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Posted July 11, 2017, by gilbert j menendez (menendezgilbert [at] gmail [dot] com)

seaboard airline when it was around never used that bridge.

Atlantic coast line built it to gain access to port of Tampa, that's it.

Viaduct ID
Posted July 11, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Nice work Chester.

Bridge/aqueduct ID
Posted July 11, 2017, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)


Your photos are most likely the Tunkhannock Viaduct in Nicholson, PA, BH 31850. Still in use, it was built 1912-1915 by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad.

Posted July 11, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have known about this bridge for years, but I just now realized that it was not listed on this website. This is one of several old railroad bridges (truss and plate girder) in the Coffeyville vicinity.

Posted July 11, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just saw a picture of this bridge in the Reading Eagle in the past few days that showed it is still closed.Haven't heard anything about this bridge via the newspaper or local radio.When i do hear anything i will print it here.

Posted July 11, 2017, by george oakley (geoorgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

April,do you know when and why they removed this bridge?I lived in Lansdale and for the world of me i can't remember this bridge.Of course,alot of times alcohol blurred my vision.I do remember the Philadelphia Folk Festival.Never went to it but fished the Perkiomen Creek near where that bridge was.That's why i would like to know why they removed it if a trail is there.

Posted July 11, 2017, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan, please add my voice to yours. Definitely an American treasure worth of restoration and preservation.

Posted July 11, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Harley, I can pretty much assure you that any of these state built spans from the 30's and 40's did indeed replace earlier structures! Most state highways were important early roads that were taken over by the state starting in the 1920's, and many of those had bridges that were quickly deemed inadequate for heavier traffic.

Posted July 11, 2017, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

As a Ralls County resident I was not aware of bridge's removal. What a shame! This is a historic location and not just because of the the bridge. Nearby this bridge was the original location of Ralls' 1st mill built in 1820, St. Vrain's Mill. Historically, Ralls Commissioner's and legal counsel have the attitude that it's best to remove 'liabilities' than to preserve them. They are afraid someone will jump off of them! They really have no vision for historic preservation of any kind nor attracting industry.

The absurdness is they built an expensive UECB at another location at another county location. [It's called the million dollar bridge to nowhere] and has little traffic over it. So now, they simply remove this historic bridge, leaving only the low water crossing for the residents nearby.

The same fate befell the Historic rated Butler Ford bridge upstream in Madisonville. Fortunately the McDonald family have moved it to their property for preservation.

"You can lead a Horse to water, but, you can't make him think."

Posted July 11, 2017, by Harley Patterson (kc9gld [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Our county board soon recognized the necessity of better crossings over the streams of the county. At the June session of 1870, seven thousand dollars was appropriated to erect a 130-foot iron span bridge on stone work near Thorntown, over Sugar Creek; also five thousand dollars to erect a similar structure over Eagle Creek at Zionsville, and four thousand dollars for one over Sugar Creek at Mechanicsburg. The erection of these three structures were all made out of general county revenue. For ten years our county fathers were content without further bridge accommodations.

If this was built in the 1940's, there must have been one previous.

Bridge/aqueduct ID
Posted July 11, 2017, by Chris (rastinirv [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi there. These photos are circa 1925 and most likely taken in New York State. Anybody recognize this?


Posted July 10, 2017, by Mark McMillin (mmcmillin1 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

While slightly incorrect, this will SOON be the "only" swing bridge in Texas. Sargent Texas actually has the "only" remaining, State-operated swing bridge in the State of Texas. It is being replaced starting this year with a "corkscrew bridge" to facilitate uninterrupted barge and vehicle traffic.

Re: Are pairs one or two bridges?
Posted July 10, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

It's a real grey area.

In the case of the Eisenhower tunnels, I thought about merging them into a single page. However, each tunnel does have a separate official name, and those names are clearly etched above the portals. So I left the two pages alone.

Are pairs one or two bridges?
Posted July 10, 2017, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Personally, I handle the vast majority of bridges as singles. Many times they are slightly different and/or built at different times etc. If they are entered as a pair and they indeed are identical I leave them, if they are different or different dates I start a new page for one of the bridges.


Are pairs one or two bridges?
Posted July 10, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

I do not see any consistency here for handling pairs of one-way bridges or tunnels. Usually they are handled as one, but in some cases they are handled separately, such as the Eisenhower and Johnson tunnels on I-70 in Colorado or the Winona MN bridges over the Mississippi. I'm looking for guidance here.

