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So, what's my deal with all these bridges in Winona MN? I've passed through three times in the past year, and each time I find another fascinating current or historical bridge. This bridge is one of the most interesting, with a complicated history and good written and photographic records. I'm sure there's yet more to find when I make it back to this picturesque old river town. Which I plan to do when the rehab of the 1942 highway bridge is complete in 2018.
I recently discovered a potential bridge near Gaffney, SC. Supposedly it's located on the former set of the James Cammeron movie The Abyss, which in turn was on the location of a former planned nuclear plant. The set was abandoned for almost 20 years until being demolished in 2007. This photo was taken in 2003. I could not find the "bridge" on modern satilite photos. I'm not sure it's actually a bridge, since it could be just part of the now-removed set or the planned plant. Also, a new plant may be built here soon. Is this a bridge, and if so, is it still there?
Photo credit of Austin Meyer: http://austinmeyer.com/2003/03/26/the-abyss/
It looks like good kayak entry up at NE Lawton Rd.
Warning on this one, stopped on 90th street to the west and was looking out over acreage to about where I thought bridge was, was immediately approached by 2 men in a truck with guns on their laps, very protective of not only this private property, but the one to the east of it, a total of 2 properties that need to be traversed to reach bridge, guys were very nice and cooperative and even give me a few phone numbers to call to reach the spot. Will try again another day.
Visited today, it is private property and locals told me, as I could see at a distance, that this bridge was removed.
Dear John Leighton,
That WAS the prognosis, but Yuba County just got a grant, so now they say they're going to for sure fix it in Spring 2018.
Please post it.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle maintenance work will be performed including work on the overhead and underground tolling equipment this weekend possibly causing traffic delays.Work will be performed from Saturday to sunday.
Dave that's a duplicate entry the pictures should move to PCNJ Rahway River Bridge
I have a 1916 picture of this bridge on opening day 1916
This is a very unusual Bedstead with multiple unusual features. I will try to update the KHRI when I get home. This one MUST be preserved at all costs!
I would be interested to know what the experts on here think about it.
Just found something out about this bridge while reading an article in todays Reading Eagle about the Bingaman Street Bridge being designated for a military unit.In the article it mentions that this bridge is designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.Never knew that.
Pretty dang interesting bedstead. Most definitely need input on understanding this one better, among the more unique features are the elongated-triangular verticals and diagonal connections, narrowing at the top, could not find another one in the archives quite like it, the bent loop connections underneath seem strange, several things.....bit of a rural spot yet remains open and seems solid, could have hung around with this old thing all day
Bridges like this are modern/non-historic. The railing is a standard crash-tested barrier used in a number of states. They are either going to be supported by pre-stressed concrete box beams, pre-stressed concrete girders (aka AASHTO girders), or steel stringers. Certainly nothing interesting under the bridge. Nick included this photo as evidence/confirmation that the historic truss bridge was demolished/replaced, not to imply that the replacement bridge is noteworthy.
A stringer built from recycled truss parts?
This one is so bizarre, I don't know where to start...
Endposts pinned to the substructure in an odd fashion, eyebars with oversized loops, bottom chord well below the deck...
It is an odd duck, but a very beautiful one! This one should receive a high priority for preservation.
As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 11/10/17 a ceremony was held and a plaque unveiled designating this bridge as the name of the military unit i mentioned in the last post.I might have erred saying the bridge will be renamed which is untrue.This bridge still retains its name but is designated honoring the military unit I mentioned in the last post.
This one was a shorty - road closed and bridge GONE.
Solid - still open, pretty spot
This does not look like original condition, but could be mistaken - short heighth steel throwing me off
This one has been removed. Imagine it was quite a thing with that elevation back when.
Un-interesting concrete thing. No longer unknown.
Got there at sundown. Beauty old bedstead, hanging on.
This one is CLOSED. Pretty queenpost off the beaten path.
This one has been replaced.
Love this one. 1896, plaque intact (mostly). Few unique features, good-looking curved abutment slowly decaying, rotting boards - just awesome, wish it someluck but odds against it's survival.
I remember when I was taking a hike in the area and I came across this trestle. A train was rolling by at the time.
Cool closed pony. Interesting swinging hinged gate on wheels open the day I visited - possibly locals using for hunting access on ATV's or something. At least 2 more ponies very close in proximity.
very nice curved stone abutment on one end
This one is CLOSED. 2 different ponies very close in proximity (at least, may have missed a 3rd just west of this one), very similar in design.
