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Local author Kathy Heicher to discuss new book, ‘The Bridges of Eagle County’

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Local journalist and historian Kathy Heicher will discuss her newest book, “The Bridges of Eagle County,” at The Bookworm of Edwards on Thursday, May 19.
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If you go …

What: Kathy Heicher discusses her book “The Bridges of Eagle County.”

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards, 295 Main St., Riverwalk at Edwards.

Cost: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the store or online.

More information: Visit www.bookwormofedwards.com, or call 970-926-7323.

EDWARDS — Bridges are not the first artifacts that come to mind when most people consider local history. Yet these river-spanning structures provide some surprising insights into a community’s early days.

“The Bridges of Eagle County,” a new book by local journalist and historian Kathy Heicher, tells a story of pioneer ingenuity, local ambition and long-ago politics. Each historic bridge, ranging from the 1890 timber-and-iron structure across the Grand (Colorado) River at State Bridge to the magnificent, Great Depression-era steel arch at Red Cliff, tells a story.

“Bridges are a physical record of an evolving mountain county whose leaders were determined to show their commitment to progress,” Heicher said.

The author will discuss her book during a special visit to The Bookworm of Edwards today at 6 p.m.

The book is about much more than bridges. Anecdotal stories introduce readers to some of the county’s early pioneers and their determination to keep up with the demands of an automobile-loving public. Heicher utilizes a combination of artwork and historic maps, postcards and photographs to illustrate the book.

“The Bridges of Eagle County” is the third local history book written by Heicher, who also serves as president of the Eagle County Historical Society. The book may be purchased at The Bookworm of Edwards.