Photographing Spencerville’s Covered Bridge to Help Pay Repairs

By Max Resnik

October 11, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM EDT

SPENCERVILLE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A DeKalb County native is taking photographs of the Spencerville Covered Bridge and plans to sell the pieces on her Facebook page to raise money to donate to the restoration effort.

Lisa Hadley, who works for the Indiana Department of Transportation and has a photography business on the side, says she got the idea to take the photos and raise the money from a friend.

“A friend had suggested to me to take pictures and then if I sell some photos, donate those funds to helping the repair of the bridge."

It is a small gesture towards what it going to be a major repair. Initial estimates on the damage exceeded $100,000. Don Kaufman, vice president of the DeKalb County Commissioners, says that estimate is now $89,000. He says the damages are expected to be paid for by the county’s insurance and the insurance of the man who tried to drive his semi-truck through the bridge on September 26.

Gerard Hudson, 46, of Waukegan, Illinois, remains in jail in DeKalb County on a criminal mischief charge for the incident.

Hadley, like dozens of other DeKalb County residents, was shocked by Hudson’s attempt to drive through the bridge. Police documents say Hudson used the route, approximately 100 yards from an uncovered bridge intended for semi-trucks, because his GPS told him to use it. Hudson’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 28.

“I felt kind of sick actually. I couldn't believe that someone would try to drive a truck across it but saddened actually,” says Hadley.

Hadley, who returned to the Leo area two years ago, spent the previous 26 years in California. Her move there came after joining the Air Force. Hadley says she can remember going to the bridge as a child with her parents. She says she remembers being told stories about the bridge’s place in DeKalb County history. She also says a decades-old photograph, currently in her parent’s home, includes the bridge and reminds Hadley of how important the structure is to the DeKalb County community.

"I know my parents have a large photo hanging in their home with my mom's car parked in front of this bridge that my dad took probably 20 or 25, 30 years ago."

Hadley will post the photographs on her Facebook page, which can be found at L. Hadley Photography. She says she hopes to make her favorite shots available for sale next week and will include size and frame options. If possible, she says she would like to raise $1,000 for the bridge.

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