Old original crumbling stone reinforcement wall/abutment underneath on one end.
Bedstead. Very nice. Seems particulatly tall vs. traditional bedsteads found in KS.
Do you know the builder of any of these stone bridges?
I photographed this bridge from the road and photographed the nearby creek in May 2004. I have marked up an aerial view (B&W) which I downloaded to illustrate the area. Rick.
Well I'll be! I'd be curious if it was still lurking there since the entire segment of road was abandoned. Next time I make it down to Rockingham County I'll make sure to check up on it.
I have always liked Smith County. Very rural with nice rolling hills. It appears to have a great collection of pony trusses as well!
Interesting, these would be the 1st photos ever posted of any bridge on the site, surviving or defunct, in Smith Co., KS. Not a well-traveled route. Very sleepy in fact. More to come - visited at least 5. Beaitiful country, awesome people.
Double. So incredibly remote.
Top o' the county's priority list, I'm sure....1) House-jack Limestone Creek Bridge back up ASAP
Bing aerial shows a gap (until you zoom in and get trees). It looks like it's gone.
That'll buff out...
The 2004 NBI gives coordinates near the end of Folsom Mill Lane. This bridge was dropped from the NBI after that.
Bedstead !! Collapsing !! Noooooo.....should've been saved, long ago. Road and bridge very much closed, wouldn't be surprised if noone had checked in on this one in a loooooong time. Sad.
That Cottonwood tree was massive! It was also a very beautiful tree. I figured that it might have to be cut down one of these days. I was always a little bit worried about the roots of that tree trying to undermine the foundation and the wing walls of the bridge. Of course, the tree might have been dying as it was a very old tree.
The trunk of the tree was only a couple feet from the wing wall. The stairs by the bridge were wedged between the wing wall and the tree. This made for a nice photo opportunity.
Stone arch bridge built 1899 according to plaque.
Little sign on Rust Rd. is the only way I was aware of this one - very cool story - Apparently a gigantic tree that is written about on the plaque was cut down recently , very sad, must have been a behemoth
Solid pony, quick jog off HWY 24
Neat one. Got to see an engine and a short line of cars cross this one also.
It is always good to see this one! It will look great in Fort Scott!
I found a Railway Age article, and while it doesn't have pictures of the actual completed bridges, it has info.
Gimme a few minutes and I'll have it screencapped and uploaded.
I concur Royce, I can't find anything to line this up with either. I'd opt for junking the entry.
I found a BNSF track list showing this short line. It looks like it was used for ten years, 1917-1927, with the last section abandoned in 1928.
Does anyone know the history of this project with at least two large bridges, and why it was abandoned so quickly?
There is no Black Hill Road near the area. There are only two roads crossing The Pawtuckaway River. Ghost bridge?
We do have a similar pony here in my home county that was built in 1910... But yes Robert, I would agree that it could be a little older. I don't see 1880's but if I was to give a 10 year window I would guess 1898-1908.
TY for the answers. Deleted
There's nothing wrong with a bridge that is made in a way that it resembles a classic Luten. Good looks are ageless. It just needs to be noted as modern and the purists may point out that it in neither historic nor noteworthy.
New Jersey's oldest operating bridge reborn!
Photos at: http://s.nj.com/mDWERBM
This is a Con-Span. It is essentially a concrete Mail Order Bridge (MOB). It is made by the same company that makes most of the steel truss MOBs you see. http://www.con-span.com/CON-SPAN/nof_main.html
Con-Spans are easy to ID because they have the same general arch shape, and you can see the rib segments when you look underneath.
They are a modern type of bridge.
So, should I remove it or put it into a different category?
Also, does it not function as an arch? Is there a significant difference between being precast and poured on site, other than time and money?
Nice to see this bridge again.
I believe that photos 9 and 10 are of a different bridge downstream.
This spot tough to get to, finally came across property owner that showed me spot where bridge was, and was removed, about 1990. Road cut off at highway decades ago.
Circa (from Latin, meaning 'around, about'), usually abbreviated c., ca or ca. (also circ. or cca.), means "approximately" in several European languages including English, usually in reference to a date.
Re the bridge: Was it made in Calif.? If not, what does Ca. mean?
What was you source of the year of the bridge? (1915)
Keep up the great job!!
