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What was the address of the toll house back in the day. My dad says it was way up at 410 Penn ave. (chicken Supreme). I think that is incorrect as it is about a mile from the bridge.
There is a photo of this bridge in an old issue of Industrial Archeology from 1978: https://books.google.com/books?id=5bm6AAAAIAAJ&q=Wailua+Rive...
Thanks for this bridge add, John. Constant aggravation over the years trying to figure out this spot with the extant composite bridge, and the 2 sets of abutments within a few 100 yards east of that, no photos known of those old bridges....weird how this RR bridge expansion occurred in 1929, but was then closed same year?
Thanks,Geoff.That answers that question.It was driving me nuts looking for the tunnels.
Tom,i live in Reading Pa and have seen U-P locomotives hooked up with N/S locomotives so I don't know why this is.Could be lease agreements or a number of other things.
I first visited this bridge in the early 2000s - somewhere around 2003, I think. At that time, this was the only bridge at this location - but there were pylons to the east.
I've added the two railroad bridges that crossed here as well as the following information I found on them. It looks like both were railroad alignments. The set closest to the road was a newer alignment of the ATSF, built 1969. The eastern set are from the original alignment and truss bridge.
It appears that the 1897 span of the truss bridge has the same plan number listed as three others on the eastern division, listed below. This seems to indicate that this span was identical to the other trusses. I have not been able to find further information on the 1929 span. It is possible that it was moved here, or erected new at this location. Unfortunately, the bridge records rarely differentiate and just give an erection date.
The AT&SF Atchison Sub crossed here, from USGS maps most likely the piers just east of the highway bridge.
All I can confirm is that it would indeed have been a railroad bridge, removed somewhere between 1991 and 2006 (the options on HA aren't great here).
Satellite photo shows this current bridge, with 2 old sets of abutments just to the east of it within a few 100 yds have there been 3 bridges here? With the current one being the newest? None of them look like old railroad alignments.... would like to have some more info on these
George- The 1955 USGS map shows 2 tunnels south of the bridge, but they are gone in the 1969 revision.
Not sure but the profile looks like CBW. In light of the Honesdale Main Street bridges being CBW, there is a reasonable possibility.
Moved the prior listing with the existing pictures down the street when I determined they were of the slipway crossing. Moved the text from that listing back to this one.
This was a picture I took while driving through the area. Apparently the bridge has plants growing on top of it.
Tom,a headache bar can be installed at the intersection with Jackson Road and another one at the intersection with 150w.That way,no trucks can ever get on the bridge and ruin it.All covered bridges and truss bridges should have these due to incompetent truck drivers.
Very interesting. The bridge is has had a third truss line added at some point. It only has two truss lines in photo 23.
In picture #2 I see a tunnel but don't see it on the map when I looked for it.I didn't see it listed on the county listing for bridges and tunnels.Was it removed?
This is the same bridge as CSX - Banklick Trestle (BH 38066), but the dimensions don't make any sense
Its about TIME to get those strong headache bars placed at the last driveway before the bridge.That way, any driver of large vehicles who sees the bars should realize that they're too low to fit under. Anyone making deliveries in a large truck should cross the US 41 bridge and take like the next left. Come On! Don't people know what low clearance signs mean? And whoever is driving a large truck for delivery should know the height of their vehicle and realize that low hanging objects could be anywhere. Its about time to get headache bars for the Jackson Bridge.
Rough start to 2020 with two bridges damaged and closed
Heavily damaged AGAIN yesterday by an oversized truck. Driver was located and arrested for leaving the scene.
1. There are some historically important and outstanding Red Rock Bridge photographs contained herein, particularly those also showing historic US 66 conversion from the downstream Old Arch Bridge and Red Rock Bridge's subsequent US 66 usage in the period 1947-1966.
2. Unfortunately, there are many pictures mixed-in (and incorrectly mislabeled) showing the replacement for Red Rock Bridge, the modern four-lane IH 40 bridge built in 1966 of composite concrete-deck with steel plate girders. This IH 40 bridge needs to have a separate bridgehunter listing.
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Nice pics, can you walk across this bridge? Need to find a crossing for the Appalachian Trail.
