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The Library of Congress collection holds a 1900 Rand McNally and Company railroad map. This map shows the railroad crossing the Sabine River as the Texas, Sabine Valley and Northwestern Railway Company (TSV&NW). The Texas State Historical Association, Handbook of Texas states the TSV&NW was chartered on October 3, 1887 and was sold on December 27, 1904 to the Texas and Gulf Railway Company. Therefore if the bridge was completed in 1904 the TSV&NM was most likely the builder.
Don't get me started about Ft. Ritner Mike! 😠😡🤬
Geoff, your picture belongs on this page: https://bridgehunter.com/ca/los-angeles/bh36677/
This would probably be a question for Frank, if he happens to see this -
The 1989 date for the bridge being closed. With the Gordonville/Waldo Road bridge being completed in 1976, would THIS bridge still have remained open to vehicular traffic for the remaining 13 years inbetween? Or did they restrict it to pedestrians only for a time before finally closing it off completely in '89?
Something about that year being given for the closing date is surprising to me.
It's now official: Restoration is in the works.
An upcoming project will restore a historic local bridge, and further Midland County's connection to the rest of the state.
The Midland County Road Commission (MCRC) was recently approved for a $1.9 million grant for the rehabilitation of the historic Smiths Crossing Bridge over the Tittabawassee River. The project is set for a 2023 completion, according to an MCRC press release.
MCRC begin working to restore the Smiths Crossing Bridge in 2018. With an estimated total project cost of $4.6 million, fundraising efforts to raise the required matching funds will begin soon and run through 2022, MCRC managing director Jonathan Myers said in a statement.
"This new trail will serve as a 'key connector' to, and become part of, the Iron Belle Trail (IBT)," Myers stated. "Extending from Ironwood in Michiganís Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle State Park in Detroit, the IBT has separate hiking and biking routes that together span over 2,000 miles."
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the IBT extends more than 2,000 miles from the far western tip of the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle in Detroit, and crosses through 48 different Michigan counties.
Near the beginning of the 20th century, a ferry service provided a crucial southern link from Midland to Saginaw, the press release states. Known as "Smiths Crossing," it was named after the man who owned and operated the ferry. In 1907, the "Pratt Through-Truss" bridge was erected at the site, becoming "Smiths Crossing Bridge."
The 15-foot-wide structure was the primary crossing until a four-lane bridge was built half a mile upstream in 1976. At 114 years old, Smiths Crossing is one of six surviving bridges of this type in Michigan. The bridge was closed to all forms of traffic in 1989.
The restoration project was made possible through collaboration between MCRC, Midland Area Community Foundation, Spicer Group, Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail Alliance, Iron Belle Trail Foundation, MDOT Transportation Alternatives Program, Ingersoll Township and Midland County Parks and Recreation.
MCRC press release: http://midlandroads.com/Portals/1039/docs/Press%20Releases/P...
Bridge #50.1 is listed here as having been built in 1889. This date seems reasonable for the structure, but no original location can be found yet. As the NPRHA continues to scan these highly valuable documents, I have no doubts we will learn of the origins of this bridge.
Yes, unfortunately I agree. I put out this false positive vibe to keep me from face planting off Ft Ritner bridge lol
Looks like there is a missing plaque in photo 8. I can't tell what company it is though.
We actually have always called this Matheny's Bridge.
This one also had that "heading" issue where Google was rejecting the StreetView embed, but fixing it wasn't nearly as tricky this time.
Still, I'd imagine that multiple pages might have the same issue.
As cool as that would be Mike you would hear my jaw hitting the ground from New Castle if it actually happened.
Nice pix, Jenise! Looks like the bridge is being cleared out. I hope a restoration is in store. Any info?
Please delete my photo from this page. Moving photos that aren't your own is not good practice. I know you meant well.
Thanks, but I wanted the photo left in Comments. I know how to rotate a photo otherwise. I don't think the rotate feature is available for Comment photos.
I've been wondering where the Warren span came from for a long time. I have found no other sources indicating the span is from the Columbia River, other than the one linked here. Since the old span collapsed in 1974, it would've been Burlington Northern doing the rebuilding. This could mean it is a GN, NP, SP&S or CB&Q span, possibly from anywhere in the western half of the US.
Bridge to be replaced with trusses added as decorative elements. https://www.journalinquirer.com/towns/vernon/main-street-bri...
