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This bridge will be relocated and reconstructed.
Found more interesting tidbits connected to this bridge. An article was published on the tornado that tore apart the bridge (and the surrounding communities) in the New York Times (!) on May 30, 1883. Here is an excerpt:
"At a point where a bridge crossed Eel River eight or ten persons, some of them being in a wagon, south shelter on the bridge. The bridge was shattered and men, women, wagon and mules went into the river together. Joseph Seeley and Mrs. Hay were killed outright and five persons were injured. The Mules escaped without a scratch."
This newspaper article was reproduced in a excellent little book titled "History of Patricksburg" by Joyce Van Dyke Skinner and Margie E. Byerly.
I will try to swing over there again soon and see if I can find the inscription and post some additional photos. I need to hit that area anyway to get additional pictures for my facebook page Bridging the Driftless. This site has been an incredible resource for me in my research for that page so anything I can do to help is a small thank you for all the work that has been put into it.
According to the local newspaper this bridge will be coming down sometime next week, the city is supposed to have an area set up for spectators.
This line isn't abandoned but is in fact railbanked for use as a future multi-use trail. Buffalo Pittsburgh Railroad still owns the line and retains the right to reactivate it for rail service. The rails were pulled in 2010. There currently is a feasibility study underway to evaluate the bridge for rehabilitation for pedestrian use for foot/bike traffic. It would be a major attraction in the area for rail fans and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the amazing vistas of the surrounding area and Cattaraugus Creek. For more information, visit: www.ecattrail.org
I was told this bridge was erected in another place, is this true? if so where, I grew up in a white house on the Washington Co. side of the river' If it was I would like to see it again
Oh lord, palm to face...
Using a timber truss to span 18-feet seems pretty ridiculous and for the low low price of $400K.
Not sure what to think about this thing, it looks as if you folks have the comments covered.
wow cool bridge dude
This bridge by the look of the photos looks well enough to be restored as a pedestrian bridge. The climate out in this area is much more drier than the eastern portions of Texas so there should be less rust damage.
Then I come along on some historic truss bridge Section 106 Review and am told a genuine historic bridge cannot be preserved because its "too expensive." This is ridiculous.
I hate to be That Guy, but it's Cape Girardeau, not Gerrado
I never knew him personally, though we occasionally exchanged info on bridges
I regret to inform anyone reading this. I came across an article saying that the state or whoever has changed their minds and is now going to DEMOLISH and replace this bridge once westbound is completed! This a crummy and disgusting course of action. Its current condition is fair and it could easily be rehabbed for three lanes eastbound! I sure will miss crossing this bridge when I drive to North Carolina. West Virginia hasn't been good with historic significant bridges. Two steel plate girders will cause stress.
It's beyond unbelievable that this bridge was allowed to remain open without considerable improvements.
All I know is that they spent about 380K too much on it.
Tony and Mike, you're both wrong. It's obviously a snow cone stand.
...Or pull your lawnmower out of it to cut the grass!
I have researched and read about so many bridge disasters I'm developing anxiety when I go across bridges.
Looks like you could pick up your photos while your are there...or maybe a chocolate shake.
Sounds like a great flick on "Shudder"!
When your HOA has more money than sense.
Seriously? They spent 400K on this???
They could've built a slab with a lid on it for a fraction of that... and it wouldn't have looked any worse. Wow!
The railroad's new owners "East Broad Top Foundation" have cleared undergrowth and had the bridge inspected, plan to run trains across this bridge within two years.
their facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/ebtrr
I think it will take an ongoing effort to turn things around. The county still isn't convinced but I think there is a chance.
I believe the railing is original. It did have accident damage which was 'improved' while it was off.
Most bridges I've encountered look really bad but are usually stronger than they appear. This one was the opposite. It is a minor miracle it hadn't collapsed under a grain truck.
As I am aware of what was done; rather than say, I'll make it a bridgehunter challenge: For those able to visit the bridge, see if you can figure out what was done and what is still needed (besides paint :^) ).
Did someone say Agua Fria? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzICMIu5zFY
I would assume they were reattached to the hangers on the verticals. Of course it offers no real protection to the truss members, but without a full rehabilitation and installation of a protective system that is the best that can be done.
Is the new inside "railing" welded to the bridge members? Was that their reinforcement?