Posted July 10, 2017, by kenneth (supernova_2010us [at] hotmail [dot] com)

its definatly abandoned. ive lived there my whole life and never seen a train crossing it nor running on that same line through downtown

Posted July 10, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

When I am driving down a highway, and I see a sign "LOAD ZONED BRIDGE AHEAD" on a side road, that's an invitation to explore. Though I was hoping for a nice, picturesque, old truss, what I found on Krchnak Road near Smithville TX was unusual enough to be notable. You just don't see too many recycled flatcar bridges, and this one was made from two flatcars welded together lengthwise to form a wide enough roadway. The two guys fishing said they didn't know of any others like it in the area.

TAG Tunnel (Georgia)
Posted July 10, 2017, by The Ringgold Railfan (riley [dot] odonald [at] gmail [dot] com)

I visited the tunnel today (7-10-17) and hiked above to the right side where the rock drainage wall is. There is major erosion over the portal (10-20 ft) where all you can see is dirt over the arch of the brick. I'm not any kind of engineer but I do not thing the northern portal is going to be up much longer with the way the water drains.

Posted July 10, 2017, by April Dudko (adudko308 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge has been removed.

Posted July 10, 2017, by Robert F. Sirico (robertf [dot] sirico [at] verizon [dot] net)

Hi, Gents......You've posted a great picture of the bridge, but I think that you need to check the given length of the main span Parker Truss for a 'typographical error'. I had inquired to find out the date and extent of the repairs to the main span which attached bolted plates to some of the hangers, lacing bars and for change-out sections for the bottom lateral system. I noticed (yesterday) some pockets of corrosion on lacing and other members which seemed to have been covered by a relatively recent paint job. It is a monumental task to keep after all the structures on the LIRR right of way.

Thanks for your hard work in putting this site together.


Posted July 10, 2017, by Gloria J Burton (demichieliburton [at] gmail [dot] com)

What are/were the brick walls with arches north and south of the bridge?

Posted July 10, 2017, by Madison (madisonayers0 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was driving around with a pal that lives around urbana/ champaign and we ended up on this bridge, Im pretty sure. When i was driving it was pitch black and this bridge really caught me off guard. I've been looking on google earth and topographic maps to try and find out what it was, I think this was it.

Posted July 10, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/10/17 renovation of this bridge has been delayed.No notification has been given why.When i find out i will post any information i get.By the way,the article in the paper lists the length of this bridge as 172 feet,not 168 feet.Don't know which length is right.

Posted July 10, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/9/17 the Cumru Township Commissioners will be holding a special meeting on Monday,July 10,2017 at 5:30 p.m. to consider bids for repair of this bridge.Sort of short notice,wouldn't you say?

Trexler Bridge restoration,Albany Township,Pa.
Posted July 10, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I forgot to mention i looked on the Berks County,Pa site and didn't see this bridge listed.

Trexler Bridge restoration,Albany Township,Pa.
Posted July 10, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As per an article printed in the Reading Eagle on 7/8/17 work has begun on the $1.1 million renovation of the historic Trexler Bridge that spans the Ontelaunee Creek in Albany Township.A crew from J.D.Eckman Inc. of Atglen,Chester County,is shoring up the 3 arches of the pre-civil war bridge off Route 143 near Kempton.PennDOT spokesman Sean Brown said that the preliminary work is in preparation for the dismantling of most of the sandstone structure.The one-lane bridge,which links Route 143 with historic Trexler Village,will close to traffic on 7/10/17.The age and condition of the bridge,Brown said,warrant extensive renovations.The project is expected to be finished in November.A date marker in the stonework indicates the bridge was built in 1841-20 years before the Civil War-when Martin Van Buren was president of the United States.Precautions are being taken to ensure the reconstructed bridge maintains its historic character.The bridge's roadway,macadam over dirt,will be removed and replaced with a concrete slab which will take some weight off of the original stone arches.The bridge's stone walls will also be removed and replaced with slightly higher walls new stone on the inside and original stone on the outside.This bridge is one of only 4 triple-arch bridges in Berks County.The others are the Bethel-Tulpehocken Bridge over the Little Swatara Creek,the Marion-Heidelberg Bridge over the Tulpehocken Creek and another on private property in Oley Township.