The trusses and girders were definitely moved here in 1927. The girders appear to be a standard 1890s design, with a third girder line added. As the NPRHA continues to add more AFEs, we will likely find more information on these spans. However, they are not currently published.
I'm not sure if this bridge was built on a new alignment, but there was a previous Washington Street bridge, built 1906, which was at least partially shipped to Minnesota:
Great postcard, Geoff! It also shows the "Indian Fordway Tablet" which is still there next to the bridge, although most of the inscription has worn away. Photos attached.
P.S. Sorry for sideways photo-cannot rotate images in comments.
There were two former single lane car underpass tunnels on Raymond Street and east of Sherman Drive in Indianapolis, IN.
These tunnels were removed in the 70ís. There is a long tunnel and a shorter tunnel. Can Research be done on those tunnels or for any photos to be found?
Joan, my dad is Joe Phillips. My mom, Pat and my dad are still alive and kicking but too old to travel much. I'd love to take them for a visit to Missouri but I think it would depress my dad. The old Combs family farm is halfway demolished inside and several buildings have been torn down and replaced with modern metal buildings and a house where the barnyard was. One of my brothers and I drove down to Hamilton for the day to visit the family farm and toss firecrackers at the places Dad used to take us to and shoot guns. Some of our favorites were "The Lilly Pads, Otter Crick (actually Cottonwood Crick at the corner of Wallace and New York) and The Bar Pit (on the east side of the RR tracks at Wallace Drive." I remember going to this bridge (or was it Gould Bridge?) back in the 70s and Shoal Crick was at flood stage. The water was raging and ALMOST touched the bottom of the bridge! I'll try to call you this week so we can talk.
Geoff, your postcard is of a single-span arch over a smaller stream. I'll make an entry for you to move it to.
Still open April 2021
Metra plans on adding a third track to the bridge
Appears to be the same design as this one, built by Keystone. I found a pair of 252' trusses built in Washington State the same year (1899). Perhaps these were cut down and moved here?
While we know this bridge was built in 1906, the bridge appears to be heavily modified (third girder line, additional bents, etc). The girder in the photo added to this page also seems to show a Lassig plaque, indicating a pre-1900 bridge. I think it is highly likely that there are pieces of this bridge that were brought in to strengthen the structure.
This one is very lightweight. I would guess mid 1890s or so for a date. It also looks like itís a pretty steep drop to the river. Good work!
Nice to see some photos of this one! How did you get back to it?
Iím also seeing two distinctly different trusses. Itís possible at least one isnít in an original location, or the bridge was upgraded at some point. Nice work!
I couldn't help but think how cool that I was able to drive my truck across a bridge, that over 100 years ago an early steam train ran.
approximately 12 to 17 feet according to online depth maps.
at normal 836 foot amsl pool, so right now.
at Green Island over the Hudson? 3/15/77
....aaah yes indeed, thanks
Nick, those piers belong to http://bridgehunter.com/mo/buchanan/bh86815/
5 year update....still going strong, bridge to immediate south of this 120 y.o. has been replaced with a UCEB and road is gated off to private property 100 yards from there, with another bridge over creek now shut off to traffic
Uuuh....closed to traffic officially
Re-visit today....still extant...not sure why this was ever even remotely considered for removal, rough road from north to even get to this, deserted, nothing, nowhere-dead-end road on south side, with that side approach now collapsed, to remove this now is pointless and a waste of county $$$, plus it's awesome in its existence, very tall old thing, beautiful
Parked at Saxton Fishing Area Access lot, walked north on path along Platte River to this one....no plaques, at least on west end...pretty spot, evidence of another bridge from long ago with stone abutments just to north
wheeeee!! Pleasant surprise on long hunt for this one along the abandoned overgrown tracks and the waterfront today - Lassig, 1899.....one plaque intact on south side... 7' tall girder, a classic, and evidence of older abutments few dozen yards north - possibly earlier RR bridge or road bridge....fun hike, old beauty preserved in place (also...possibly only NON-open Lassig in MO??)
Right here is where a replica could be built since the bridge was never replaced after the arson. But theres word that one side may be private property.
We would definitely need more information here to even consider a response.
This sure looks like an 1863 arch..with a few modifications. It looks like the stones were grouted, and perhaps a pipe added on the opposite side?
Would be interested in salvaging them
From a 1962 AFE:
"New piles and trusses for Br #4 over Bitteroot River, including salvage truss from Ocosta, WA"
I do not have further information on the truss that came from there, as it was not in place during 1918...