There are photos of this bridge from the Brazoria County Historical Museum online. One of the photos described the bridge had collapsed due to erosion.
I couldn't agree more with you!
Dicks is on a secondary road with a low ADT Count, and I doubt if the county will be in any rush to reopen it. Barnard on the other hand carries a decent amount of traffic (I think the 170 count on it is wrong btw).
We proved to Putnam County way back in 2006 with the Hibbs Ford Bridge that restoring these bridges is more economical. But yet they still haven't grasped the concept. They have demolished with no replacement (Appleby Ford); abandoned (Pinhook); bypassed and abandoned (Sutherlin Ford); demolished and replaced (Crow's); and given away (Houck). They did do some work on the Cooper Bridge, but I've not seen it to know what it amounts to.
I greatly appreciate your help with the Barnard Bridge and can only hope that the light bulb goes on and the county steps up and does what they need to... with it and the few other metal trusses that remain!
I'm not sure about their priorities but unless Dick's is at risk removal, I'd rather see them actually fix this one first. The county promotes their covered bridges, it would be nice to add some trusses to the mix. If they proactively restored it, besides creating an attraction, their overall maintenance costs will go down.
I think doing so may demonstrate the benefit and help all of the bridges in the county.
Still heading in the right direction:
Public meeting scheduled to determine fate of Mine Road Bridge
By Mary Galioto -January 23, 2021
The future of the historic Mine Road Bridge in Hopewell Township is in jeopardy. The truss bridge, straddling the Stony Brook on Mine Road off of Route 31 in Hopewell Township, suffered some damage in recent years after a storm and has since been closed to all traffic. Mercer County proposes to replace the bridge with a brand new, much wider structure. The bridge, as built, has a 4-ton load rating. The County proposes a brand new bridge with a 40-ton load capacity. Hopewell Township will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, January 27 at 5pm, to discuss the Bridge’s future.
Erected in 1885, the Mine Road Truss Bridge is one of only two iron truss bridges that remain in Hopewell Township and is the only one in its original site. Originally manufactured by the King Iron Bridge Company, the bridge served a mine, for which the bridge and road are named, which was established after one of Hopewell’s original settlers, Roger Parke, discovered a nugget of silver. While no more silver was ever found during the Colonial period, the mine resumed in the nineteenth century extracting baryta, also known as white lead, according to Hopewell: A Historical Geography by Richard Hunter and Richard Porter.
The Hopewell Township Historic Preservation Commission (HTHPC) passed a Resolution in fall 2020 requesting that the County reconsider its plans to replace the historic Mine Road Truss Bridge, based on its deep local history and designation as a Township historic landmark. The Resolution was forwarded to the Hopewell Township Committee, which scheduled the public meeting to hear from residents.
One of the HTHPC commissioners, Anita Crane said: “It is an important symbol of bygone days when Mine Road linked farms, mines, and quarries along Stony Brook. Aesthetically, it sits in a small valley surrounded by farmland and wooded area. Standing on it, you can see through the iron webbed floor to the bubbling brook below that beckons trout fishing. To move this bridge to another location would compromise the beauty of the location and its historical significance for Hopewell Township and Mercer County.”
The HTHPC proposes that the County work in conjunction with the Township to rehabilitate the Mine Road Bridge, “using it to its greatest potential while preserving it as the last iron truss bridge remaining in situ in Hopewell Township.” Specifically, the HTHPC urges the County to either (a) conduct minor repairs of the Mine Road Bridge in order to bring it to safety standards for a 4-ton load rating; or (b) close the Mine Road Bridge permanently, leaving it as a pedestrian/ bicycle trail only.
The Township Committee will hold a public meeting to discuss the alternatives and listen to the community’s preferences for the future of this bridge on Wednesday, January 27 at 5pm. The agenda and Zoom link are posted in the Agenda Center on the Township website. At this meeting, the County will present the various options it is considering. The Township Committee encourages interested community members to voice their opinions at the meeting.
Public comment will be accepted at the meeting or by contacting Laurie Gompf, the Township Clerk, at email@example.com.
Related documents can be found here (Mercer County recommendations) and here (Hopewell Township Historic Preservation Commission Resolution.
Thanks Geoff, its fixed now!
Alright, Art! You are a barer of good news! Hope they can get Dicks Road bridge fixed now
A tidbit of good news.
Not any prettier but open:
The later post is the correct location, I'll try to delete the first one.