Re: Holley Bridge
Posted July 10, 2017, by Luke

Doug, it's a Whipple arch/bowstring.

Holley Bridge
Posted July 10, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Clark Vance Dana

To me this bridge looks like a vertical lift retractable or a Pontoon bridge.

Posted July 10, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Katherine and Hubert S. were indeed his wife and son. Alonzo J. Tulloch died in 1904. I posted a link to his obituary on his category page. He worked with a lot of firms other than his own company.

Posted July 10, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks! Looks like all three bridges replaced 1911. Can see one in background BLR Trolley view. Believe it is East Avenue also.

Posted July 9, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have noticed on several Missouri Valley B&I Works plaques after his 1888 buyout of the firm that also denote "A.J. Tullock & Co. Proprietors". I think he liked to maintain some Autonomy even before he started working in conjunction with other fabricators.

Here is some info I found on MVB&I Works and Tullock courtesy of Kansas Historical Society archives...

"The Missouri Valley Bridge Company was originally formed as a partnership between Edwin I. Farnsworth and D. W. Eaves in 1874. Edwin Farnsworth was one of the early settlers and city officials in Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1867 he was appointed City Engineer, a position he held until 1871, when he became an agent for the Wrought Iron Bridge Company. In 1872, he became Chief Engineer for the competing King Iron Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio, which had established a shop in Topeka. Although successful, Farnsworth came to realize that it would be easier to manufacture and sell bridges in Kansas than import them from eastern firms. Returning to Leavenworth, he organized the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Works [the initial name was actually the Missouri Valley Bridge Co.] In 1878, the business was taken over by the banking firm of Insley and Shire. A. J. Tullock, an engineer from Rockford, Illinois was named engineer and manager. Farnsworth moved on to found the Kansas City Bridge and Iron Company, the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company and the firm of Farnsworth and Blodgett."

"A. J. Tullock purchased interest in the company in 1880 and was listed as one of the proprietors. In 1888, he purchased the whole operation and operated it until his death in 1904. The company name was also changed in that year to Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company."

"In 1904 the company was incorporated and the active members were past employees with the exception of Amos E. Wilson, a local banker. Wilson acted as president until 1907, when Katherine S. Tullock, Vice President, assumed the presidency, holding this office until 1921, when H. S. Tullock became President."

I will assume that Katherine Tullock was likely the widow of A.J., and that H.S. Tullock was probably his son.

Holley, NY bridge
Posted July 9, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

There are only three crossings near Holley and this is probably the one closest to town since you can see a bit of a house in it. Old maps might show other crossings from which this bridge was removed and not replaced.

It may have been replaced by this one built in 1911:

Posted July 9, 2017, by Zach Houston (zhouston03 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Should be Baker Co. Ga, not Newton County.

East Avenue? Possibly Bennets Corners Road ?
Posted July 9, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Canal Bridge Holly NY Circa 1907, not sure hwere it was located

Posted July 9, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted July 9, 2017, by Darlene (dbolsover [at] aol [dot] com)

Has this bridge been open??

Did they operate this bridge when doing the repairs to it??

Posted July 9, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Thanks Luke, I was looking for this. I used this or a similar article as the source for adding ABC as the builder for the bridges on this line.

The exact reference is found on page 465, middle column, third paragraph, "Contractors".

Posted July 9, 2017, by Andy Swanson (andy [at] midiowa [dot] net)

I think perhaps this was the old Milwaukee railroad not the CNW.

Posted July 9, 2017, by Luke

According to this, AmBridge built the bridges in association with Tullock:

Posted July 9, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This shows just how incredibly Moronic MoDOT is! Why not just close it off and install a low water crossing NEXT to it! I'm not sure if this was an attempt to remove the bridge intact and the contractor bungled it or what! Rediculous!!!

Todd Baslee Photo

Posted July 9, 2017, by Elliott Johnson (elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is being replaced. The road is closed with no defined detour in place.

Posted July 9, 2017, by Al S (Rte495 [at] aol [dot] com)

Contacted operator at 1631-904-3050 who said the openings are scheduled every hour on the half hour. Call on marine channel 13 or above number. In past years, I have not gotten a response on the radio and had to call US Coast Guard in order to get a response from the bridge operator.

Posted July 8, 2017, by Elliott Johnson (elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

But not very much time. I spoke with a nearby landowner and MoDot removed it because it was "unsafe". Now it is a horrible low water crossing.

