Of course I prefer the originals, but am I one of the few that like these newer bridges? They are SUPERIOR to the ugly-as-crap replacements I see about everywhere.
A sad note:
More on proposed replacement, including six-year timetable: http://www.app.com/story/news/traffic/commuting/2016/01/14/n...
Regarding the shoes. Just been having discussions on shoes that do not use pins for connections .... the cast base, from what I've read, uses friction of the top chord sitting in the slots. the eye bars on ours come through the back to be connected and they were not attached to the piers
WIBCo verticals ususally aren't outrigger type shown here, they balance the lacing bars and posts and come together in the middle to connect.
Upper Chord is pretty square. WBCo usually has a bit of a curve in its tubular-ness.
Others may have more informed clues to builder, but with the records lost....they did say they thought they went back to the builder to repair. I enclose a King diagram of a shoe.
Looking at the photos of this bridge, I'm pretty confident that HAER's guess on the builder, based on the bridge co. that fixed it in the 1880s, is wrong. To me, this bridge has the attributes of a Wrought Iron Bridge Co. product. Specifically, the Keystone like tubular arches that have always been attributed to WIBC on this site. I'll hold off changing it in case anyone disagrees.
PS. Are its shoes on backwards?
It's more likely the bridge was built in 1869 when the Louisville Baptist Children's Home/Spring Meadow Children's Home (Now occupied by the for-profit school.) was built.
Need help here: Found this bridge and noticed it is a slab bridge with a much older stone arch structure underneath it. Obviously, the slab part of the bridge was put there to handle modern traffic.
Anyway, I went to a local gas station nearby to get fuel and ended up talking with a guy there. I told him what I was doing and showed him some pics of the bridge. He explained to me that the bridge was built by the Romans. I was skeptical, but then he started to explain his reasoning. The bridge is located on the grounds of Highlands Latin School, which is a Christian private school that offers courses in Latin language and translation. He explained that this is not a "Catholic" school, but a normal Christian private school that just happens to offer Latin as its prime curriculum subject. He explained that this is quite unusual for a private school that is not Catholic. He went on to explain that the Romans landed in North America centuries before Columbus and that they briefly established some small colonies. He said that he knew that because he watched several documentaries, did some internet research, and heard about it on the radio talk show "Coast to Coast." Then he told me that the bridge is a Roman landmark that happened to survive to this day. He said that the Romans left an enduring legacy because why would a random school "just happen" to offer Latin as its main course if it is not Catholic? Also, he said that, the bridge just happens to be on the campus of a "Latin" teaching institution, which, the Romans greatly influenced the spread of Latin. He summarized his theory by saying all these things would prove that this bridge is of Roman origin. He also made this observation, that an ancient stone arch bridge is located at a non-Catholic "Latin" school and that there are two Olive Garden eateries. He then also pointed to a post card rack in the gas station where he showed me a birthday card with a pic of a bust of Caesar on it. He finished by saying all these things point to a clear Roman legacy and that the bridge is a Roman bridge.
Anyway, if this is true, then this could possibly be one of the oldest bridges in the United States. Also, I tried to find any other info about this bridge, but could not find any. The officials at the Latin School did not know anything about the bridge and there is no other evidence that would distract from allowing this bridge to be of Roman origin. So if anyone wants to chime in please do! Until then, I think I'm quite happy with at least convincing myself that this is a Roman bridge.
this bridge was demolished and replaced in 2014-2015.
This bridge was built by the state of Colorado for $4,000 with Lake County contributing $223.80 and was completed October 15, 1908 by the Pueblo Bridge Company. It has two 35' Luten arch spans:
There is a photograph a couple pages down in the document.
As far as the location goes, I submit this for consideration:
County Road 10
Leadville, CO 80461
I can check next time I'm in the area and get a couple photographs, but it would be great if an editor could update the page with the other info.
According to Silverton Public Works this bridge was scrapped and locals mostly oppose replacing it in order to limit through traffic in their area.
That is so weird.
Workin' Bridges was just contacted yesterday about collaborating on replying to the RFP for the future of this bridge, and here is a new photo. Thank you. The bridge has some issues, section loss at the eye bars, the conduit that ate stringers, other typical stuff, but for the purpose of pedestrians, we always suggest keeping it in place. The initial $1.1 million engineer study cost, is probably a bit on the high side for the approach and bridge, but we haven't run any numbers. We also haven't decided if we are putting our minds and backs to it. The big Atlanta engineering firms are on the case .... but if we can find just the right one to collaborate with, well one never knows. Anybody know anybody?
It appears from the latest Google aerial that this overpass has been demolished. I wouldn't be able verify such until spring 2016 as I am in Michigan and won't be in the area until then.
