- Cullman, Alabama

May 21, 2013

Couple honored for work on Clarkson Bridge

By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — It was all Cullman County Parks manager Doug Davenport could do to get Ron and Julie Buker to the Cullman County Commission meeting last week.

But after a bit of friendly arguing, he got them there.

“They said they’re not doing it for a certificate, but I felt like they needed to be recognized,” Davenport told the commission.

During the opening minutes of the meeting, the commission recognized the Buker’s and presented them with a certificate of appreciation for volunteer work done at the Clarkson Bridge Park. According to Davenport, he couldn’t begin to count the hours the Buker’s had put in at the park, but said it had to be close to at least 500.

“They work about 8-10 hours a day, and some on Sundays,” he said. “If you go over there, they’re on their hands and knees pulling up ivy around the rock ledges. They’ve done a wonderful job, and it’s no credit to me. I felt like they needed to be recognized for their hard work.”

Julie Buker said she and her husband had been interested for a while in helping clean up the park, but finally got the all clear toward the end of March to do so.

“It’s just been wonderful,” she said. “We were surprised we were going to be recognized. We didn’t do this for the recognition, but it make you feel good that the work is noticed. We get our reward in just seeing the way that it looks.”

Cullman County Commission Chairman Kenneth Walker commended the Buker’s for their work.

“We appreciate your hard work, and your volunteering,” Walker said. “It’ looks really good. We appreciate that.”

The park is site to the historic Clarkson Covered Bridge. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Clarkson Covered Bridge was constructed in 1904. At 270 feet in length, it’s the only remaining covered bridge in Cullman County.

* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at