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Sometimes, the NBI gets the location wrong. A couple years ago I imported a bridge from the NBI. Although that bridge is located in West Virginia, the NBI had the bridge located in China. I had to drag the pin halfway across the world!
On the other hand, this bridge appears to have been abandoned since at least 1990. It is truly amazing how quickly a road can go back to nature.
This is a surprisingly significant bridge. It is an uncommon example of a 2 panel Pratt Truss.
It appears to be a product of the Wrought Iron Bridge Company. The bridge features those threaded rod connections on both the top chords and bottom chords where they meet the end posts. I would suspect that this bridge was built sometime between 1880 and 1890. From what I have observed, it appears to me that the Wrought Iron Bridge Company phased out those threaded Rod connections by about 1890. Of course other people have looked at more bridges than I have so if I am wrong about this I would certainly appreciate feedback.
The possibility of this bridge being rehabbed is almost too good to be true, but if Doniphan County is in fact repairing the bridge then they certainly deserve some major accolades for doing so.
If the bridge is scheduled to be replaced however, hopefully it could be preserved in place. If not, this bridge is so small that it could be moved very easily much like the knock-off "Waddell" Truss that is currently located in Troy.
A construction date of 1940 is possible but I would agree that this could very likely be older than 1940. Most bridges that are as lightweight as this one do tend to be older than 1940.
This is one of several pony trusses in eastern Kansas and western Missouri that are composed of paired angles. This is a really nice example. I have a suspicion that the Wayland Bridge Company in Washington, Kansas built these bridges but I have not been able to confirm that for certain. In addition, I would not be entirely shocked if a few examples were to be discovered in Nebraska or even southwestern Iowa someday. I have not found any evidence that either Kansas or Missouri used these as any sort of state standard, so there is a possibility they could be found in a neighboring state even though that has not happened yet.
Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that whoever built these Bridges used several different configurations including the Parker, the Pratt (I think), the Warren, and the Queenpost.
Contacted property owner about visiting this one, it was his thought that there is no need for anyone to ever visit or even know of its existence since it is on private property and should never be seen by others ever again...respecting his privacy of course but I bet this one is pretty special, satellite images show a neat little bridge
A sad day in our world, I received news today that this bridge has been destroyed by an overweight gravel truck. The stories due to recklessness and clueless truck drivers is getting out of control.
Lots of backroad construction going on through this spot, there is no sign of a 2nd pony truss through this small stretch, or any trace of where another may have existed
As of the day I visited, April 26th, 2017, this one was not open - but, and I could be wrong about this, it sure looks like it is going under some sort of rehab with new looking timbers making up the deck and new abutment reinforcements on both sides by either locals or the county, the road is public and open but the bridge is bypassed in a exaggerated loop to the west right now, need to return and take a look in a few months, neat old bridge, possibly loved more than many others that get ditched so easily anymore
The soon-to-be-famous slippin' slab....
Gov.cuomo.please get these bridges fixed...it's so sad to see this.
Nice little shorty, still in good shape. Pretty spot - worth the visit.
This one is gorgeous, sitting up very very high off the creek. Looks older than the 1940's date stated - amazing and impressive, especially underneath looking up.
Pretty one. Several bridges in the area, first of the day. 90+ year old, timbers a little shakey but otherwise a neat elevated-pony over the low-water-level Stranger Creek
Photos are not of the correct bridge.
This is a photo of my grandparents taken in 1937. They were Okies, on the way from Oklahoma City to California. The back says, "New Mexico on the way to Calif." Assuming along Route 66? Can anyone help identify where in New Mexico this was taken and what bridge this was?
Have seen this trestle many times, what can't be viewed from photo is center steel section in otherwise all wood construction presumably to save half in case of fire and/or for increased strength.
Yes, that document is great. I have made a couple rambling comments in the forum about the evolution of King Bowstrings, (with a Whipple thrown in) but it is nice to see it presented so clearly with photographs. This document really explains it very clearly to those who don't spend as much time looking at bridge components as we do.
Imagine that... An historic bridge in Maine being replaced!
The news story here would be if they were actually saving one!
Awesome stuff! Liked the page and the history document is... As my 18 year old daughter would put it "Dope!".
Nels and the gang got it going on... And yes Juls, keep doin' your Thang!
This bridge is being replaced. New bridge will be just down steam of current one. Almost where the original bridge sat.