I was able to find an original location on this bridge (and three other nearby bridges), but no original fabrication date. Looking at the plaque, this one may be A&P Roberts? I know they worked with NP on a few projects. Perhaps one of the other three bridges will confirm this (and give a original fabrication date).
Wow, I canít believe you were able to get up close to this bridge. It looks mid to late 1890s.
Well there was this NYS Thruway bridge washout in 1987:
There's talk of preserving the pony truss section and toll plaza on the Illinois side of the river and converting it into a pier.
The street view is at the wrong bridge. The photos are correct at the Cook Street underpass. These bridges are next to be replaced and new High Speed Rail corridor bridges in their place. The NSRR (former wabash) yard near here will be used for the UPRR/NSRR double tracks.
These bridges are next to be replaced and new High Speed Rail corridor bridges in their place. The NSRR (former wabash) yard near here will be used for the UPRR/NSRR double tracks.
This was not C&NW. C&NW was west of Springfield. Just east of this area is Iles Junction and what was an iron trestle.
Bridge was re decked and opened to bicycles and pedestrians on April 26th, 2021.
If you can remember a stream name and more specific information, I can search for you.
I am trying to locate a bridge failure which occurred between March 1977 and June 1977 in New York State between the tricites are (Schenectady, Albany, Troy) and the Auriesville-Fonda area. Does anyone have ideas about how to find such a thing? There are a lot of lost bridges on this site which donít include the date of loss. Thank you.
Here's some photos I took of the Bradley Bridge some five years ago.
I love that bridge. I think it was also 1953 that Bradley was bypassed by the current freeway, though Cattlemen's Road, which was once Highway 101, remained so as 'Blood Alley' until 1970, when King City and San Ardo were finally bypassed by the current freeway, as other towns in North San Luis Obispo County and the Salinas Valley already were bypassed some time before 1970. A year later Gilroy and Morgan Hill also were bypassed. Here's a Historic California/US 101 sign on Main Street in Morgan Hill, signifying that it was once Highway 101.
MY grandfather, Elie Joseph Brunette, born 1898 and who lived and worked in Morgan City from about the time the Lift Bridge was built told me as a boy about the time a west bound freight train approached the bridge which was open (up) and somebody screwed up and ran the engine, and some of the freight cars into the river. He came to Morgan City from Houma when he was about 18 or in about 1916 when he got there. I don't recall the year the accident happened. I'm 79.
Impressive bridge structure to visit. Abandoned railroad steel truss bridge on concrete/limestone substructure. It spans over an active rail line. That made it a little difficult to get to without walking down railroad property (which railroads frown upon). Had to get permission from property owner to access it from their land. Took a bit of a hike through woods to get to. Views were limited from vantage point, but it was well worth the trip. More photos are uploaded.
Very cool find!
I am not sure where the listed 1905 date came from for this bridge, but the bridge seen today is a girder of bolted and welded construction so likely dates to after 1950.
Interesting, maybe its an illusion due to the limited map detail... on the map you sent it looks like perhaps it didn't curve off what is today the CN line and maybe instead started at the Trowbridge Diamond and paralleled the CN line from there...
MSU did get its coal deliveries off the CSX line even after the power plant moved to its current location, although the plant has since converted to natural gas.
Atlas only shows the PM line crossing the river.
I will leave it up to the many railroad experts to determine that. I know today there are two railroad lines that go east-west through MSU, and the northern one is the CN line and the southern one is the CSX line. I thought the CSX line used to be the Pere Marquette/C&O line. It looked to me like the Red Cedar Road railroad line that led to this bridge curved off what is today the CN line. Maybe one of the railfans on this website can confirm.
The 1877 Perry County (Jackson Township) map shows a grist mill operated by an A. Bistline and a B. Bistline. The difference in the spelling of the name is not that uncommon.
More than likely named after the landowner from when it was built in 1880.
On the page for the above named bridge, an update say it has been demolished and replaced. That is incorrect. As of 6pm 4-29-21 the bridge is still with us. Plans for its replacement seem to be stalled.
Does anyone have an idea where near Marietta Ohio this concrete arch pony bridge was located?
We all here on this site know how bad several bridges are around here,and they need help. I have begged for help about this one. Those of us who live in this area, we know especially about this particular one. When they talk about getting the funds to fix it, (and others)they balk. This is a dangerous bridge. There is heavy coal trucks that are overloaded go over this every day. Semis too. It's a busy road. I don't know....