Posted July 8, 2017, by Zachary S

Relocated safely to a park AND replaced by a decent looking modern pony truss. If an old truss absolutely must go from its original site and another historic bridge can't be used as a replacement, you can't ask for a much better outcome.

Posted July 8, 2017, by Zachary S

I have a model railroad book, which I believe is a collection of magazine articles, which describes this bridge and gives a detailed diagram and modeling instructions using the actual bridge's measurements. I have reason to believe that the current bridge here is the third at this location, with this being the first. I also believe that there may be at least one pier or abutment still extant from the 1887 bridge on the hill alongside the current span.

Posted July 8, 2017, by Zachary S

Just as a matter of semantics, should we really list this one as lost? Yes, it was almost totally destroyed by the tornado in spectacular fashion and is perhaps worthy of being in said category, but then again, with some original piers still standing and the rest replaced by very similar replacement spans built in a very similar manner, perhaps it's better to list it as reconstructed or renovated rather than lost? The Kinzua bridge suffered a similar fate and I believe it's not listed as lost.

Lilac Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted July 8, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm feeling nauseous...

Lilac Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted July 8, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Another success for New Hampshire's war on the legacy of John Storrs. With this we're pretty much down to the Anna Hunt, which will be coming up for replacement in the next few years

Given how things are going I'm getting much less optimistic about the possibility of preservation.

This is a loss on several other levels, as an increasingly rare multi-span through truss, a rare product of the American Bridge/United Bridge duo, and as a survivor (2/3rds anyways) of the flood of 1936.

Posted July 8, 2017, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My daughter visited the bridge yesterday and it is still sitting just as it has been since the move. Pix soon.

Bridge Comment Don't Worry about it
Posted July 8, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Like the last person have stated I to have became stronger than most because I have God almighty my savior and granted I'm not perfect and neither the the people on this forum so I'll not going to let no one down me or my work at any means necessary quote from Malcolm X some times I feel alone here but that's alright I mentioned i don't need no one's approval but God. You are cool with me Dana.

Bridge Comment Don't Worry about it
Posted July 8, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Dana you are not the problem it's some people who are hating on someone who works so hard in the studying field of bridges and sometimes I even have to set some people straight even though I'm a contributor. So that is why I have to come to my own defence and I know the Lord Jesus Christ has my back and that is the reason why I'm hated on so much by some

re: so sorry
Posted July 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, don't feel bad about it. This was an explosive issue on here many years ago along with:


Tee Beams


Moderne/Non Historique

Half Star Bandit

Street View


Reporting Marks

Personal attacks

But, we survived all of these issues, (plus fake UGG ads). Overall, this website came out stronger as a result, but we lost some great contributors who I wish would come back. These debates allowed us to gain a better focus, but they were not fun at the time. Unfortunately, some keywords tend to trigger strong responses even today. Don't worry about the occasional landmine. We all step on them occasionally.

Posted July 7, 2017, by Anonymous

Muskingum County was nearly sued by the Federal Government because this bridge was too low to allow canal boat traffic to pass beneath it.

According to reports from the Corps of Engineers from the late 1800's, after the original canal was abandoned and the lock placed at the present location, boat traffic no longer had the clearance of the moveable canal bridge in the picture above and many larger boats were unable to clear the new passage underneath the main bridge.

I am fairly certain the piers from this bridge have been used in every rebuild of the bridge, including the one which still (barely) stands today.

Posted July 7, 2017, by Kenneth Mcdonald (kennethmcdonald3393 [at] gmail [dot] com)

yes I might be able to help you on this I was born in this area and have lived up the road on 59 my entire life and my family has lived around here since the 1840s. We have always known it as Adam's Mill I am familiar with current bridge the iron bridge was supposedly built in the early 1900s and there was a wooden bridge in the area upriver went across both the metal and older bridges in the late 60s and early 70s on school bus and if I remember correctly the older bridge had no rails older wooden bridge was washed away by flooding sometimes in the 70s the road first started on old wooden bridge to the mill was dirt and called Adam's Mill road next road was the metal bridge going to the mill then current 59 bridge built later and road bypassed both the bridges old road formerly went from Mill to Bagwell's Crossroad and to the old hotel off in the woods between the mill and Bagwell's Crossroads motel burnt down in the 1980s county gave back land to former owners now is private property last time we went down it before it got closed to the public there was an old barn a livery stable right across from the motel location still standing in the curve there used to be another mill in this area on Dale County 67 called Preston's Mill and another at Brown's Crossroads on 27 one of my great grandfather's owned he supposedly lost it in a poker game and burnt it down he was found dead a little down the road with a whiskey bottle of kerosene who knows family history there used to be an old concrete dam under the old 27 river bridge that blew out in 1920s near the new bridge parts of the old dam are near the new bridge old millstone was stolen recently sadly you can contact me at this email or my wife's if you would like me to look into my family history about this ask around about this I will try to see what I can find out for you