Here is a picture that I took last week standing on the Gwinnett County side. It's so grown up now that if you didn't know where it's located, you will almost miss it.
This Bridge can be seen in the 80's movie Six Pack with Kenny Rogers. They drove off the river from the Forsyth County side. Pretty neat.
County to let out bids for a replacement bridge and plans to demolish this one.
went kayaking on Shem Creek in 2014 and you can see where it was an original 2 lane bridge and was added on to
Apparently some hairline cracks were found in the pier caps. TDOT is hoping to have the new bridge re-opened in 90 days.
Perhaps the state of Tennessee should not have been so quick to start demolition. The new bridge has been closed indefinitely due to a potential problem. This is a developing story, so I would expect more details to come out soon.
Luke,the first railroad you listed i looked up on wikipedia and saw that is still in operation.Also Port Jervis is listed as one of the stops on their system.The second railroad looks not to be in operation.I will have to go up to Port Jervis and start there by looking for my great grandfather's relatives.Make a day trip out of it.Thanks again luke.
LOL. How do you pronounce that mill's name? 8^)
I read Furman.
Neat find; Google Earth shows the 1931 to 2004 two span truss in April 1990.
Glad to hear Gilliece/Daley's bridge might be finding a home. Sunny Brae G&CC near Osage Iowa ended up with a MOB.
Historic Bridge Inventory says that this bridge was built 1884 (not 1894) and by the Penn Bridge Company and cites Proceedings of County Commissioners as the source. So it seems to be documented. But this is unlike anything built by Penn Bridge. Did Penn Bridge perhaps erect a bridge fabricated by others?
I do think that this bridge is older than the NBI listing. Someone look at it.....even the rails are falling off.
Help here: Is this an old Warren Pony Truss??
I was surprised to find original approaches form the first bridge
I'll make an entry for the bowstring and move the postcard picture to it.
did you see that? I wanted to add it. How cute there was a photo.
If you move those files to the photo area, you can remove the Shiawassee River info. We are getting ready to move a bridge but the planets have to align just right.
It's a nice find nonetheless! Especially considering that it led to the discovery of a long-gone 1870s stone arch.
Found reference to bridge and road budgets during those years, and certainly see the crossing going back to the early maps. I enjoy doing research - it won't lead to anything but the precedence for bowstrings on the Skunk which is near Lake Darling. We are trying to foster the move of the Gilliece Bowstring (coming off this year) to Lake Darling spillway. Would be a lovely spot.
What builder do we think it might be?
I didn't find it, Scott Allen, E.D. at Bunker Mill Bridge, found it. SCORE.
It certainly fits the style of the other late-1870s era bowstrings built in the state.
Nice find, Julie.
It says it is two span. My associate Scott sent me this postcard that was posted by CR Kronhizer to the Iowa Forgotten History Site. He then sent me the back. So this is south of Keota, two span over the Skunk River. Any other suggestions as to style and time, I'm thinking the 1877ish...
Not really a UCEB. CBC story:
Yup, the twin to Tug Fork.
As a historic bridge enthusiast I found this failure of a new bridge amusing. No problems noted with the beautiful historic railway deck truss next to the highway bridge! It appears the previous highway bridge at this location was a basic steel stringer, but even before that was a beautiful deck truss highway bridge.
This area of Canada is unusual because there is just this one major road connecting the country. That said, it is just a two lane road, and while it certainly is important to Canada, it probably doesn't have the same economic impact as other roads in Canada, such as the infamous Highway 401 in Ontario, which is equally bizarre as Toronto is perhaps the only city of its size in North America to have only ONE limited access highway that passes all the way through the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Other highways exist, but all inevitably lead to the 401. The 401 has a ridiculous number of lanes, yet still is very congested!
My wife mentioned something about this earlier, but there's nothing on any major news networks about it--looking at the pics, it looks like the cables were too tight when they were installed, and they contracted in the cold and pulled the ends up. Funny how the previous bridge actually appeared to be a very modern stringer bridge--seems like a colossal waste of taxpayer money to replace it.
Yep; I took some pictures of what I assume is the hobo tunnel earlier this spring. They can be seen here:
Remember this bridge from when I was a kid growing up in Baraboo. Has anyone got pics of Hobo tunnel a little further down the line?
As of a few months ago this bridge is closed and mostly completely demolished. The actual trusses are still there but about half or more of the road has been stripped off of it and there's absolutely no access, not even on foot, unless you can jump 300+ feet from the barricades.
"Waterloo Bridge Remains in Limbo", Fauquier Now, Jan. 12, 2016.
Designed by a European Company with a pretty dismal record for their spans failing in extreme cold weather no less.