Seriously, folks if you have not liked that page, you need to do so. It has been great to follow the progress on this awesome Bowstring. I wish I could be there in person, but the status updates are the next best thing.
This Tee beam is interesting because of the Brick that is layed into the side of the bridge. Not sure if its decoration or if it actually helps support the structure.
and a nice picture of the beginning -
A new Facebook page for photos of the reassembly at Springfield Bridge. Check it out. or more pictures at Bach Steel or Workin' Bridges and anywhere else we can think of.
Fundraiser in place to "Paint the Rail" - looking for naming rights to 8' sections of riveted and laced railing or the riveted vertical posts between - $450 / $50.
Pledges Only Now to see if the goal of $15,000 can be met. The rail arrives tomorrow.
We know (and you all know) that the magic begins with the reassembly, but the hard work that it took from all involved, city, county, state, fed was substantial. (I guess that is my thang Tony).
But, what was started is now on it's way to completion. Here's a glimpse of the history that we compiled and Nathan produced.
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So much better than a UCEB.
I live in Camptonville, near this bridge, and I just wanted to report that the road to this bridge has been crippled so badly by the recent storms in California that it might never open, and even if it does, it'll be 3-4 years out.
Also, if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We are always glad to be of assistance.
Thanks for asking about this issue. The answer to your question is going to depend on individual photographs and photographers. For any photograph that is marked "All Rights Reserved" you would need to get permission from the individual who took the photograph, even for educational and nonprofit use. That being said, you will probably find that many users on here will be happy to work with you as long as you ask first and offer to give credit.
For any for-profit uses, I would suggest checking with the photographer and see if he or she might let you reuse it for a fee.
Some of the old images on here are actually in the public domain and were added by individual users.
So, long story short, if you want to use any images I would suggest that you consult with the individual who uploaded the image. Thanks again for your inquiry.
The drought is over; Colebrook Lake is full, and The Harvey Mountain Road Bridge is submerged again. Sayonara.
What are the terms for reuse of photos posted on this site?
Few more Pics
This what happen in May of 1988 a collision with a huge ship.
This is the Blues Brothers and their Quote.
Another bridge I wish I had a time machine for. Its so fascinating how utilitarian is is in comparison to its rural surroundings. And there are several unique design details that make it quite different from remaining examples of this type.
Thanks for uploading Chester! Its cool to see it in color :)
WSDOT has created a tool for checking tall vehicle routes. It looks like you will be fine in your RV.
Cory Golliday provided this old picture of the steel bridge that we old folks remember jumping off in the 50s and 60s. Not a great picture, but better than a poke in the eye!
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Interesting, a span separated by the island in the creek. Looks to be shorter in height than the through span with the Whipple, but rather long.
Yep, the second postcard does indeed show a third span. Interesting.
Maybe a three?
Bring back the smoot!
I drove by the Valentine Bridge on April 15, 2017 and it was in the "open to marine traffic" position with the approach barricaded. Seems that it's closed indefinitely.
Added a new street view, someone was crazy enough to get up on the deck and make a panoramic and its on Google. You really get an idea of how tall this bridge really is.
Dana and Kay:
Thank you for your comments. Much appreciated.
Took a walk around this bridge on both sides of the river on 4-22-17 to check out progress so far on the repair.Both the inbound and outbound lanes are still open and most of the work being done as of now is cosmetic work on the outbound side of the bridge on both sides of the river.I did notice 8 iron beams bolted underneath concrete beams on the inbound W.Reading side of the river.Don't know if they're for support.Only a guess.Also they did build stone drives underneath the 3 approach arches on the inbound side so trucks can get underneath them.The sidewalk is also being put in on the outbound side of the bridge.Let you know more when i can get down to the bridge.Usually when i'm bored.
Great video,guys!Showed the bridge without anybody getting on it and walking on or under it and not getting hurt.I did notice from the video if i'm not mistaken that it looks like red bricks were used for the deck.Anybody else see that?
Did anyone figure out what the height on the sides of this tunnel was, my rv is 12 ft in vertical height, may not be able to drive down the middle where its 15ft
The gospel of Jesus Christ Shall be preached!!!!!
Uh, oh, my secret has been exposed. I have strategically placed my toolshed over a creek in Indiana...
Or so I wish...
Looks like its about to get cleaned up and used again for a trail finally.
Looks like nothing more than a modern "Romantic Shelter" CB. A stringer with a lid on it. There are more than enough of those out there!
