Text Box: “Bridgeport Covered Bridge, California”
Production Year:  2003
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Recipients will be given a specifically numbered print of a limited edition of only 200 Prints that are personally signed and numbered by the artist.  In addition, recipients will receive a signed “Certificate of Authenticity” that includes the following information from the artist:
	Bridgeport had its beginnings when Urias and Manuel Nye built a trading post there in 1849. The small camp was first known as Nyes Landing and was not destined for greatness, as little mining occurred in the area.  The settlement later came to be known as Bridgeport for this massive wood-arch covered bridge that was built to replace an earlier toll bridge.
      In 1853, the California Legislature authorized "Turnpike Companies" to operate as a means for newly formed county governments to build or maintain roads and bridges. The local County Boards of Supervisors approved tolls charged by these companies. The Bridgeport Covered Bridge was originally part of the Virginia Turnpike Company toll road which served as an essential route for the stage coaches and wagon trains carrying supplies to the miners and others at French Corral and up through the northern mines to Nevada's Comstock lode.
      In 1862, David Ingerfield John Wood constructed the shake-covered arch bridge across the South Fork of the Yuba River, transporting all materials from his mill in Plum Valley, in nearby Sierra County. It is the longest single span covered bridge in the United States.  Portal to portal it measures 233 feet, with a distance between piers of 208 feet.  The unique design was apparently taken from a plan prepared by Theodore Burr for a bridge constructed in 1804, across the Hudson River and patented in 1817.
      The type of construction is unique:  A Howe truss with an auxiliary Burr arch. The arch is visible from the outside as well as the inside, consisting of two five by fourteen inch timbers bolted together, compressing between them the members of the truss.  This combination, made from local Douglas Fir, and resting on massive granite blocks, has endured the weight of a 13 tons without excessive strain. The Sugar Pine shake roofing and exterior walls protect the timber from severe weather conditions.  
      I was inspired to paint this historic landmark covered bridge while meditating on the words of Peter from his first Biblical letter, chapter 4, verse 8, which states,
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
And what greater love is there than that which the Lord Jesus demonstrated for us!  He “covered” the penalty of our sin in order for us to freely cross over from spiritual death to Eternal Life.  He “bridges” the gulf that once separated us from enjoying a relationship with God the Father.  Jesus tells us in John 14:6, 
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”
      Paul clearly states in Romans 6:23, that those who are in bondage to a condition of sin, resulting in separation from God, may come to personally know God through the gift freely offered to all through the work of His Son, the Lord Jesus:  
“…For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
       I hope you enjoy your print.  It is my prayer that all who look upon this print will come to know our Lord Jesus Christ more fully as they experience the joy of walking closely with Him.  With grateful Love in our Lord Jesus Christ, who offers to all the free gift of Eternal Life,

Nick Vogt
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