Surprised that I am the first to post this here? Not many realize that Canada only has one major transcontinental highway and one railroad ROW at this specific longitude.
The alternate routes on their side of the Border aren't even paved! The alternate route on our side is across the Upper Peninsula.
TORONTO - A northern Ontario bridge that is part of the Trans-Canada Highway has been closed indefinitely, police said on Sunday, after media reports it split because of extremely cold weather.
The Nipigon River Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge that opened in November, was closed because of "mechanical issues," Ontario Provincial Police said. Twitter images showed a gap splitting the highway.
"My first thought was, Canada is cut in half," Nipigon, Ontario, Mayor Richard Harvey told online news site TB News Watch. "My second thought was, how can we get traffic moving as quickly as possible again?"
It did have a metal grate floor. It made driving over it a little unnerving, especially when the grates shook and rattled.
This bridge was built by T. A. Loving Company (Goldsboro, NC)
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The image posted is actually the second crossing of the Truckee River (which was much closer to the state line), specifically (39° 26.534'N, 120° 0.657'W). The bridge at the crossing indicated by the map on this webpage was the first crossing and it was a long (18-panel) single span Howe Through Truss.
Interesting indeed. Which leads to the question of whether there is any trace of the old road that connected Blue River Road to Hillcrest running west of the stream. Easy field trip in a few weeks.
County road maps in the KCMO history collection might get a better build year.
Yeah and its not like a contractor is going to get a lot of value from scrapping the bridge out given the low scrap steel prices right now.
Post it, please.
Found something interesting about this bridge. I had always assumed that it was built at or about the same time as the Hillcrest Bridge, that is up stream. However, when looking at the old quad maps, it is not on the 1934, or the 1939 Quad, however it is on the 1957. As a matter of fact, Blue River Road, connected to Hillcrest right near south end of the bridge.
Vertical clearance of 98 feet?
There is no saving it, they are putting in something different. It was pretty torn up as you can see in the pictures. PCI is a big contractor in Iowa. It's very hard to convince them in Iowa when the engineering companies are all about making bolted ugly replacements. Hopefully they will save the other one.
I have a picture of this bridge if you are interested.
updates on bridge replacement on Ely Street and the future of the remains of the old one. I'm hopeful that they can save it somehow. Minutes of town meeting 12/02/215.
Thanks luke for the information.Gives me a start to find out who my greatgrandfather worked for.
I doubt there will ever be any plans to restart use of this bridge. The new activity relates to the line on the river's west shore, which can be seen here.... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205264643644249&se...
Ridiculous that it wasn't simply left in place as a historic landmark...Or at least until they COULD afford to move it!
I hope the county doesn't demolish it. In fact, they don't have to. Build the new bridge at 70th Ave just upriver, and leave this old one in place for pedestrians only.
A state database gives an 1890 construction date for this bridge: https://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/historic_pres/delaware_br...
If there is any good news, the town/county is rather adamant that the bridge be restored. That does not mean this WILL happen though as the bill for repair is pretty high. I hope the trucking company is forced to pay for that, but this IS the United States, where corporate responsibility is laughed off and pushed off on local communities and taxpayers.
Interesting to note, some of the photos show a wooden deck, while more recent ones show a pretty fresh looking steel grate deck. Pretty sad that a bridge that'd been taken care of so well was seriously damaged by an absolute imbecile.
I've upgraded the system to support Google's changes to their Street View widgets. This should eliminate most, if not all, of the broken Street Views, although the scenes may not appear quite the same as intended.
Also, the Mapquest widget and links appear to be dead, so I've dropped support for Mapquest.
New York, Ontario, & Western and Erie are the two major railroads shown on the linked 1903 map: http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/132576/Port+Jervis/Or...
I have a question that maybe someone can help me with.I was talking to my sister and she mentioned that my great grandfather worked as a conductor on a train out of Port Jervis N.Y.Would anybody know the name of the railroad that operated in the Port Jervis NY. area?My guess would be early in the 1900's.Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I got a reply from park management in Calhoun. The city could not afford the improvements needed to set the bridge. It is lost.
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This bridge, as well as a few others in Mason City are to be converted to trail use, as part of the "High Line Bike Trail", a trail and greenway through the heart of downtown Mason City. At this time, it is unknown if the trail would extend to County B20, and include the deck truss bridge as well.
Sure looks to be a Whipple with a Camelback format.
Update on bridge replacement.