And yes Matt... It could well be Robert's tool shed! :-)
It sure looks like a covered bridge to me--I did notice that Google Earth's historical imagery has a clear shot of this spot from 3/30/2005, and the bridge does not appear to be present at that time, so it may have been brought in...wait a minute...Robert, is that your tool shed?? :>D
Looks like Waverly was full of T Beams, only one I could find looked pretty original. Know there is a little debate about how historic these are but FAST disappearing.
Sure looks like a roof ridge line in sat views. Leave to consensus of younger eyes but nice find.
So while just looking around Indiana, I noticed this Covered Bridge. It could be just a stringer, but it seems almost abandoned and could be an old alignment of Coffee Road. Just wanted to see what everyone else thought before I added the bridge.
I live"around the bend". This is the community there. I have used this this bridge almost daily my whole life!! It was washed out for about three years, not washed out but a tree took it down and it was not repaired for years! It was annoying too!!! It used to have a higher ramp on one end. They did straighten it out some when it was rebuilt. It needs to be redone again😍
Chester it is so significant to history that you captured these Bridges! I see this one was gone two years later! THANK YOU!
What a waste!
A couple of young guys from Danville recently posted this extended video on YouTube of the Mill Street Bridge that they took with a drone camera. Really great stuff--lots of views rarely seen or otherwise impossible to show due to inaccessibility and/or danger. The music is a bit annoying (not my taste), but you can always mute the sound. Worth checking out!
Replacued by yet another Ugly Concrite Eyesore Bridge (UCEB).
replaced by an Ugly Concrite Eyesore Bridge (UCEB).
Hopefully the builders plates were recovered by a state agency for storage and not stolen. It was the only Berlin Construction plates in a shield style I had ever seen and were pretty cool.
Needless to say though it'd be more preferable that they remained on this unique pony truss and the bridge was lovingly rehabilitated for continued use.
I see this is listed as still actually used!! Wow!! It is beautiful!!
Thanks for using my pix of it. It is a fav subject of mine. I need to get over there again and photograph it.
I read in a CNJ history that the line was completed to Phillipsburg in 1852 so this bridge was probably built about 1850--52!! You just can't beat that craftsmanship!! Very few of the bricks have fallen out over like 165 years of heavy locomotives and carloads of coal and everything else. Truly amazing. I found it accidentally while driving the older alignments of Old US 22/Easton Turnpike/New Brunswick Turnpike.
This bridge is most definitely still in existence. These pictures were taken April 22, 2017
My family's land is just around the curve from this bridge. The bridge didn't wash away. Some of the under footing of it was comprised. Only one end had a part that sloped down, and when it would flood that part would float. When they made the repairs to it is when they took out the end that slopes down since the end only sit on top of the pavement.
I visited the bridge in 2006 on a REALLY windy day. I parked on the Mo. side and while I didn't have any problems I didn't get a good feeling about the area. I probably would have stayed on the bridge longer but I was nervous about leaving my car unattended.
I put together a YouTube about my visit.
This is actually the KCCS line, which was sold to Frisco who combined it with their existing line formally known as the "Blair Line".
The Blair ran from Belton near KC through Harrisonville, LaTour, Clinton and bounced by the KCCS all the way until just north of here where the Blair continued south to Springfield and the KCCS went west to connect in Ash Grove.
When Frisco bought them both, they combined sections of the KCCS and their line and made the "highline", then abandoned portions of both the Blair and the KCCS where they didn't need access anymore.
Finally Frisco abandoned the whole thing in favor of the Truman Lake. Too much money for the amount of bridges needed and they could run trains through the Fort Scott branch into Springfield.
1. President Harry Truman rode on this line before it was closed
2. Ash Grove is where the connection from Fort Scott is, ironically, considering they abandoned that section!
3. The KCCS had a nickname too, "Leaky Roof", because it was so cheap and the cars hardly ever carried anything but clay, so the roof's leaked. It angered a local Flour farmer because his flour would get wet, so he hauled the flour by tractor to the competitor line to have it shipped!
Any chance this is the old highway bridge, prior to the widening of 13 and the arch bridge? Or could this bridge be one of the two Railroad Bridges that would have crossed here? KCCS or Blair Line?
Yup Michael... It's a Pratt through. This was probably originally a 2-span Bowstring and one of the spans was compromised in some way and replaced by the Pratt.
The photo I had previously posted here turned out to be a picture of Tunnel 39, so I moved it there.
