More than any other landmark, the Covered Bridge is the one thing most quickly associated with Frankenmuth, Michigan. The bridge stretches 239 feet across the Cass River to connect the festival grounds to the Main Street shopping area in the heart of town. Plans for the holz brucke (wood bridge) began to be drawn up by the Zender brothers Eddie and William as early as 1962 but construction did not begin until January of 1980. Finished and dedicated in the fall of that year, the Frankenmuth Covered Bridge has been crossed by millions of both on foot and by car.
“My family has traveled to Frankenmuth many times on vacation and I have often gotten up at before dawn to get the best photos of the area in the best light. There are always cars or people crossing the bridge so the best way to try and get an image free of both visitors and harsh shadows was to get there as the sun was rising in the east. This image is the result and I’m quite pleased with it.” – Brian Kurtz