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Posted June 11, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If you view this photo in original size (you have to cut and paste the link, it wouldn't post right):

so that you can see the detail of the finials on the bridge, noting not only the spherical top portion, but more importantly the distinctive rectangular portion on the bottom of the finial, you will find yet another strong argument that Massillon Bridge Company fabricated this bridge, with I P Bartley likely being the on-site erection contractor.

The finials on this bridge are the same design as the 6th Street Bridge in Grand Rapids: ... as well as the long-demolished Fulton Street Bridge, also a Massillon in Grand Rapids:

The Steam Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted June 11, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Here is a higher resolution copy of the photo. And the source material is here

Posted June 11, 2015, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

How about that crazy guy standing at the top of the stay tower for the swing span? How did he even get up there?

Great information about an amazing structure long lost.

Re: Sugar River Trail
Posted June 11, 2015, by Luke

Boston & Maine Railroad Claremont & Concord Branch

Love the pictures, by the way.

Posted June 11, 2015, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Today's Herald Times reports Cedar ford bridge being restored in Monroe county.

Posted June 11, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Google Earth has just released some new imagery from March 2015. The earlier construction work was just bank stabilization. Good news!

Posted June 11, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Okay, I am having a little trouble getting the link to work. It will lead you to several photographs, so you have to scroll to find the right one.

Or, you can go to your favorite search engine and type in "rock creek stone arch bridge butler county kansas"

Posted June 11, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This link contains a photograph of this bridge.

Please have a look at the bridge in the link above. This stone arch bridge was built on an incline. Would anybody like to speculate on how the stonemason accomplished this feat? Sadly, we can not investigate this directly anymore as this bridge is lost.

Posted June 11, 2015, by Luke

Thanks for the imagery and historical info Scott.

Posted June 11, 2015, by ArtS

Thank you!

Posted June 11, 2015, by Scott Gavin (trainnut1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I made a typo in my comment. The bridge was constructed in 1887, not 1897. Like many other Oregon Pacific wooden truss bridges, portions of it were later covered to extend the lifespan of the bridge.

Posted June 11, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I heard the story of how the neighbors saved this bridge. It looks to me like a King Bridge. Then it looks like it got the same engineering fixes by iowa bridge but the removed the original bracing and replaced rather than adding. Probably around the same time as Bunker Mill Bridge But haven't done that research yet.

Posted June 10, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Barry... its quite possible that this bridge is slated for replacement in the future at some point. However, it appears the current closure and work being done is some "emergency" repair work only.

This is a noteworthy bridge because it has the general appearance of a Pennsylvania standard plan riveted truss, but it is a Baltimore truss configuration as opposed to the Pratt which was what was normally used in Pennsylvania standard trusses.

Posted June 10, 2015, by Scott (trainnut1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

By the way, here is the photograph that the person who did the sketch used, if you'd prefer to see the original.

Posted June 10, 2015, by Scott Gavin (trainnut1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

These photos courtesy Lloyd Palmer. If you want to gauge just how big the bridge was, compare the size of the timber in the picture with the size of the man standing near the front of the bridge.

Posted June 10, 2015, by Scott Gavin (trannut1956 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge was not a Southern Pacific bridge. It was built for the Oregon Pacific Railroad in 1897, and was replaced by the current steel bridge by the Southern Pacific Railroad. At the time of its construction, it was the largest bridge in Oregon.

Posted June 10, 2015, by Dave (potiukd [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice. Would make a great trail.

Posted June 10, 2015, by John Shukites (jmshukites [at] gmail [dot] com)

A new UECB bridge will be opening early next month :-(

Posted June 10, 2015, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I found the bridge closed last night(6-9) with gravel at each end. Instead of being restored a few years ago, I think it was just painted black over the rust and the floor boards replaced. The weight limit suddenly went from eight tons to three before closure. I just read Nathan's post on how the bridge was like not on historic selection which is crazy. That shouldn't be a reason just to tear the bridge down. Its a lovely little bridge near the beautiful Anderson Falls area. Losing this bridge would turn the area into a dump.

Posted June 10, 2015, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

I traveled to central Pennsylvania in early June. PA104 was closed to all traffic at this bridge. I was told by a friend that the truss was deficient and that the bridge was being replaced. I don't know for sure what it is being replaced with.

Posted June 9, 2015, by Luke

They didn't, based on period maps that show the interurban crossing the river at Main Street in Ottawa.

1929 Map:

1906 Map:

Posted June 9, 2015, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

How did they manage to use the bridge as an electric rail and as a towpath at the same time?