Posted July 7, 2017, by Anonymous

The stoplight is a point of aggravation with the locals. It seems it is more put in place to artificially allow semi trucks and other heavy loads to cross the river here instead of the much worse bridge at Philo. the light causes a large string of traffic to cross the bridge at once, effectively counteracting the 'one lane' policy anyway.

This bridge receives more traffic but is the scapegoat for the upriver one.

Bridge Comment Opinions
Posted July 7, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Every one has their opinion all my work are free handed with details of racks pinion carrier pinion counterweight and all details to me they're not defaulted sketches

Bridge Comment Changing default images
Posted July 7, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Luke let me ask you a question

How I'm changing the so called default images just wondering?

RE: So sorry
Posted July 7, 2017, by Luke

It's alright, Dana+Kay, you didn't know of the existence of the powder keg that would get set off.

So sorry
Posted July 7, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Gentleman so sorry to cause this dialogue. Ill take the heat on this one. Fini

Bridge Comment Prowess
Posted July 7, 2017, by Douglas Butler

The other meaning of prowess is talented and God gave me that talent to know and study bridges and inventors and not afraid to speak my mind

Re Prowess
Posted July 7, 2017, by Douglas Butler

One of the meaning of that word is bold and fearless

In layman's terminology.
Posted July 7, 2017, by Luke

"Internet layman", refers to one's lack of prowess with using the internet, and clearly makes no mention at all of bridges.

Your constant desire to act personally attacked is quite telling, though...

Posted July 7, 2017, by Dana

Thanks for info Luke! I will abide buy wishes of the group. I'm just a new pontist among Titons! When the elephants wrestle the ants get crushed!

RE: Defaults
Posted July 7, 2017, by Luke

Dana, James had to made it harder (for the internet layman.) to change default images on here in the first place because of the incident in which Douglas changed the default on EVERY movable bridge on the site to one of his sketches.

Dont need straw poll
Posted July 7, 2017, by Dana

James as it is now what's ever first loaded is default. You as ultimate web dude CAN just tell us! So please do.

Posted July 7, 2017, by Anonymous
Posted July 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Oh, yeah, I never did ask his permission to upload them...

Posted July 7, 2017, by Dana

I Had put up a postcard view. Mr. Butler did a drawing, I deleted and then re added postcard view to make his the default. My preferences are on site photos , then drawings then historic views. Sorry if I caused a controversy BUT was my action to make Drawing default photo. Hate at me if you like!

Posted July 7, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hey Robert... What ever happened to those pics you took of this one?? ;-)

Posted July 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridgehunter went through some growing pains several years ago. Hopefully those days are behind us and we can all let bygones be bygones. This site has been much more peaceful lately.

RE: Bridge sketches
Posted July 7, 2017, by Anonymous

There already is a real picture of the bridge in question, and that picture should be the default image, not your sketch.

We went over this when you made your sketches the default on entries that had multiple real images of the bridges.

Bridge Comment Sketch Drawings
Posted July 7, 2017, by Douglas Butler

To Anonymous and Robert Thompson

Look how many sketch drawings of bridges have you did in your life time huh? Ok since you and Mr Thompson both agree that my drawings gets on your nerves that bad,I suggest that neither of you haters yeah I said haters find some actual pictures and post all actual images on every page or don't look at them at all let me ask both you a question since so called anonymous wants a dumb vote to discredit my work what have I and my drawings to you? some people on this forum love my work and how many times I said that some of my work sometimes isn't the best but others are ? oh wait how many times I'm not bragging on myself I had notice something I see hatred and animosity on here about me and the work I do even though I'm a contributor on this site a couple a years damn some of you haters!!!!!!!!!