I was at this bridge last weekend (1-18-20) I took a few photos of it's current condition.
A small bridge in an area with a lot of significance.
Grand River Avenue formerly served as U.S. 16 in Ionia County from its inception (same year this bridge was built) up until the end of 1958, when I-96 was opened to traffic between Portland and just east of Kent County.
This bridge, in turn, is one of several still-remaining examples throughout the state representative of a standard 1920s design. (Another one remains over Libhart Creek east of M-66, but is easily in worse condition, with its railings more heavily covered up and also badly spalled.)
Just west of the curve west of this bridge, is a roadside historical marker that denotes the site of Michigan's first highway roadside picnic table. This was a perk introduced by then-Ionia County Highway Engineer Allan K. Williams; the link I've posted, in addition to being about U.S. 16 in Michigan, also tells of Williams's contributions to Michigan's highways.
This bridge has one directly attached:
My dad calls them "sentry towers," as they resemble castle or fort gun turrets. The 6 year old version of me imagines that there is a wizard like man in the structure making people stop and take a test of wits before being allowed to cross much like the "Bridge of Death" scene in Monty Python.
The NBI for 2012 updated the build year to 1910 with a repair date of 1952.
Page on the construction of the new bridge here, which also includes a few pictures of both bridges side by side: https://www.preinnewhof.com/pn_projects/village-of-muir/
Clark,sounds good to me the way you explained it.
Here's a nice picture of a gage enclosure near a bridge:
Based on this history of the railroad line, I would place this bridge as being built in or at least around 1870:
Without looking at this one I'm just speculating, but there are gauges that sit over a well bored close by the river and connected by a pipe. This allows a float to respond to changes in the level without having to be exposed to the current, debris, icing, etc. The concrete pillar will house the gauge (originally a paper drum recorder read by visiting). Now it usually contains electronics and communication equipment for remote reading.
Thanks for this post!
Appearently the road to get to the City Gas pumps, off Winton Rd, was originally the same tracks that lead to the bridge. Im a new resident and rent an apartment at Station Ave. And Kennard, and my landlord pointed out that used to be railroad tracks that went thru the cemetary, crossing on the bridge.
Under facts/also called/ you left off the first "r" in Carl D. Brorein's last name. He was my mother's first cousin and Brorein was her maiden name. My aunt, her only sister, just turned 101 years old.
The Brorein family was instrumental in founding the Florida State Fair among other ventures in Tampa.
Thanks,Art.Never thought about multiple pictures being used.
Clark,if this is the water gauging station then where is the rest of the equipment for the station unless it's just a height marker for the water.
The bridge was hit by an oversized load yesterday.
Replaced by new bridge in 2019.
This bridge looks so much better. The parts of the top that were bent, due to over height trucks, was fixed. Also a fresh coat of grey paint was added. I will try to take a photo or two of it. I live just up the road.
This bridge was demolished and replaced in 2018-2019
Probably associated with the stream gauging station shown on the topo map:
No offense taken George. Just explaining why I sometimes upload multiple copies of vintage images.
Bridge is located over a small ravine on a foot trail. A very beautiful location.
Keller's covered bridge is only 74 feet long. It too is one of the shortest in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Bucher's covered bridge is only 64 feet long. It is one of the shortest covered bridges in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
What is the pointed concrete tower for beside the bridge on street view?Pan around on street view and you will see it.
This is now in use as part of the Lackawanna Trail although it is still owned by the railroad.
Story on trail bridges in Elmira with old picture:
Excellent video,Bob.I fish around bridges with dams by them.Only thing is I don't think there are any Marsh arch bridges in Pa where I live.
The info needs to be revised. The original bridge was built in 1933, but it was replaced in 1961, which still stands today, though it was closed in 2011 to all traffic including pedestrians.
Thanks for clearing that up,Mike.So the bridge is actually on a public right of way.
No offense,Art.I was just wondering about the writing on the pictures.
One has writing one has a postmark. I figure they don't cover the same parts of the bridge.
I can take as many pictures as I want of the bridge as it is today, however I don't have the same luxury with historic images.