Posted June 9, 2015, by Joanna (PhotosByJoanna [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've been curious about this bridge since I learned I had an uncle by marriage who was involved in a fatal solo crash while driving over the Mississippi in 1961. After a small bit of poking around I learned about this bridge's deadly reputation; the s-curves, the flimsy guard rails, etc. Are there records or police reports about the bridge's victims?

Thank you,

Joanna, AKA Family Genealogist

Posted June 9, 2015, by Luke

To correct a comment left in 2009, the stone support are the remains of the Superior Street Bridge:

Posted June 9, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just saw it and can't believe they did that some sort of redneck fix-up job/

Posted June 9, 2015, by Nathan Holth

Confirmed: Slated for demolition and replacement anticipated let date September 2015. Project BRM-0155(685)--8N-85

Posted June 9, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I continue to struggle with why I am finding bridges in Iowa marked as replaced when they should not be. This bridge is visible in Google satellite, and is listed as an UPCOMING contract in IADOT's letting schedule. So it is doomed... but not gone yet. Replace Contract Details: Ida BROS-3650(604)--8J-47 3650 In the City of Ida Grove, 5th Street: Badger Creek Bridge Replacement - Other

Posted June 9, 2015, by Nathan Holth

Contract let date anticipated is September 15, 2015. County is putting a time limit of the end of June for proposals for reuse.

Tama BROS-C086(84)--5F-86 C086 380th St.: between W Ave. and X Ave, over Iowa River. Bridge Replacement - Other 0.20 mi

Posted June 9, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yes. Another clue is the "crash bar" which is the diagonal member halfway up the end post.

I am attaching the Historic Bridge Inventory sheet which has some basic info.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 62,948 bytes)

Posted June 9, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I think this contract refers to this bridge. Let date was July 11, 2014.



Posted June 9, 2015, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge looks like it may have originally carried a railroad, now carrying a road. Narrowness and the portal bracing seem to hint at this.

Posted June 9, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If this historic truss is really going to be relocated and preserved, it isn't made clear in the contract plans or proposal. It is only made clear that some abutment stones will be salvaged. There is no special provision (that I could see) for non-destructive removal of the truss. It is simply called out as a Lump Sum, Remove Exist Superstructure.

The replacement bridge will be a truss, but will lack the essential details that gave the historic bridge its structural design, historic significance, and aesthetic qualities. These missing qualities include but are not limited to pin connections, rivers, built-up beams, and use of v-lacing.

The two bridges will look as similar as the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge... same general type but completely different design details and visual appearance.

See attached details of replacement truss showing bolted truss design lacking pins.

Posted June 8, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The demo/replace project went to bid March 20, 2015.

Posted June 8, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Rehab of this bridge is ongoing.

Posted June 8, 2015, by Matt Lohry

Ha, confirmed; the bags are visible in the street view! XD

Posted June 8, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The actual length of the swing span is roughly 460 feet. Not record-breaking, but certainly one of the longer spans out there.
Posted June 8, 2015, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Posted June 8, 2015, by Michael Quiet (MQuiet [at] Gmail [dot] com)

Middlebury — The historic 19th-century Pulp Mill Covered Bridge reopened to traffic Nov. 9 [2012] after being closed in January for renovations. Local officials and representatives of Alpine Construction, the New York-based contractor, were on hand to open the wooden bridge at noon.

The bridge crosses Otter Creek linking Middlebury and Weybridge via Seymour Street.

Alpine Construction began working on the bridge in early January [2012]. Alpine got the repair job with a bid of $1.7 million although the final cost of the bridge remains to be published.

The new, old bridge looks superficially like the original but much of it consists of new materials.

Exterior wood, roof, interior work, security lighting and asphalt approaches, upgrade the bridge to the 21st century.

Both lanes are now open to traffic with no warning signs, as in the recent past, permitting only one vehicle on the bridge at a time.

Taxpayers paid for the recent bridge work—most of the money was a grant from the U.S. Government secured through a former Vermont senator.

The exact date of the bridge appears to be a bone of contention among some experts and local observers—1808, 1820, 1850, and 1860 have been suggested for various dates of either the original span or its various improvements and addition of arches.

Regardless of an exact birthdate, the renovated bridge is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered, at least by some historians, to be the oldest covered bridge in Vermont, and certainly among the oldest in the U.S.

Jan Lewandosky, a Vermont bridge expert, has said that the year of construction of the (current) span was around 1850.