Posted July 7, 2017, by Charles Bowden (mtmn96 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Randall Houp & anyone who reads this page i owe you all an apology. I am sincerely sorry for being so argumentative with Randall Houp and anyone else on this site and i am embarrassed i said these things here for all to see. For what its worth i am on a medicine now :) which makes for a kinder-gentler Charlie but am not very active in bridge stuff anymore. Best Wishes to all and happy bridge hunting.


Posted July 7, 2017, by Anonymous

The American Bridge Company did not build this bridge. It was the Midwest Valley Bridge and Iron Works Co. of Leavenworth, KS, which was owned by A. J. Tullock. Every bridge on the Rock Island, St. Louis to Kansas City line, from the Gasconade River to the town of Versailles, Mo was designed and built by this company.

Posted July 7, 2017, by Robert Thompson

I agree. I've seen enough of these pen-and-ink scribbles to last a lifetime.

re: Lots of bridges, curvy road somewhere near Ferryville WI
Posted July 7, 2017, by Robert Thompson

Highway 131 through the Kickapoo River valley.

Unfortunately, one of the best parts was rebuilt and "improved" by the State DOT. It isn't tha same.

Posted July 7, 2017, by David Cranor (volcrano [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't think this is a Chessie tunnel, it's a B&O tunnel. Part of the B&O Railroad's Wheeling Pittsburgh Subdivision. This is Hempfield Tunnel #3 aka Fox Tunnel

Posted July 7, 2017, by Darren Calhoun (Dcalhoun58 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My family camped there Memorial Day weekend and the bridge is fully functional. We had some flood waters that left the creek high enough for daring folks to jump off the bridge into the creek! In 2016 I actually pulled my fifth wheel across it in the middle of the night, unaware of the highway entrance to the Anglers Resort, which rents cabins and numerous camp sites. Needless to say I was reluctant to pull the rig over the bridge but backing up my rig in the wee hours of the morning seemed worse. If your a bridge enthusiast, this is worth seeing.

Posted July 7, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
re: hmmmm
Posted July 7, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, anonymous we are doing our best to affirm your predictions. So far, you seem to be batting 1,000.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Anonymous

WOW Just Wow Nick finds rare 1870's bridge. Think the New years predictions are complete.....Just Saying

Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

To clarify my previous comment, some of the railings were welded and some were bracketed.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, I noticed those as well. This is a very old and very significant bridge. It also symbolizes the status of many abandoned bridges in Kansas. This is why I am worried about bridges in this area. So many great bridges in such great danger...

Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I did take RAW images with my real camera. I am uploading some quick cell phone images to give everybody a rough idea of the design of this bridge.

Posted July 6, 2017, by John (johntherogger [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good news for all...this bridge seeing a lot more action. Dakota Southern expanded the branch further and plans are in place to restore the track to Kadoka...possibly back to Rapid City but that may take many many years to accomplish.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I field visited this one today. It is indeed a historic pin-connected Queenpost pony. The tubular railings were welded on years ago. Floorbeams are marked "Cambria". It has inriggers, but no outriggers.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove over this beauty today. It was carrying a surprising amount of traffic. I suspect that some people are using it as a backroad to Wal-Mart.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

WOW! Just WOW! Okay, there I said it.

This one has circular iron "clasps" that guide the diagonal. I seem to recall that some 1870s Bowstrings have these...

Nick, you might be finding some rare 1870s bridges...

Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This might be a top bunk Bedstead :-D It is a beauty, which has been strengthened with additional verticals. It is nice to find a Bedstead that has not had the legs cut off or incased in concrete.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, this could be as old as the 1870s potentially. Those threaded rod connections are a great find.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That would be awesome to have an 1870s bridge here. Good eye!

Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Interesting lattice-less verticals.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, and a rare example of a double intersectional Warren pony!

Posted July 6, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What a diamond in the rough! Likely early 1880s or even possibly 1870s.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice old wrought iron pony with cast connections! Likely a WIBCo. product.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice Lattice Bedstead! Needs a new home in a park somewhere!

Posted July 6, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Great old thing, although, little doubtful whether this should be "open" for traffic because the day I visited, you could hear the planking bouncing around under the tires as I drove across, a bit precarious.....

Posted July 6, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Oh this one is great....still open and all but hidden by thick jungle forest cover, on a nice worth a visit

Posted July 6, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Found the supports for this one in it's pinned location. Looks long-gone.

Posted July 6, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Solid pony just west of tiny town Vliets.

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