Actually, this bridge had once not been near Doane, but rather had been on the old county road at Missouri Branch between the old US 52 (now 152) and the old county road that was abandoned once the N&W Railroad pulled up the tracks in 1933. Once the tracks were removed, the right of way was turned over to the state Department of Highways and was a much better road than the old county road which winded along the hillside. Since this bridge was no longer needed, it was moved to its present location. You can see the old concrete supports in the creek at Missouri Branch behind the old stone house.
Bridge is closed; builder's plaques removed/stolen; replacement probable.
looks like a Whipple Bowstring and a regular Pratt truss.
It'd be pretty cool to find the two different Whipple types together though :)
An expansion joint on this bridge recently received emergency repairs:
I finally made it down there a couple years ago after two previous attempts failed due to "road" conditions and loose cattle. Had to park about a mile up and walk, nearly lost a boot in the mud but was mad enough by then to keep going. Thank you for update re: railroad bridge, cleared some things up for me.
Looks like a Whipple Bowstring to me - not to be confused with a Whipple truss.
Squire Whipple invented his own Bowstring design, which inspired other bridge companies to create their own patented Bowstrings.
He also created the double - intersectional Pratt truss which became known as the Whipple truss.
Thus, Squire Whipple ended up having two completely different types of bridges named after him. This often confused those who are trying to learn truss terminology.
2 Whipples or just one?
Thank you Bridge Hunter,
I finally found the possible bridge that had the builder signage that I recently bought. This is a cast iron sign 5' x 14" that says Cal. Bridge Co.
Oakland Cal. The sign is about 1 inch thick & has 4 tapered holes 3/4 inch holes that was probably hung with rivets. I see that this is the only bridge that I can find on file that this company built so far.
Thanks again, David Korinek Lewiston Cal
It appears that this bridge is not original to the 1950s. I see some interesting riveted connections, which seem to indicate the bridge was rebuild from an earlier 1900s pinned through truss span. In addition, this design matches several CBQ spans from the late 1890s and early 1900s
As far as I know this was never a bridge, per say. It was a dam across a special narrow section of the canal meant to be used as an emergency shut-off device if the gates of the locks ever failed. The through-truss section was fixed in place parallel with the centerline of the canal and the dam would swing across the canal underneath it and shut off the flow of water. It was literally a butterfly valve.
Yea, the bikini bridges may not be the best, but the surrounding landscape and abutments are phenomenal! :^)
Although, I must admit that I wasn't disappointed by the search; I guess I don't qualify.
you google the term bikini bridge and are DISAPPOINTED with results
James as you can attest from your 2009 visit this bridge is almost not possible to grasp in photos just how many smoots WIDE this bridge is. Looks like a parking lot!
Your weekend anniversary getaway turns into an impromptu "Bridgehunt" :-/
You set up a meet with relatives haven't seen in 37 years, just HAPPENS to be across from BH 26464 "Big Bridge" in Lockport NY......
When someone offers to sell you a bridge and you take them up on it? :^)
Bridge has collapsed. Unknown why.
.............You know you are a bridge dork when ......
Stupidity and ignorance took down another icon! http://www.wtol.com/story/35206285/newscast-captures-alleged...
I believe this was the bridge featured at the start of the movie Varsity Blues. The town of Elgin was used as the fictitious town of West Caanan, but other parts were shot around Coupland and likely included this bridge.
If it did replace an 1850s structure, it would have been built in the 1880s in Michigan. This is the original structure here. Nathan or anyone in that region, do you know if there are archives for the Michigan Central Railroad?
I've seen that U-bar once, maybe twice... Very unusual
I'm more inclined to think that it replaced an 1850 structure.
Looks like an 1880s or maybe early 1890s Carnegie font to me.
Looking through the photos; I can only make them out on laced members. I did not pay attention to the Carnegie marks when I visited, as I assumed it was a cut and dry date situation.
The sway bracing and portal bracings do not look like they belong on this bridge. In addition, I see a special type of connection (what I've always referred to as a U-Bar) on the underside of this bridge. These type of connections are most common on the 1870s and 1880s trusses that I've seen.
I would think if this bridge date to the 1850s, it has been extensively rebuilt and not much remains of the original structure, specifically the main frame components.
How many members on this bridge have Carnegie mill marks?
Numerous sources indicate the bridge was built in 1850. The floor beams this bridge has tell me it's very old. I suspect it could have been heavily rebuilt. 1850 would make this the oldest railroad truss I know of.
...Could have been acquired from elsewhere and moved here in 07'.