Posted June 7, 2015, by RoadTripFPV (roadtripfpv [at] gmail [dot] com)

The walk from Alderpoint took about twenty five minutes and required a bit of bush whacking and climbs around washouts, but well worth the views! A flight in and around the bridge:

Posted June 7, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

as per an article printed in the reading eagle located in reading pa. 6-7-15 in the life section of the paper they went into great detail about this bridge.especially about when it was built and when the truss bridge was added.this combination truss/covered bridge would be a bridge I would like to see.being from pa. it is no problem for me to drive there.

Posted June 7, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

quick fix,huh?thanks for the laughs at that jerry.

Posted June 7, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

thanks lance.good to know the bridge is still there and the right location of it.

Posted June 6, 2015, by Lance Blackshaw (jeffersonstboy [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge does not cross Cold Spring Run. Cold Spring Run flows into the Conococheague Creek upstream about 1 mile from this abandoned bridge. The bridge crosses Conococheague Creek.

Posted June 6, 2015, by jerry allen (jerryallen [at] powwwer [dot] net)

several years ago someone moving farm equipment knocked off several of the large limestone rocks on the north side of the bridge railing. Instead of replacing with like stones someone placed several sacks of quick-crete cement bags which are still there today.

Posted June 6, 2015, by Bob Holtzmann (bobholtzmann [at] charter [dot] net)

It's Grand Drive, not Lindell (or more specifically, Union)

Posted June 6, 2015, by Tom Hoffman

Tony, did you mean I was incorrect about the location of the Old River Covered Bridge, or it was incorrect to demolish the metal truss?

Posted June 6, 2015, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Neither historic nor notable, nor is it even a covered bridge.

NEGS - Lakeport Draw (New Hampshire)
Posted June 6, 2015, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Now that there are photos, (I live but twenty away and never made it over to shoot any - Thanks R&B) can we maybe move the rendering to the rear, and have an actual image appear when the data page is opened?

Posted June 5, 2015, by Chuck Martin (cemjr333 [at] gmail [dot] com)

John posted he use to swim at this bridge. John was there another bridge that crossed just North of this bridge? It was about 300 ft north and to the east . Probably an old ine lane. It would be between the homes just North of this bridge.

Posted June 5, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Congrats and good luck!

Posted June 5, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Update: A formal press release will be coming soon, but the soft release was approved last week and Governor Markell has now been to the site. The McIntyre Bridge will be restored and will become one of five bridges that Workin' Bridges collaborating with BACH Steel will provide the DNREC (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control) in the Auburn Heights area of northern Delaware. The engineering for the trusses will be SGI and the site engineering by RKK. This is a public private partnership that restores existing mill sites and develops a trail system that will allow the collection of Stanley Steemer and other vintage autos a place for a 6 mile drive, along with pedestrians and bikes

We will be pulling the original and very rare wrought and cast iron piers - this should be a fun archaeological exploration to what exists after 130+ years. We will be fabricating star iron and casting new parts with the help of our friends at Max-Cast (think Bunker Mill Bridge friends). We will mark those parts by request of Mark Brown at TxDOT and Pontists, so that our work can be differentiated from the original at part level as well as at documentation level.

The NSRGA board of directors is delighted that this bridge will be preserved, although not where any of us had intended originally. We were never able to change anyone's minds and we learned an important lesson about politics at the county level - they change and their agreements are non-binding. We are grateful for the donations that allowed us to get to this point. An added bonus is that this bridge will be done and our efforts for preservation of historic trusses can move forward.

Another bridge that will be utilized for vehicular traffic is Marsh Creek, a King bowstring that Workin' Bridges now is the interim owner during restoration.

Posted June 5, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The point is to never give up....go the extra bit just to make sure you've tried everything. This group is doing just that. If you are in the neighborhood on June 20th they are Crusin' Comer Country and this bridge is truly in danger - and the danger is simply politics.

Posted June 4, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I think this may be continuous vs cantilevered. Its hard to see in the photos to confirm, but the reason is typically, aside from the usual presence of suspended span in a cantilever, a cantilever deck truss would typically not "bear" on the pier at the ends in the traditional sense of the word... what we typically see with a cantilever is that this area is in tension and the end is in fact anchored (often by eyebar chain embedded in the pier)... whereas I think this looks like its just a regular bearing sole plate/masonry plate... but again I can't actually see for sure. Here is an unusually obvious example of cantilever anchorage (Deception Pass Bridge) although other bridges its not this obvious.