This was a railroad bridge installed by the American Brass Company to allow access for their railroad siding to their power plant across the Naugatuck River from their main plant. It was built as wide as it was to accommodate the sharp curve of the track. The bridge was installed between 1909 and 1924. Good aerial photos from 1934 and 1965 can be found on the State of Connecticut's State Library website at https://cslib.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p4005col...
2021-04-17, was there Saturday.
2 shots, 1st heading East, 2nd heading West
Location looks spot-on based off HistoricAerials.
Per their atlases, the line was Pere Marquette.
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its actually called cherry street bridge
Howdy from NYC
My grandfather James Baer's ancestor Sophia Bair married
Balser Bristline in 1874, Can you please tell me why the
bridge was named after the Bristline family, and who in the family? Thank you, love the old bridges and history trying to get all the information for my information on the family history. Barbara J. Newland, my mother was Thelma Lucille Baer father James Anderson Baer they came from Pennsylvania...
Hi everyone. Please see the following information about a historic railroad bridge that is scheduled for replacement:
Available until June 17, 2021: Portions of the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) bridge over the East Boyer River in Crawford County, Iowa for reuse elsewhere, conservation, or curation. The historic rail bridge is on the Boone Subdivision at milepost 286.55 in Denison, Iowa. The quadrangular lattice through truss bridge includes a primary double-track bridge structure that was built in 1902 and an attached single-track bridge structure that was built in 1910. The historic bridge is being replaced and due to the construction process, only the truss from the 1910 single-track structure is available for reuse as an intact bridge. Nameplates and other elements may also be available. These portions of the bridge are offered gratis with the condition that the removal of the bridge components from UPRR property shall be at the sole expense and responsibility of the recipient of the bridge. If interested in a portion of this bridge, including one truss, nameplates, or other elements thereof, for reuse elsewhere, conservation, curation or other preservation-related uses, please contact Kelsey Kuehn with Jacobs Engineering, 414-847-0242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just talked to Lee Bjerke the county engineer. Unfortunately the bridge will be replaced at its current location and the structure will be removed, owned by the contractor. If there is a chance to save it from becoming scrap, then it's through them and not the county. A sad loss for a county that had once prided over its large selection of HBs but they are disappearing by the year. :-(
I deleted the other page as this appears to be the primary listing.
Bridge is posted for demolition and replacement in the May 7th MDOT letting.
How deep is the water under the mile long bridge over Saylorville Lake?
Duplicate entry w/BH 62031
Say...you know how not too long ago we were discussing where the mystery bridge in this county was, and it turned out to be on Withers Road? But another location on Constantine Road was brought up, and as Tony pointed out, at that location there was a 3-span pony truss.
Well, I think THIS is in fact that 3-span pony truss on Constantine Road.
I did some digging, and found a reference to a Drumhillers Bridge at a place called "Eschol". Eschol turns out to be the name of a long-abandoned village in this area, located three miles south of Three Rivers. There's a historical marker there now, and the exact spot is right where the bridge would be.
View of marker (StreetView): https://email@example.com,-85.6392139,3a,60y,1...
The Historical Marker page also contains a link to a Flickr photo of said "Drumhillers Bridge at Eschol". It's a photo of a wooden bridge, but the photo is also captioned with a date of 1-17-93, which would fit as the bridge that's there today is a wood slab that's been there since 1972.
I grew up swimming in the river that flowed under this Viaduct. We would jump off the Concrete structure, but around 2013 they filled the pond in with cement.. No one ever told us there was a 19th century bridge there. We all assumed it was just a giant mound of sand. The expanse is mind boggling and it took a LONG time to get down to the bottom of that hill.
Just added a video link above, post it again here....did some mag fishing
Just posted a video link above of 2016 visit - here it is again
Typical melodramatic county commissioners... they should be losing sleep over wasting taxpayer's money for a slab that isn't needed!
I went here a couple weeks ago, we didnít go In with the car but before we even reached the tunnel we saw a train passing by on top. A physical train it mustíve been a ghost train. It was super loud and going fast.
Hopefully they will be successful. Beautiful stone arches with a low ADT, replacement is simply a waste of money.
Welcome to the Community with many greetings from Germany, Wyatt! :-)
This bridge pre-covid was set to be replaced. Locals are fighting it hard.
Another historic railroad truss about to hit the scrapyard.