This is another bridge for which I will question the Kansas Default Date of Circa 1910. I would suggest that 1910 is about the latest that this bridge could have been built. There is a reasonable chance that it could be pre 1900. It might even date back to the 1880s.
In truth, many of truss bridges can be repaired and maintained for lightweight vehicular traffic. If heavy farm equipment needs to get across the creek, the old bridge can always be reused somewhere else. These little pony trusses can be moved relatively easily.
Clearly there is a need for trail bridges based on the sheer number of MOBs that have been appearing in recent years.
Looks precast to me. I suspect that it is a modern bridge trying to pass as a closed spandrel. These things can fool you at first glance.
aah....I'm sure there are some standard, modern-day safety features not being met by these old beauties also....no railings for dozens of feet, slowly-rotting planks, not sure honestly I'd want my kids driving across these, but certainly modifications can and have been made on similar antiques to keep them safe, open, and viable...I wish this was ALWAYS the first default...
Easy access. Great spot to stop and relax.
Nice find! This one could be rather old given the fact that it's pin connected and every panel is countered.
Given the nearly complete eradication of truss bridges in this region in recent years, I fully expect this bridge to get demolished and replaced within the next couple of years.
aaaaah....replaced. Concrete trumps iron again 😔
Solid old guy.
Actually, all that needs to happen is that Brian's msi-added Panaramio imports need to be deleted from this entry and Jack's proper images made the default.
Two bridges at two different GPS coords.
Might want to merge these entries.
... and of course Maine didn't care about that.
The Reading Eagle printed another article today concerning the open house they are having on replacement of this bridge.The article is exact,word for word.
Loooong approach on this one, great old form pillars, gorgeous spot
oooh....this is an awesome one
also open to TRAFFIC.....
National Register Nomination form attached.
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Something looks fishy here in the satellite view, it appears to me that the original bridge was demolished and replaced with a (Bailey?) truss. The road lines up differently now, and old abutments are seen to the north.
Here is an early picture of the mechanical bridge over Bayou La Batre, Al bayou. It was replaced in 1984 by the current vertical lift draw bridge.
Excellent news article about an award for this project. http://thecabin.net/local/news/2017-11-05/bridge-project-rec...
I would describe it as a replica (albeit using bolts instead of rivets) that reused a few original members in the replica. A very small number of members on the bridge are original. If you look close you will find a few Phoenix brands on the steel. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=wv...
This guy caused an oil spill in the Schuylkill River in Pa.?When did this happen?I live near the Schuylkill River in southeastern Pa.
Was this bridge rehabilitated, or was it completely remanufactured in 1997? The NPS ranger at the US 19 bridge overlook called it a "replica" bridge. I just visited this bridge, and I was amazed that nearly all rivets had been replaced with bolts - giving its built-up latticework a very bumpy appearance. Some parts are definitely original, such as the main upper and lower chords. However some members, such as eyebars, look very smooth and new. But I have to wonder, how much of it is actually original, other than the design?
BTW after 20 years, the 1997 wooden deck is definitely deteriorating.
If visiting, stop first at the NPS US 19 bridge overlook to pick up a free CD guided tour of Fayette Station Road.
So dang close to NE, should have hopped across for a second, solid, neat little bridge, open to yraffic, could go another 87 years
But wait! There's more.... http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/court-re...
Not exactly sure what these mean. I know others have an actual date, and sometimes a letter.
Best I can figure is they are either mileposts, elevations or another set of numbers relating to the construction of the bridge.
Interesting. I'll have to see if I can find a date for the truss. I know the Missouri Pacific had annual reports discussing the building of large bridges.
Nothing good that I am aware of. Its been a while since I heard anything, but last I heard MaineDOT definitely wants to replace the bridge. There was some local opposition, but given Maine's handling of other projects I doubt this will change the outcome (demolition and replacement). If someone has more recent news, I would welcome it too.
The REAL shame about the Waldo-Hancock Bridge was that the Maine DOT allowed it to quietly rot away for so many years. To even support its own dead weight, they would still have to have replaced both main suspension cables, because they didn't do the maintenance the bridge needed when it needed to be done. It IS sad, and hopefully they are no longer neglecting their remaining Robinson and Steinman bridges.
Yeah, would doubt it. PS - concrete relacement/reinforcing pillars beneath embossed "1944"
I donít think this one will ever be rebuilt then...