Posted June 4, 2015, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Nope, sorry, the engineer is Nathan Haddick not Nathan Holth. And the Contractor isn't Bach Steel... so I am thinking REHAB is a better word than RESTORE.

What's Here feature
Posted June 4, 2015, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

For everybody with an editor's account, I've made major improvements to the "What's Here" tool when adding or editing a bridge.

The system now returns information on roads and waterways, so it should be possible to more accurately determine which creek/river a bridge crosses. For those creeks that don't have official names, the system tries to return the name of the nearest downstream waterway.

To help with performance, this tool is now running on a separate "cloud" server. Since this is an experimental setup, I'd like to hear feedback about well it works -- or doesn't work -- and how fast or slow it is running. If all goes well, I plan to offer this as a separate feature to the general public.

Posted June 4, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Posted June 4, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Paris begins removing 'love locks'
Posted June 4, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Over 1 million of these things, weighing over 45 tons, plague the city. Most are attached to a couple of historic bridges. The pictures are impressive!

Deep River Bridge (North Carolina)
Posted June 4, 2015, by Anonymous

Community raising funds to maintain bridge. This article lists the builder and some history:

Wolf Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 4, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Posted June 4, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Notice of request for bids to rehab this bridge:

Posted June 4, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Posted June 4, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Posted June 4, 2015, by M.Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The project is scheduled to be completed this summer. The remaining work includes installation of a new water line on the bridge, paving and bridge surface treatment (Paint).

More information can be found at the following link...

Posted June 4, 2015, by Karen (jwperson [at] aol [dot] com)

Contract is being let in June 2015 for the construction of a new bridge and demolition of the old bridge. The old bridge will remain in use until the new one is complete. Time to photograph this bridge if you haven't already. It will be gone by 2018 if the contract is on schedule.

Posted June 4, 2015, by Barbara Paxton (alloverrovers [at] gmail [dot] com)

It was my dad, Art Stangle, along with his brother, Frank, who acquired the right-of-way for this bridge. It's true that it was an old railroad bridge that had been unused for quite a number of years. I was about 25 when this project began. Dad and Uncle Frank and my brother, Jerry, plus a hardy group of helpers, took up the rails, saved them, eventually Dad cut them with a welding torch to make the side rails for safety. Two plank lanes were laid to drive on. These required frequent fixing for safety. All this required Dad's vision and know-how, along with Frank's...and my brother, Jerry's. My Dad and uncle had started a grain-drying business on the property Dad and Mother owned and with that, they started buying grain, drying it and then having it trucked to Henderson, KY to the Wathan (I think that's the correct name) Elevator there. Also by drying corn and soy beans, they got those products to market earlier, which enabled them to earn a living. It grew from there to a much bigger operation. Grain drying, buying, selling and transport to bigger markets. It saved the IL farmers a lot of mileage to come across the Wabash via the bridge, instead of having to drive either to Vincennes, IN or to Mt. Carmel IL to get across via a bridge down to Cathlinette Road, 7 miles south of Vincennes. True, there was a ferry, but it wasn't big enough to handle the heavier loads of grain, and impossible if the Wabash was either too low or too high. I grew up about 2 or 3 miles from that landing. It could be a challenge sometimes for the ferry master to dock that ferry. That stretch of the Wabash can be a very fickle river.

There was a disaster at the elevator one night in mid-November 1965. I don't know if a cause was ever discovered, but the elevator caught fire. There were various possibilities. But the end result was that the elevator burned to the ground. Our house, across the driveway was spared when the Christian Brothers from Vincennes and a couple of priests and able-bodied guys, got up on the roof of the house and hosed it down. They also found live embers in the attic and stomped them out. Their heroic efforts saved the house. There was another big happening that night... the New York city blackout, when all the radio and TV stations were knocked off the air. November 9, 1965, I think.

Dad did everything he could think of to try to get all the farmers paid for the grain that was lost. Such a hard, sad time. Eventually he went bankrupt. In May of 1971, our dad was diagnosed with a very deadly cancer...up until then, he was still working to save the business. Dad lived about 6 weeks after he was was my honor to have taken care of my Dad during those last few weeks. The hardest job one can have is to see you Dad die so young and still with hopes and dreams. He was a remarkable, generous, kind man, who really did follow his dream.

Posted June 4, 2015, by Ron Collins (ronnie [dot] collins [at] comcast [dot] net)

The bridge that Bobby Gentry is walking across is NOT the bridge where CR 512 crosses over the Tallahatchie River. The one she is walking across in the photo is from 11/20/1967 Life Magazine (P. 99). It is the old bridge she talked about in the song and was located at Money, MS. The bridge at Money collapsed on 06/19/1972, supposedly after it had been damaged when vandals set fire to it. It was replaced by a concrete bridge. It spans the TALLAHATCHIE River.

This newspaper article tells of the collapse of the old bridge at Money, MS:


Money Bridge Collapses, Greenwood Commonwealth, 06/20/1972, P. 1 (with 2 pictures)

“MONEY – The Tallahatchie River Bridge here collapsed between 11:30 and midnight Monday and presumably joined Billy Joe MacAllister in the muddy waters of the Tallahatchie.

Leflore County Deputy Sheriff Ricky Banks said he received a call from Sheriff Rufus Freeman about 12:15 a.m. today telling him the bridge had collapsed.

Leflore County Second District Supervisor Ray Tribble had called Sheriff Freeman earlier when two boys who had been fishing discovered the bridge had collapsed.

The two boys reportedly had gone upstream to fish and upon returning to Money found they couldn’t get over the collapsed span in the Tallahatchie River.

Tribble and his county road foreman Homer Hawkins then blocked the bridge off at the approaches on each side to prevent anyone from driving into the river.”

[Caption under photos] – “BRIDGE OUT AT MONEY – The middle section of the Tallahatchie river bridge at Money tilted towards its upstream side as it collapsed Monday night. The steel suspension bridge was built in 1927. Staff Photos by Steve Bailey.”

[Ed. Note: Pictures will be available when a non-distorted copy can be obtained.]



The bridge used in the movie (off Ole Roebuck Road on CR 512 in Rising Sun, MS) was demolished in 1987 and replaced with a concrete one. It spans the YAZOO River.

Posted June 3, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

My report and photos following field visit, in general, confirm the discussion had here on Bridgehunter.

As a bridge historian, I consider this a pony truss because that is what it was originally designed as.

Historical Street View Images
Posted June 3, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The new Google Maps is in general horrible, especially the heavy blurring and distortion of satellite imagery for the sake of creating the novelty of false 3D. However, I did notice that the new Street View system now offers (where multiple takes have occurred) access to PREVIOUS Street view takes. Very valuable for Street Views on bridges that have been replaced.

Posted June 3, 2015, by Conchscooter (conchscooter [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Boot Key bridge has been permanently closed after the state declared it unsafe and decided it wasn't worth millions to render it safe.

Like so many open spaces in the Keys Boot Key was originally slated for development, thus the apparent "platting" of streets. However to take a walk on the island (which I haven't done since the bridge closed) you find mangrove scrub land and dumped garbage along the road.

There is/was a radio station on the island 1600 am, as I recall and they had to commute by boat. Whether or not they've moved the radio station I haven't heard but the bridge is very much closed.

this picture from my blog Key West Diary

Posted June 3, 2015, by Anonymous

This bridge was originally Western Railway of Alabama

Scott Powers

Posted June 3, 2015, by Gloria ODonnell (go2me2 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

When will this bridge be completed? It still has construction cones up and is collecting garbage.we use bridge daily and would like to know when it is suppose to be completed. I understood it was to be completed at least a year ago. Thank you for your prompt reply. Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. ODonnell

Posted June 3, 2015, by Carole Little (c [dot] little [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Stumbled upon your site & have really enjoyed it. Here's a pic of the Old Monticello bridge before it fell. Pic was late 1960's according to my dad.

print I found
Posted June 2, 2015, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

While shopping I found this print. thought it was pretty cool. Had a history of all the bridges in Portland.

Posted June 2, 2015, by Ralph Demars (ralphdemars12 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is closed.

Posted June 2, 2015, by Ralph Demars (ralphdemars12 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is open.

Posted June 2, 2015, by Ralph Demars (ralphdemars12 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here is a photo, courtesy of Maine Memory Network and Pejepscot Historical Society.

Posted June 2, 2015, by gerorge oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

as per an article printed in the reading eagle 6-2-15 this bridge will be closed as of july between july 8 and july 27.this work must be done by april 2017 or the contractor faces a $45,000 a day penalty.the $14 million repair will be funded by penndot.repairs will be made to the 770 foot span which is 83 years old.any more information I receive on this bridge will be printed here.

Smith Bridge (Illinois)
Posted June 2, 2015, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

I added a bunch of photos of Smith Bridge. All were taken from the parking lot (which extends under the bridge) or the outdoor deck of Mugz's Hideout, a boater bar just to the northwest of the bridge on the river. Go in, order a drink from the friendly staff, tip well, and then you can walk out on their deck/pier for great views of the bridge and the river.

Besides the current 1957 Smith Bridge, from Mugz's deck you can see the sites of all four predecessor bridges that were built near here, the first in 1852. Nothing remains of any of them.

Posted June 1, 2015, by Don Morrison

The original street view didn't work, so I made a new one and made it first in order.

Posted June 1, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is currently being repainted.

Posted June 1, 2015, by Mary Jane (maryjane [at] pabisz [dot] com)

My father used to swim under this bridge when he was a boy (born 1918). My aunt also remembers this bridge from when she was a girl (born 1916). Does anyone know when the original bridge was built?

Posted June 1, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like it was widened? Note the welds on the floor beams, the extra lateral bracing connectors, and the cut and welded lateral braces.

Posted May 31, 2015, by dcguess92 (dcg [dot] 1380 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Still cant believe this bridge is gone. Glad I got to see it before it went. Beautiful


Hotel Bridge (Massachusetts)
Posted May 31, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted May 30, 2015, by tom pierce (houndog412002 [at] yahoo [dot] com )

I lived just over the hill from this bridge in the 60's and watched being built.i wonder if there is anyone out there with pictures of the single lane truss bridge it was torn down in the 90's I think.

Posted May 30, 2015, by Ian Martin

This is a duplicate with this bridge,, which I think was also added as a Jewett Brook bridge. I had changed the name because despite the way it appears on Google Maps, Jewett Brook is a small stream diverging from the river just south of here.

Posted May 30, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Right again Tom... This is incorrect as this was the location of the Old River Bridge over the main channel.

Posted May 30, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I agree Tom... This bridge has no historic value and really shouldn't have been added on here.

Posted May 30, 2015, by Tom Hoffman

Now I think this bridge is still kind of modern even though it had to be rehabbed once. I think I remember seeing stone piers north of here. Whenever I see a newer bridge across a larger stream like this, it makes me wonder what type of bridge was here before.

Posted May 30, 2015, by Tom Hoffman

I'll bet this bridge was removed and never replaced. Anyway, I believe this area is where the Old River Covered bridge was located over the main channel. It was a two span 370 foot Kennedy Covered bridge. Also it was an unusually large wooden bridge with a 19 foot clearance and an 18 foot width. The covered bridge was lost in the 1957 flood and never replaced. I don't know if either side of the river has become private property. The main river channel here is the place to build a modern covered bridge not to replace a demolished historic bridge. If the branch metal bridge was demolished cause of the L word, thats never just right.

Posted May 30, 2015, by kelly (grangerkelly1974 [at] gmail [dot] com)

so who owns the bridge as i was there yesterday and some guy said we had no right to be there i say to bad i take my kids and dogs there to swim ya i see there are party people but dang dude tell them they dont have the right i been going to this place since i was a small girl

Posted May 30, 2015, by kelly (grangerkelly1974 [at] gmail [dot] com)

so who owns the bridge as i was there yesterday and some guy said we had no right to be there i say to bad i take my kids and dogs there to swim ya i see there are party people but dang dude tell them they dont have the right i been going to this place since i was a small girl

Posted May 30, 2015, by Gary Spaeth (garyspaeth [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i have a video on youtube of this bridge.

Posted May 29, 2015, by Brian Makowski (myhome72 [at] prodigy [dot] net)

I came across this informational photo card about this bridge.

Posted May 29, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

"Steel truss" is stated in the description, but the photos just show a simple beam bridge...

Any more bridges planned for the park? In my opinion a relocated and restored historic metal truss bridge would be in keeping with the goals and intent of the park. Particularly with short spans like this it is easy to modify a historic bridge to provide a narrower roadway, which also increases capacity for the bridge. Many available historic truss bridges are composed of deterioration-resistant wrought iron, which functions like weathering steel.

Posted May 28, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It still shows on the 1963 topo.

Posted May 28, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A new bridge has been built with the road being straightened, but it would appear that the old bridge has been spared.

Posted May 28, 2015, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (LNER4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

Actually, the PRSL was indeed merged into Conrail, but the line that bridge was on was not part of the property transferred to Conrail. I think NJ Transit ended up taking over the right-of-way "just in case".

Posted May 28, 2015, by Jon and Mimi Kallin (jekallin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

this bridge is gone now. the caney valley school bus used to take this route.

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