During the 1940 and 50s, the bridge had some structural problems that required a lot of work. This is a fairly busy bridge and having it tied up with maintenance was not ideal. The townspeople voted to replace the bridge with a new steel bridge.
Well, this would not do. The bridge is a favorite of photographers and painters because of it’s positioning with the church next to it and the hills behind them. There was an outcry that resulted in the state coming in to help save the bridge.
The bridge was built in 1862. In the 1890s, flood waters washed out a pier in the center of the bridge and washed the entire bridge downstream. Teams of oxen were used to haul the bridge back and set it on new stone piers.