Personally, I like the historic images of existing bridges because they give more context to its history than just text.
Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory states:
"The bridge is not part of the mill, and it is not located in or adjacent to any potential historic district related to the mill or the towns."
I would think it's not private property unless it was specifically sold to a private entity (much like what happened here in Bay City, MI last month).
Art,i see pictures #3 and 9 are the same.Only difference is #9 has writing on it.Doesn't the writing mar any historical worth of the picture?
Nathan,i noticed the road this bridge is on dead ends at what looks like an abandoned manufacturing plant.I wonder if this bridge and beyond it are private property?
Aren't pictures 3 and 6 the same picture?Look like the same picture to me.
Here's my drone video of the bridge from a recent trip back to my hometown of Emporia.
The photo in question (Unlucky #13) has been removed.
Mike, Geoff added a photo from the HAER.
I think I am missing something here. The last photo of this structure (#12) has a polygonal top chord and the Lower Pollard Flat Bridge has a flat top chord.
The last picture is certainly of this bridge.
Maybe I missed something else or action has already been taken.
The last pic added is not of this bridge but is of the Lower Pollard Flat Bridge...
That photo is already on this page (#15)
I was looking at the Pickering Creek bridge which is abandoned and since that bridge is on the same rail line this bridge should be abandoned also since there has been no rail traffic on this abandoned rail line for quite a long time.Also i read and heard about a possible trail being put in.Has anybody heard anything about this?
I'm not really sure what this one is. Looks like it could either be a girder or maybe a short deck truss.
Why is this listed as 1870s, not 1845-1846?
Its a lattice girder pony truss. The main manufacturer of these was Canton Bridge Co. However, I believe this is by a different manufacturer. While not identical, its similar to these:
This bridge was not for a logging railroad, this was on the GN original northern line from Marcus to Oroville , this was part of the former Victoria, Vancouver and Eastern Railroad, a wholly owned part of Great Northern Railroad. This was on the 3rd mainline that joined with the CPR Kettle Valley Railway at Princeton BC and went through to Hope BC, then west to Cannor on CNR, then on V,V&E to Vancouver.
This is a great site and there sure is lots to see here, thank you for all the good work.
Best regards, Russell Cadotte, member of GNRHS
Look familiar to anyone? Believed to be/have been in the Beaver County, PA area or maybe Columbiana County, OH, but not sure.
I personally visited this bridge to photograph the steel truss on January16, 2020 and found it gone. Its replacement is a "prestressed concrete stringer" (i.e. boring) bridge. RIP, my friend.
Luke, thank you. It's always exciting to find an answer.
Newspapers.com and Melissa's willingness to aide us with stuff has greatly benefitted the site, and has solved several mysteries.
Currently, I'm trying to solve the jumbled mess that is the bridge at Wapello, Iowa, but alas, I've yet to find builder-related answers, only answers to "Why did they replace the middle spans in 1903" (Flood undermined the central piers)
Minisa Bridge on 13th over the Little Arkansas River is still the original bridge. It was closed for one to two
years for extensive renovation.
Nice find Luke!
This morning I had come up with the hypothesis that this bridge was CBW. I had convinced myself of it while looking at other CBW bowstrings, especially the railing on the Pittsburg, IN bridge http://bridgehunter.com/in/carroll/bh42467/
but nothing is as good as contemporary documentation!
Melissa found an article confirming that Morrison (Columbia Bridge Works) was the builder.
I didn't know this but I just read in yesterdays local paper that a $2.2 million PennDOT upgrade of this bridge including structural steel repairs,concrete deck repairs,paving and painting is being performed at the present time.The work started last spring and there was no mention of when it will be completed.
Makes sense to me,Clark.Thanks.
George: Are you looking at the suspended span visible in photo 17?
You can think of arms extending out from the towers toward the center and holding up a little bridge in the center. They build the arms out and then raise a separate structure up to connect to the arms.
Photo of the center span of the Quebec Bridge being lifted:
Thank you for adding this cute little bridge. I have more photos I will add soon.