I'm sorry everyone, I let you down on this one. I'd been keeping tabs on the old bridge, but I got busy and distracted and haven't been down here in months. The old iron bridge is gone, even the approaches have been dozed out and seeded. It's apparently been gone at least since fall from the looks of the grass growth. The city of Calhoun had been interested in the bridge to cross a stream on the city's golf course, but I don't know if that's where it ended up yet or not. I'm going to look into it and let you know. The bridge was given to the construction company that was building the new bridge, and if they couldn't donate it intact to someone they were going to sell it for scrap.
But, long story short, the iron bridge is no longer at this location and may have been destroyed. There is a new ugly cementy looking thing there now.
Just horrible !! It one thing for nature to take it out, it's another for a person to do it!! Heartbreaking !
Nice. Is that a camelback Whipple?
Great website. I have some additional information on the subject bridge and would like it added to your notes. I am a former resident of Saint Joseph county and would like some assistance in declaring that bridge a historical site. I have a newspaper article from Helen Wickman on this bridge from 1981 that lays out some amazing detail and her interest in declaring it a historical site. The bridge in question is called the "Old Gross Bridge" just west of Three Rivers. My father is one of the current owners and we would like to see this bridge preserved. It was built in 1904 by Charles R Jackson and brother at a cost of $1550.00. If your society can help me get started with some research and assistance in writing the papers it would really be a win for the community. There was a recent article on the bridge at http://www.sturgisjournal.com/article/20151027/NEWS/15102926...
My name is Charley Barth and my cell phone number is 571-238-1905. Thank you!!!
Photo of the 1939 bridge under construction with the original 1901 bridge still in place.
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The Knox County Historical Commission hosted a historical bridge marker dedication on Saturday, October 17th.
The ceremony was on the south side of the Brazos River Bridge on SH 6 between Benjamin and Knox City. The bridge was constructed in 1938-1939 to replace the original truss bridge built in 1901. It is one of only four of its type built in Texas and the design of what engineers call the “top cord” is unique in the state. The bridge project was officially completed on March 16, 1939, at a cost of about $138,000. It is listed in the National Bridge Registry.
From Ink, Arkansas Facebook page:
"The weight limit posted on the bridge is 6 tons. Estimated weight of the truck with trailer and skidder exceeded this amount by at least 20,000 lbs."
I will be sure to let you know, James.
I wonder if they will do an autopsy before scrapping it. Photos of the parts that failed might be interesting.
Luke if you can find any other images of WAB bridges from IDOT I would greatly love to hear from you!
Great find, Luke!
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Earlier today a truck hauling a skidder attempted to cross the iron bridge on Polk 37, old hwy 375 behind CMA headquarters, causing it to collapse.
Photo credits: Keith Rose, Lance Gaston
Thanks anonymous.I forgot about this bridge.Back then i just wanted to find out about structurally deficient bridges and what was happening with them.
Try again NBI... no way was this built "ca. 1930" Its pin connected. 1890-1910.
This is one of the most significant historic concrete bridges in Pittsburgh yet is slated for demolition!
The name of this bridge is actually The Samuel Morey Memorial Bridge.
Originally there were three swinging bridges out of Warsaw. The lower (Hackberry), the middle (Drake) and the upper bridge. These bridges were built in 1895, 1897, 1904. At least nine other swinging bridges were built in the county. The bridge noted below is the Long Shoal or Grand River Bridge. It was built in 1930 or 1931. It did fail when a loaded semi tried to cross the 5-ton limited bridge and the three people noted were killed. There was a bar on the north side of the bridge. I'd be interested in seeing a photo of the bridge mentioned in earlier posts.
George, in case you still read these coments, this bridge is gone.
Nathan,i noticed the debris on the satellite image too.You might be right about flood control.
George, it may be for flood control reasons. Google images shows a lot of debris piled up on it.
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This bridge was left to fall into disrepair for over 20 years. Village Management stated the cause as "no funds are available to take any action".
This year the State of Michigan provided several million dollars in funds to replace the bridge on Main Street due to premature failure.
With no notice to residents or documentation, funds were found to remove the bridge from it's location and dispose of the structure.
Village management has refused comment.
Well if it comes down to a bridge-sit as an act of civil disobedience at demo time, definitely count me in. Might be the futile but would certainly make a point.
No, the old span (this page) is set for demolition: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/whittierbridge/Home.aspx
My guess would be the flood of March, 1936 took out the prior bridge. One of the worst floods in the history of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
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From 1931 through 1995 my family owned an acre of ground with a small house (block 11, lots 2-3 to be exact)at Chain of Rocks that they used for a retreat place on the weekends and holidays. Some of my best childhood memories are from visiting Chain of Rocks. One of the highlights of every trip was to walk down to and across the bridge. Nice to hear that someone else called it the “rickety-rackety" bridge. I thought it was only us!
Here's a picture of it in the water: