As for photos. Something's better than nothing. You want better photos, go get them yourself.
(Condensing two posts into one.
Image #1: Topo map screencap showing railroad line in Clayton
Image #2: Google Books screencap showing that further providing evidence of a line
"The new (LA15) span was built over the footprint of an abandoned railroad line nearby"
For any of you who play guitar, Fender is making a small run of electric guitars out of redwood from a CCC bridge near Bakersfield that has been dismantled:
What evidence is there for the existence and location of this bridge? As I type this, you have it going over Big Lake, not the river, which, if it matters, is spelled Tensas, not Tenas. Couldn't we do some homework before we post these bridges? How about quality instead of quantity of listings... and "photos"?
No, because you're on the Brandywine River.
Is this location correct?
This is seemingly highly uncommon in pony truss configurations like this, but it's much more common in deck trusses, particularly approach spans as on the BNSF's Rock Island Bridge:
The deck is on top of the structure rather than passing through it, but all in all, both structure types appear to be constructed to handle loads in exactly the same manner. Very cool to see this in a pony truss!
I totally agree Nathan...definitely not a bedstead.
This looks similar to an August Borneman 1879 patent that I believe was referred to as a "Suspension Truss". Several of these were built in and around Fairfield County, Ohio but I'm not sure that any remain.
Definitely very rare and unique!
I visited this location May 26, 2014: the bridge is no longer there.
This is a beautiful and fascinating bridge and one of the most interesting I have seen. However, I don't know that I would describe it as a bedstead. It appears to me to be the opposite of a bedstead truss. Instead of having a superstructure (end post) that extends below the roadway, reducing the size of the substructure, this bridge appears to have a superstructure that reduces the size of (actually eliminates) a traditional end post and instead has a substructure that extends above the deck to meet the bearing location which is well above the roadway.
Thanks James, looks good now!
There's actually three Ohio Bridge companies, all different. "Directory of American Bridge Building Companies 1840-1900" by Victor Darnell gives these two:
* Ohio Bridge Co. - of Cleveland (1869-1874) - may also have operated as Rezner, Stone and Co.
* Ohio Bridge Co. - of Toledo (1896-1901)
In modern times, there's also the Ohio Bridge Corp., which started in 1952 building polygonal Warren trusses. This company is also known as U.S. Bridge, not to be confused with other firms that have been called U.S. Bridge.
To disambiguate between the three Ohio companies, I've created these categories:
* Ohio Bridge Co. of Cleveland
* Ohio Bridge Co. of Toledo
* Ohio Bridge Corp.
Note that the name of the town should be written as part of the name so the system can keep them separate (don't put the town in parentheses).
There was an error in the database. The US 75 Bridge over Moors Creek is a Prestressed Tee beam c 1930 and expanded in the mid 1970s. A country road nearby has the pony truss. The listening that was in error in the database originally. The pointer should be in the correct spot now.
Here are the plans (quality isn't the greatest) for when they were straightening KY-44 in 1931, which apparently led to this bridge being abandoned.
Here's a fun editorial:
The fracking thing makes sense until you put it in context with all of the other PA bridges that are coming out.
Thanks for clearing that up. I was always confused by this, knowing that the Covert's Crossing Bridge was far longer than 50 feet.
Interesting write-up on (presumed) recent pier repairs:
Lot of confusion here. I can say that the true Covert's Crossing Bridge was demolished in 2003. The much smaller 50 foot bridge which was stolen in 2011 was something else... and not a through truss. The UK article is only furthering the confusion by mixing the two bridges up.
Found this article out of England with a picture:
Drove or walked across the bridge every day on the way to Ashtabula High in the 60s. Don't know when they started putting asphalt on the roadbed but it had to be replaced a lot because they were putting the asphalt on top of 4x4s ? The boards would shift, cracking the asphalt. Walking or bicycling across on the side walk was quite a trip. If you went fast enough the spaces between the boards did a kaleidoscope effect and it was almost as though you were walking on air looking down at the river and the Gulf. Not a good place for high heels. Also not quite such a treat in the winter with the wind blowing off the Lake at 20˚F
A lot of us used the support towers for a great jungle gym because there was easy access around the sides at the west end of the bridge. Great picture collection!
With help from Nathan and Nels we put together this letter to all participants and then a few more. Trying to get the word out to all federal agencies that they must do more to look at preservation options.
I visited this bridge recently and it is closed to vehicular traffic. You could walk/bicycle across it.
Everybody I know calls it the Coos Bay Bridge, even though it was renamed in honor of Mr. McCullough back in 1947. The man designed some very beautiful bridges. Sadly, the bridges are reaching the end of their lifespans because, especially on coastal highway, the rusting and expanding metal rebar inside the concrete supports have been causing the concrete to crack and split. ODOT has been forced to engage in heroic efforts to try to restore and rehabilitate some of Conde's bridges, including experimental methods of running electrical currents through the rebar to slow or stop corrosion, and I understand that in many cases the restoration efforts cost many more times the original cost of the bridge. The Alsea Bay bridge was too far gone to be saved and was replaced by a modern structure built in a style similar to the original, and near here at Klamath Falls, there were two Conde McCollough bridges. The one at Spring Creek was replaced by a larger bridge of similar design to the original, while the OC&E overpass was replaced by a new bridge, which was supposed to have railings designed to match the original but due to cost concerns, this promise was not fulfilled.
Is there no relation between Ohio Bridge Co. of Cleveland and of Toledo? If so, we need James Baughn to come up with a solution to fix the conflict with the builder names. Using proper syntax, the two builders get stuck together.
This one should probably be at 41.683121, -96.174073,
over County Line Ditch. Anyone agree?
Assuming I'm looking in the right place, Google and Bing seem to show a concrete bridge at the location described on this page already. Washington county looks to need some detail work, since there seem to be more replaced bridges and unnamed streams that have names on Google maps.
Thanks for clarifying on both counts. glad to hear the bridge will be OK.
Art, unless you contact the newspaper and secure written permission it would be violation of law to post those copyrighted photos.
Also the bridge is not what I would call doomed. It has an MOA requiring the bridge be marked, dismantled, and stored and made available for reuse. The news article mentions this. Indiana is noted for doing this as opposed to Pennsylvania where a new owner must acquire the bridge immediately when it's replaced.
I'm guessing this is the bridge being replaced:\
This bridge is located in Fayette County, not Bastrop County.
This bridge is also known as the Dorland J. Henderson Memorial Bridge, so named for the inventor of the hand-rail lighting system installed on it.
The bridge has serious structural problems and is being replaced with a parallel span to its immediate south. After replacement, the existing span will be completely rehabilitated from the piers up, and will carry two westbound lanes with shoulders.
The temporary work-causeway is completed and work has begun on the foundations for the new piers. Total project completion will be in 2020.
Attached are some photos shot May 26th, 2014 showing the bridge and work in progress.
Can someone transfer the pictures to this site?
Despite not being able to come due to my practical training at a German high school during that time, I'll be willing to help whenever possible, including flyers and getting the announcements around, as well as looking for some people. Please let me know once the dates are set and I'll get going on the planning.
I guess the Iowa Weekend last year was a bit complicated as many speakers wanted to speak on Sunday instead of Saturday, plus people wanted to see the bridges they hadn't seen yet instead of the ones I had originally planned. But please keep in mind that some pontists might have family members with who would like to keep their bridgehunts on a local level. My wife chimed this criticism in last year and I will be planning the next HB weekend on a smaller scale, although it will be either 2015 or even 2016, pending on the consensus.
Let me know via e-mail what I can do to help. JS
This bridge is very much in use on a daily basis. Built by the Reading RR interesting one pier is date stamped 1920 but the other is 1926. After Apr 1976 the line became part of Conrail and is now operated by the Norfolk Southern. Line sees a healthy dose of mixed freight and intermodal with local traffic on either end along with the interchange at Mount Holly Springs to the Gettysburg Northern Railroad.
Judging by the height of the people it looks like the bridge segments are between 60 and 70 feet tall. Does that sound about right?
As I warned the people who asked me to help planning the Bridge Weekend, I am very busy, so things don't happen as quick as I might like.
We are still considering some different possible dates for the Historic Bridge Weekend which is in Michigan. One thing I would like to get a sense of from anybody who might be attending is whether they want to do the Bridge Weekend on the weekend leading up to Labor Day, so that they can participate in the famous Mackinac Bridge Walk, which is the only time you can legally walk on the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere. If (and only if) there is a lot of interest in doing the Bridge Walk, I would be willing to do it that weekend, although the dates will be very close to a massive and exhausting bridge trip I already have planned. However, maybe a lot of people have other plans for Labor Day Weekend and there wouldn't be a lot of interest in those dates. If so, we will look at other dates. So feel free to chime in. I will also eventually get an email list together and sent out with info.
I do want to STRONGLY emphasize that we intend this year's bridge weekend to be focused on simplicity... and make it as easy and relaxing for everyone involved. We plan to only have one night with an organized dinner and presentations... probably Friday. Otherwise, the focus will be on getting everyone together, having fun socializing, and visiting historic bridges.
It is a neat design in the railings, sorry I don't have more to add.
Just wanted to say that the "Kilroy was here" drawing on the deck is incomplete. Too much traffic to finish it? 8^P
I was there this weekend and it is now closed to pedestrians also.
This must be Belford bridge as on this page:
Five Parkers and a warren pony. The above page is a good resource.
Seen in the opening credits of the movie Twister, filmed in Oklahoma and in Boone, Hardin, and Story counties in Iowa.
I got lost leaving Topeka and noticed this bridge hiding between the trees from the new road. I took the time to stop and take some photos. What a great piece of workmanship and location.
There is no street view of this bridge and the address is of the closet house. 10628 SW Wanamaker Rd, Wakarusa, KS 66546
But the Google maps GPS location is ... https://email@example.com,-95.7613335,74m/data...
I had the pleasure of first meeting the Dog there then the owner who stopped me from running away from the dog and was more than happy to share the history of the bridge with me as she was instrumental in saving this historical site.
Reading the background made it even better experience.
More pictures on line at http://phatrattcentralcolo.smugmug.com/KANSAS/Scenic-and-Nat...
Phat Ratt Photography
Found this bridge on the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike Road, a pre-Dixie Hwy/US 31 road. I find several small bridges in KY of this particular design and they are interesting to me. Fellow bridgehunter J.P. calls them "Church Bridges" due to the fact that the cut out pattern in the railings resemble a church. Anyway, anyone with more info on these kinds of bridges please comment.
The NBI build date on this bridge is not correct. It may have been a rehab date, but the build date is more likely a 1930's date.
Found this bridge completely by accident. Located about 20 yards from current alignment of Old US 31 E. Bridge has to be very old, thought it was an older surviving bridge of US 31, but is an old railroad bridge.
The piers are for an old Louisville & Nashville overpass: http://www.abandonedrails.com/Gallatin_to_Scottsville
At the north end of this bridge the road passes between supports of a bridge that is no longer there. I am wondering if the supports are from an older bridge or an old railroad bridge? Please comment.
Penn dot is pursuing a historuc bridge analysis and lookibg to preserve at least the best exames in the regions. FHWA is looking at using documantation mitigation money differently. They are talking to us experts Tony. We were on a conference call with dot and shpo....looking to save Wileys in place now as they got some pushback. Still an expensive fix that they dont know how to fund.
Funny this location was my childhood swimming hole. I never once thought of any historical significance. After reading the document it references 4 family members. I feel very attached to the bridge.
Interesting details of the issues:
Interesting structure....NBI says it was built in 1959, but if you look you will see that there is an older stone arch structure on the inside of the arch. The bridge was widened in 1959 and the NBI records that as the build year. However the real question is..When was the original portion built? Anyone knows please comment. My guess is that this portion of the road (US 31E) was part of the eastern leg of the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike (Dixie Highway), and the bridge was built when the Turnpike was built. My guess..and that would put the build date in the 1830's-1850's era.
Whoever said that this bridge was collapsed or destroyed is wrong. This bridge (fortunately) is still here and open to traffic. I took pics today. Perhaps another bridge got confused with this one, but this bridge is still here. I changed the status to reflect this.
Thank you for the fantastic write-up. It was really helpful to my understanding of the company's history.
Tony, I think attitudes are slowly starting to change at PENNDOT.
5-23-14: BRIDGE CLOSED... Unknown open date.
Bridge has been replaced by UCEB per Google Earth.
My pictures and notes show the original bridge over the Hood River to be a steel polygonal through truss with wood approaches and deck.
Thanks for your terrific site, a wealth of information.
I don't think that PennDOT really cares if they get the date right James... Just a shallow effort to fulfill a requirement.
What you have here is essentially 2 different companies Art...
The Columbia Bridge Works was started by David Morrison about 1852 and operated by him until his death from Liver cancer in 1882. I have read that he had 4 sons who worked with him at times, but only Charles (C.C.) was known to have been a constant partner with his father. CBW was known for it's wrought iron Prat trusses that featured simple looking members made from rolled iron and held together with rivets and spacers. No built up members or lacing were present in these early structures. Beautiful cast iron portal bracing was also a very prominent feature. The Tom's Run and Negley Bridges are 2 of the best examples remaining from this era.
In his passing, the elder Morrison left the company to 3 of his sons including Charles. At some point after that the firm was renamed the Columbia Bridge Company. Although the open-letter Columbia Bridge Works sign was used consistently through the years, if you look at the smaller plaque that hung below it you will notice a change over time. Below is a close-up of the St. Clair St. Bridge plaque which reads "Columbia Bridge Company" "Successors to D.H. & C.C. Morrison". Although documentation of this firm is somewhat limited, I wonder if Charles was either bought out by his brothers or parted ways with them possibly over the direction the company was going in. While consistency seemed to be a staple of the original firm, the revamped operation tended to be constantly changing things probably in an effort to increase revenue. The castings were replaced with latticed bracing, and built-up members were present in many (but not all) of their spans. That open-letter Columbia Bridge Works sign was the only constant element through the years. A date of the company's final demise is uncertain, but there is documentation that they struggled to fulfill some of their contracts in those later years.
As for the Hays Bridge in Hancock County, Indiana...
I was the inspector for the engineering firm that designed the rehabilitation of this span in 2006. The 1887 bridge was actually designed by Winfield Fries, who was the county engineer at that time. The county actually still has the drawings for it and it is interesting to note that they were labeled "Murphin Bridge" at the top, which was crossed out and relabeled "Hays Bridge". The Murphin Bridge was another span that crossed Sugar Creek in the same vicinity but has since long vanished. Obviously the 2 spans were identical in their design, but it is not certain if Columbia manufactured the trusses for both. In the Hancock County Highway Department offices is a beautiful framed drawing of the Duncan Bridge. This was another Fries designed span that crossed Sugar Creek in the Southern part of the county. It was substantially longer and featured skewed trusses.
As for plaques on the Hays Bridge, I was told that the highway department did have a CBW plaque at one time. However, the engineer that designed the rehabilitation said that the holes on the plaque didn't match up with those on the Hays Bridge. Replicated plaques that pay homage to the designer and fabricator now adorn the span.
Another mystery is why the historic marker says it was built in 1920. County records (as cited by the Historic American Engineering Report) show that the contract with the King Bridge Co. was made in January 1893.
Pictures of bridge taken March 10, 2010 by Matt Hays:
Well, the deck isn't pristine:
Thanks, That explains the confusion on the name.
Not that I am in a position to attend but ... for the others.
What is the status of the Historic Bridge Weekend 2014?
I was under the impression Nathan Holth was running it as the chosen location was Michigan. By now, compared to previous years, there should be something mentioned.
"Oh there's a band that's going to play ..." or "I've got a seer coming who will contact Squire Whipple from the other side. He's not happy that people are tearing down his bridges." or "Motel 6 won't accept us so I've made reservations at Hotel 3."
Knecht is often mistranslated as the English word knight. Knecht is actually servant or helper and kavalier is knight but I've heard the two mixed up for years. Here's a common example:
Why is it called Knecht Bridge when all historical documents reference it as Knight bridge. Also documents say it was built 1893 . Bridge plaque 1920.
I was looking at the pictures of the various Columbia Bridge Works bridges and this one looks very different. Even St. Clair Street bridge is very different. To my eye, the structural elements only seem similar to the Oakdale Dam Bridge. I wonder if Hays Bridge, at one time, had the plaques and cast trim that can be seen in the Oakdale Dam bridge barrel shot and this decoration has been lost over the years. Any thoughts?
The bridge you drew and added is long gone. The bridge you originally had mapped here is a thru truss swing:
The Spring Lake Bridge was nearby, but crossed the narrow area of water that connected Spring Lake to the Grand River. It was demolished long before I got into bridges which is why its not on HistoricBridges.org.
This bridge is being replaced starting in June 2014. Netting is already in place to prevent swallows from building nests on the bridge.
Inspected this bridge on 5/20/2014. According to MnDOT District 6 personnel, it is scheduled to be replaced in 2018.
The town is deciding whether the repair or destroy:
Article about interest:
A nice piece on the ongoing rehab -
AND here we have confirmation that Douglas has the right position: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SuSk0RlM3zQ/UQgu1IsZz-I/AAAAAAAAo5...
There are what appear to be old bridge piers due south of the Beaufort Channel Bridge.
This bridge is shown at the same location as the previously listed and soon to be replaced Beaufort Channel Bridge.
Make that, of course, "there" not "their".
The bridge is currently shown at a location where there is no railroad crossing.
What evidence is there for the existence and location of this bridge? Might it be the bridge already listed, on the river, just north of I-10?
As I type this, the bridge is shown on English Bayou, not the Calcasieu River, at an old highway crossing, not an existing railroad crossing. What evidence is their for the existence and location of this bridge? Might it be the bridge already listed, on the river, just north of I-10?
Add't'l repairs completed.
this bridge is now doomed.
I remember when I was working with this bridge page.
Don't remember if I added it or just edited it though.
Can't believe I would've misspelled the name since the link I put in the description clearly says Pendleton. The Pendleton Bridge Resort Marina is also shown on Google maps to the northeast of the bridge.
Oh, well. maybe it was a bad day or late night. 8^P
Check this page. They're selling lake maps with 54 waypoints defining submerged bridges in Toledo Bend.
If you had your own sidescan, you could go submerged bridge hunting, get coordinates, then check old maps.
Those who like diving could visit the bridges and get photos.
Underwater stuff is fascinating.
A bridge similar to this is at 30.238183, -93.246938, but one truss has been replaced with a girder span. Could this be the correct location of this bridge?
Attached is the Historic Bridge Inventory sheets for this bridge.
Will be interested in seeing photos of this span built by my hometown firm.
Any chance you can share links to the videos? Thanks!
Douglas Butler's drawings remind me that a friend of mine painted this bridge last week.
He does sell some of his creations, at farmer's markets, on the spot, or by arrangement.
I took pictures of this wonderful old bridge Summer 2006. Had planned to come back for more detailed ones but alas, I was unable to. This bridge was called Conboy Bridge, for a nearby landowner at the time it was built. I have a little history but it is at home. I will post picture(s) and info in a few days. I am an editor so I will update all of this then. Stay Tuned......
I found two videos on Facebook of this bridge being demolished on May 19, 2014.
Found a Sonar Image of what's left of the structure here: http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/62... only the piers remain standing but inundated.