I read and skimmed the book in the link (above) referring to the bridge. The linked paragraph refers to the first bridge, built in 1866. It was made of wood compression members and, at least, one span collapsed in September of 1869 under a load of 100 horses from Texas. "Repairs" were $7356.74 (no contractor listed). I suspect that was the cost of the bowstring.
I also found a picture of a three span 1891 King Pratt listed as Walnut Street. Des Moines.
So, in my opinion, the bridge builder of the bowstring isn't presently known.
A sad day I'm sure, Greg.
"...And all the towns and people seem
To fade into a bad dream
And the steel rails still ain't heard the news
The conductor sings his song again
The passengers will please refrain
This train's got the disappearing railroad blues"
Thanks for the add, Clark;
Living three blocks away, I'll try to get a photo soon.
When I get time.
Trivia; I pronounce it Boostee, but some around here pronounce it Bust-eye.
I'm a lover and they are fighters, I guess.
The pin is in the correct location. The road used to run straight north-south, but a low water crossing was put in to the east of the bridge, hence the road bows out to the east. The wood deck was very bad in the 1980's. My brother drove a truck across it in the 80's and had a tire drop through. After that, a very large summer rainstorm did severe damage to the bridge. I think it actually took the bridge out, but I cannot remember for sure. The low-water crossing was put in then. Be careful in the area in warm weather as there lots of rattlesnakes around there. Along that road and on the Halling farm on the east side, tons of rock were hauled out over the years. My dad and grandpa picked up many loads of rock in the 1940's for foundation repairs and retaining walls. There used to be four sizable rock houses within a mile of there. The only one that still exists is directly south-east, over the hill from where the bridge was.
Note that the description should read that the location is 2.2 miles EAST of Denton, not west.
Thank you,John.That's the bridge I was talking about.
That thing is a truck eater,and is known locally as The KK Can Opener
It has its own facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KK-Can-Opener-342739173180914/
I noticed a truss bridge inside the cantilever truss when looking at the middle of the bridge in the street view picture by Craig James.Why would that bridge be inside the other bridge which covers it?
This will be nice when itís done !
Zero traffic !
I think youíre thinking about this bridge:
You can follow the grade leading to the trestle sight on the state of Oregon's Lidar page into Reedsport. I was unable to find which specific logging railroad built the railroad, but I was able to compile a list of lumber companies which may have had logging railroads out of Reedsport. Balderidge Logging Co. 1931-1938, C. Mc. C. Johnson Lumber Co. 1921-1928, Elrod & Wills Lumber Co. 1929-1930, Umpqua Mills and Timber Co. 1924-1934, Winchester Bay Lumber Co. 1920-1936, and H-K Logging 1922-1929.
Greg,is that abandoned bridge over Ramsey Mill Pond a part of this rail line I see?I followed the abandoned rail line and saw it.
I have photo's of this bridge just north of Fredricksburg, Ia. I was the conductor on this job. Had engineer do a run by to get photo's
I believe were talking about Renova, mn, (cgw). I have a photo of the north local, on that bridge, overlooking the old Milwaukee right-of-way, I was the conductor on this job. Had engineer stop the caboose hop, for the pose.
I was the conductor on this take up train. was also the conductor when running as the north local. Took photo's of each town as we departed on the take up crew for the last time., sad days of events long past. Still very fresh in memory!
I just saw a youtube video, and then read a article that the Montopolis bridge has been permanently closed to vehicles and will be just used as a pedestrian/bicycle bridge. I like to see these bridges open for what they were built for, but traffic is very heavy both ways on this road. This would also increase the longevity of this spectacular bridge. I'm glad I got to ride across this bridge in a car when I was on my Austin trip. A parallel southbound bridge was already built to the west of this bridge and already operating when I was there.
If you look to the right of the white buildings above and just east of the trestle, you can see the remains of another, shorter trestle
Nathan put this together as we were doing the Springfield Bridge project.
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Yes I did find other bowstrings referenced maybe at the historic museum. It was on the west side near the factory I think.
I've poked around the one still there too.
that bridge is fully collapsed, the one closer to the highway is still there...its has holes in it.
ive sent pics of this in. last time i crossed it was apprx 1974. and info on build date and if it was just a farm road railroad road?