Wow, it appears this extremely rare lenticular pony truss has slipped under the radar all these years!
Toll free through January 31. Discounted $1 toll for all of February with EZPass/I-pass. Time for a little joyride on a very high bridge with a great view of steel mills and Lake Michigan.
Nice work Luke. Thank you.
I'm sure NIMBYism had a lot to do with killing it.
I was able to confirm that the reports of collapse were (fortunately) just rumors and that the bridge is indeed still standing (I wasn't able to get any pictures, hopefully in the near future). That being said, the northern/western arch is in severe danger of collapse, while the southern/eastern arch is mostly intact. I would hope that even if one arch fails the other one would remain standing, though this bridge really needs to be restored. There was talk about running a pedestrian/bicycle trail through here at one time, as this alignment is historic as one of the oldest horse and carriage routes in New England. I'm not sure if anything ever became of that.
It sure sounds like they plan on keeping the northbound which is the older of the two. Interesting decision if not an error in reporting. Maybe the newer one becomes a party venue!
This article makes it sound like the rare surviving 1930s Modjeski and Masters cantilever truss might be spared demolition.
Here's a video I rcently did about the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuW4jzz6w8U
Is this bridge for sale still or has it been rehabbed?
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Just posted a new listing for the RR-Bridgeport Rd Overpass. I see that in Google Maps, that line is not even shown. Can you research, cause you seem to be good at it, and adjust the Railroad name? That would be helpful. Thanks.
If it's any help, the Missouri Pacific/Flint Hills Nature Trail Bridge was onthe Council Grove Branch at Milepost 345.3. It doesn't appear to be one of the ones posted on BridgeHunter.
Hi I am an Architect in North Carolina, I am looking for a bulky riveted steel column/girder at least 9'long, preferrably 14-18" square. can anyone help me with a source? thank in advance for your help.
It would show up in a track chart under that number, and I don't know if MoPac is one of the lines that lists their build dates in their track charts.
Is there anyway to lookup the history of a bridge if I have its bridge number?
It is an old railroad bridge and it is either:3453 or 3A53. I believe it is most likely 3453.
It is located on the Flint Hills Nature Trail near Rantoul, KS. The placard that had the date has either fallen off or been taken.
Just a cool old bridge.
Doug, YouTube videos are copyrighted content.
Tom, I don't know if Royce still lurks the forums, so it'd probably be best to message him at roycehaley111 @ yahoo dot com
I would like to know if I can use this picture without incurring any copy right issues?
Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in July 2016
BH Photo #359332
very unique bridge you have there
This is a very unique and interesting bridge.
very pretty i like it
i love to walk on these types of bridges!
this looks super cool!
good work on the photos!
they turned out good.
i love old things and this is really good,
i might even hang it up on my wall.
this cool bridge i like bridge
Bridge is now open to traffic
1. The information in the description of this bridge, as found in the New Jersey Historic Bridge Data for Hunterdon County,is attributed to Victor C. Darnell (Darnell, p. 85). This is incorrect. Darnell is cited as a bibliographical source, and pertains only to information concerning the Smith Bridge Company (Directory Of American Bridge-Building Companies 1840-1900)
2. Smith Bridge Company WAS a "smaller company", as was Massillon Bridge, when compared to larger companies of the time such as Kellogg and King, for example. While Darnell has no information for Smith, shop capacities in the year 1894 were: Massillon, 6.0 tons; Kellogg, 26 tons; King, 18 tons. By 1903, Kellogg was out of business, bu King's capacity had increased to 30 tons, while Massillon was at 8 tons. (information from Darnell)
3. Smith sold the company in 1890 to Toledo Bridge Company, who in turn sold it to the American Bridge Company in 1901.
If the information about the Point Mountain Road Bridge from Hunterdon County data is correct, then a build date of 1905 is possible. Quoting from the NJ Data page, "Smith, however, went back into business as Smith Bridge Company. How much past 1905 the small operation continued is not known." Darnell is silent on this point. There are several bridges on BH built after 1890 attributed to Smith. Are they correct? Who knows?
I was half asleep, last night and posted links to pictures of this bridge on the wrong bridge page. Glad I checked it out, this morning, lol.
Several postcards from the era including the ones on this site:
Original iron bridge lattice railings removed and now are used as "KEEP OUT" fences
Possible video here: https://youtu.be/T2-ErA8o_00
I am deeply saddened to hear this. I never knew James personally, but only through his work on this website.
Pretty sure the netting has only been under the bridge for the past 5-7 years.
Here's a video I recently did about the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv_SqVeIn8E
Such a project is underway, but there's a lot of NIMBYism from farmers trying to stop it, complete with the same bad-faith arguments you hear from NIMBYs in the city.
By looking at the satellite photos after the fire, there appears minimal damage to the bridge. With it three tunnels and two impressive bridges, converting the abandoned Rock Island line into a rail to trail would certainly rival the popularity of the Katy Trail.
This bridge is going straight to hell. Needs repair, paint, whatnot.
Two bridges are confused here. The Big Four bridge was on the Peoria & Eastern RR, now gone. The Monon bridge was on the Monon RR and still carries CSX trains over Sugar Creek. It is not open to pedestrian traffic.
Bridge only stood at this location for about 16 years before it was replaced (That bridge was also replaced in 2007). A gentleman in Canada bought it and moved it there as a toll bridge for logging use.
What about this one ?
It is now.
Is this location right ?
Fond memories of when my Uncle Bill(Carl)Helvey and Aunt Boots owned that pavilion across this bridge. They had the bar and it had pool tables and a dance hall where many bands played and the folks that were camping also the locals would come to listen and dance. I remember horses being tied up to the posts that held the pavilion up so when the river flooded the water wouldn’t get in it. Thinking my uncle sold that early 80’s.
I wonder who the builder was
I surely hope they do something with this! It would definitely look cool as the centerpiece in a park or a secondary access road in a town.
Quite a cool looking bridge! Similar in build to the Mayer road bridge in Warrick County.
A bit less authentic than its counterpart in the county with partial steel framing underneath, but still a cool bridge nonetheless!
Gotta love it. Honestly this is one of my favorite bridges, just because of authenticity and location. It’s a very peaceful bridge.
It’s a neat little bridge, glad to see it there.
Love the bridge, always a joy to see! A bit serene at night.
This is a very interesting overpass because it has sod on the verge outside the guard rails. It appears to be constructed with a gravel roadbed over the concrete frame with grass planted in the unpaved areas. I would very much like to know who developed this unique design and whether it's in use elsewhewre.
Here's a link to a video I recently did on the Red Arrow Highway Bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDURkXpbYf4
Reportedly, Canadian National is looking at selling 850 miles of low density track in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario. The line between Wausau and Tomahawk is to be sold. This line is not particularly heavily used, so the future is cloudy for this route.
Reportedly, Canadian National is looking at selling 850 miles of low density track in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario. The line between Marengo Jct (WI) and White Pine, MI seems to be on the sale block as well. This includes not only this bridge, but the two massive viaducts in Wisconsin and some smaller viaducts as well. This line has been out of service for some time, so the future looks mighty bleak for this particular line..
Reportedly, Canadian National is looking at selling 850 miles of low density track in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario. Reportedly, the line between Green Bay and Denmark is up for sale. There is at least two customers along this line to the south/east of this bridge in Bellevue and Denmark, both of which seem to some level of rail service still in use.
Reportedly, Canadian National is looking at selling 850 miles of low density track in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario. This line between Appleton and Combined Locks, including several bridges in this area, are reportedly on the sale block. Currently, this line only serves a couple of customers. I do not know what will happen to this line if no buyer can be found, but it seems likely that this swing bridge would be in some danger.
Reportedly, Canadian National is looking at selling 850 miles of low density track in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario. The line between Appleton and Manawa, including this bridge, is on the sale block. The crossings have already been paved over near Manawa as of 2016. I am not sure what will happen to the route if it is not sold to a new operator, although seeing as trails are established in Manawa and New London, that could be a possible future.
Here's a video I recently did on the Red Arrow Highway Bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv_SqVeIn8E
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Hello, I have been looking for any info on this bridge. There is a small sign saying Built by prison labor, 1913.
I can't find any info online about it.
Thanks for "re-posting" this pic Mike!
My info on the other photo was incorrect as I found it to be the Old Red CB that was West of Huntington over the Wabash.
This bridge replaced an old railroad bridge that had been converted to handle vehicular traffic. The old bridge was removed when Hwy 155 was constructed in the late 70s/early 80s. The old bridge was mere feet to the west of the current bridge.