had a major hit some years back with a movie called “The Bridges of Madison County.” In the movie he went around taking pictures of the covered bridges of that county and had a romantic interlude with a local housewife played by Meryl Streep.
I had a similar adventure taking photographs of the bridges in Monroe County. Clint and I took pictures of covered bridges in a county named after a President and both counties started with the letter “M.” That’s about as far as the similarities go.
I’m not a professional photographer, which my photos can easily prove. I also failed to have a romantic interlude with any of the local married women. First, I don’t think my wife, who was with me at the time, would have thought it was romantic. Secondly, I don’t look like Clint Eastwood.
Still, the bridges are well-worth seeing and they have interesting stories behind them, which you can read more about on www.MonroeCo.WVyourWay.com. The Laurel Creek Bridge is the smallest remaining covered bridge in West Virginia. The bridge is also still in use, so you can drive across it.
The Indian Creek Covered Bridge was built by two teenagers in the early 1900’s. Pause and let that sink in for a moment. I was a teenager four decades ago and I can’t say that I ever came across any teenagers in all the decades between that could have built a covered bridge. That’s a pretty cool accomplishment. (That’s a little 70’s lingo to prove how old I am.)
Oh, and as a disclaimer, I did not take the photos in this article of the bridges. They look way too nice; therefore, they could not have possibly been taken by me.
So go to www.MonroeCo.WVyourWay.com and click on the “Tourism” heading and then scroll down and check the “Covered Bridges” keyword. At the bottom of the page narrow your search to Monroe County and hit the “Search” button to find the bridges of Monroe County.
If you want to start an argument in West Virginia, the best way to do so is to start talking hot dogs. After all, is it chili or sauce that goes on a hot dog? Does a true West Virginia hot dog have to include slaw? Is it really a hot dog if no condiments are put on it? The best part of any argument; though, is who has the best hot dogs in the state?
My personal choice was always the Clendenin DQ hot dog. You see, my relatives lived near Clendenin and as a kid whenever we went to visit them the treat of the trip was to get hot dogs at the Clendenin Dairy Queen. Never mind that my brother-in-law said they tasted like a wet paper bag. To me, they were heaven.
New River Citgo
Hinton Dairy Queen
Then, in June, the floods hit and the Clendenin DQ was destroyed and the word on the street is it will not be rebuilt. I am now in search of the new best hot dog in the state of West Virginia. I’ve had hot dogs all over this state and I must say that there are some delicious hot dogs out there. Which begs the question…
Who has the best hot dog in West Virginia?
King Tut Drive-In
Since I’ve not had a hot dog at every hot dog place in the state, then I’m going to ask you what you think. I’ll include some of the good places I know about, and I’m also going to include some of the places I’ve heard about, but haven’t yet the opportunity to sample.
If your favorite hot dog venue isn’t included in the poll, please let me know about them in the comments section so I can possibly include them in a new poll.