I am assuming this bridge is a shorter version of this design:
I am hoping to see the still abandoned bridges in this area become part of the Latah Trail. I know that the county owns most of the grade, but it appears there may be gaps where private owners still own the grade.
This bridge is listed as a 72' lattice deck girder with a skew. It likely dates to the 1890s, when the design was commonly used. I am assuming the main lattice girder was modified to add a skew, and was certainly relocated here.
Link to YouTube video
Still functional and a must to see while en route to Jarbidge, NV. I thought the valve house under the core was pretty shmexy, so I shot it. The road is not something I would take my Kenworth across with a trailer, but more than sufficient for anything in the personal vehicle world.
The county has reached an agreement with the tribe
This tunnel is in very poor condition, there are cave-ins at both entrances, fresh cracks in the ceiling, and several support beams are beginning to fail.
This rail has spanned the canyon on its own for 10 years.
Bridge #50.1 is listed here as having been built in 1889. This date seems reasonable for the structure, but no original location can be found yet. As the NPRHA continues to scan these highly valuable documents, I have no doubts we will learn of the origins of this bridge.
Looks like there is a missing plaque in photo 8. I can't tell what company it is though.
The trusses and girders were definitely moved here in 1927. The girders appear to be a standard 1890s design, with a third girder line added. As the NPRHA continues to add more AFEs, we will likely find more information on these spans. However, they are not currently published.
Typical melodramatic county commissioners... they should be losing sleep over wasting taxpayer's money for a slab that isn't needed!
Hey, I found a couple bridges after being inspired by a night of racing around in Ubisoft's The Crew. Weirder things have happened.
Thanks for finishing the categories. I was pretty sure it was a Pratt, but I'm still learning. I don't know what caused my seemingly random curiosity about this bridge, other than maybe a new interest in Idaho, with the recent addition of Idaho to American Truck Simulator, but I'm glad I researched it.
This is the wrong location. The BVRy ran on the Broadway Bridge, not next to it. This bridge was on the west side next to the state highway bridge where it joined West Fairview Ave. Coordinates are approx. 43.6188847, -116.2281297
I do question if this is a railroad span or not. The width and portals scream railroad, the rest of the bridge makes me have some doubts. This could either be a former narrow gauge logging railroad span or a frankenbridge if it is indeed a railroad span.
I agree with Luke on this one... A relocated span.
It also looks to be a relocated truss...
This is actually a through truss bridge, rather than a pony truss, as originally listed. I've added a link with pictures and adjusted the listings. Cool looking bridge, but it appears to be closed.
Just posted an article on this bridge with some screen shots. I do believe this bridge is a rare gem that should be preserved and listed on the National Register. Link: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/10/01/mys... Any leads and information can be posted here. Good luck!
Not the right bridge, but I'm guessing this one is...
It would have been finished in 1926 which is the date given.
I believe this is the bridge my grandfather, L.C. (Aaron) Hampton was one of the 4 carpenters engaged in building the concrete forms of this bridge? There is a newspaper article in The Idaho Recorder, Nov 27, 1925, Front page. It tells of the men, the materials, etc. It mentions a temporary bridge purchased from W.J. Hoffman on Wagonhammer Creek. Could this be it?
And this bridge is still in use today but private--It was closed to the public after the Deer Creek Bridge was built by the F&Game to access Hat Creek area and the Deer Creek camping area about 1ish miles down river from Ellis, Idaho--the F&G i think still has an easement across the old bridge F&G helped pay for the replacement of the Cable bridge so they could have an easement across the newer bridge--The easement crossed the bridge then immediately turned down river and the easement went on down river but it was allowed to wash out so they could close the easement--
Back in the 60,s this bridge was a cable bridge--not a steel type--Remember taking a loaded fuel truck over to gas up the ranch and it was a weird bridge as one would sink down and the boards would rise in front of me--It was replaced with the one you are mentioning at a later date so the date must be wrong--??
In case any of ya'll want to blow almost $2,000 on a already-built version of the brass model: https://www.ebay.com/itm/HO-BRASS-OMI-CAMAS-PRAIRE-STEEL-SWI...
I think it's corrected now.
Geoff's picture is not of the Broadway bridge. It's of the BVT's railroad only bridge https://bridgehunter.com/id/canyon/bvr-boise-river/
Not sure whose reference is right, but the new picture is of a multi span Whipple with Phoenix Columns. The listing is for a Pennsylvania through truss. Either way, great bridge in the picture!
Well I hope they install a lightweight concrete deck that won't add too much weight to this beauty.
Love the plaques!
Deck replacement planned
My luck going through NP records has came to a screeching halt with the three major truss bridges on this line. The most I can currently find on this one is that the approaches were originally supposed to be 155' Through trusses from Yellowstone Division, 3rd Subdivision. However, this improvement was cancelled in 1914. At that time, the Whipple did show up in drawings, deepening the mystery.
Although I know almost nothing about bridges, I did live in Clark Fork for decades. The original railroad bridge was built around 1891 - at least, the historical society has photos of the builder's camp during construction from that time. The original wagon bridge (now gone) was built in 1919. The local papers noted it featured "five steel spans, each 200 feet long, resting on six concrete piers." When the original railroad bridge was replaced in 1957, Northern Pacific paid the county to take over their old bridge, which became a one-way bridge designed for heavy loads - up to 250 tons. The original old wagon bridge was still being used by pedestrians 'til 1999. In 2002 the county secured funding to build a new vehicle bridge alongside the old railroad bridge. The railroad bridge was converted to a pedestrian bridge, and the original Wagon Bridge was torn down.
While looking for information on the Camas, Washington wagon bridge, Google served me up a listing for an HO scale brass model of this bridge, which features amazing detail of the Phoenix columns and portals.
Wow another beautiful memorable historical truss being needlessly destroyed. What a waste of tax payer dollars. As if they couldn't locate the new slab of cement a little way up the river and leave the beautiful historic truss up as at least a foot bridge. Wasting money and destroying our legacies of the past seems to be a hallmark of this dreadful present day!
350 cars a day? There is nothing but a couple houses on the other side. Talk about an inflated ADT count. This bridge actually appears to have been cared for and now they want to scrap it? They say Ignorance is Bliss...
This is probably one of the longest such pin connected truss bridges in the state/region, yet that is not saving it from demolition.
From the county website:
Cherry Lane Bridge, Sponsor: Nez Perce County, Key # 9070
Description: This is a bridge replacement project over the Clearwater River on Cherry Lane Road off US12 in Nez Perce County. Roadway approaches, including US12, will be improved as a part of the project.
Status: The project has environmental approval as of March 2015. The consultant submitted right-of-way plans and legal descriptions. The right-of-way negotiations are in process.
Project Manager: Scott Ellsworth
Construction Year: 2020
If I was one of the whopping 30 people (Cars) that crossed daily, I would sure as Hell rather look at a beautiful historic truss bridge than an ugly slab of concrete!
This bridge managed to keep all 4 of its plaques. Unfortunately, Google Streetview doesn't give a good angle on any of them.
It's been closed for 4 years. "Temporarily" closed for inspection in 2015, which everything they were worried about (Pins) passed inspection BUT the roadbed was (and clearly is) in such bad shape that they didn't reopen it.
There's apparently plans to reuse it as part of a cycling trail, which I hope comes to fruition.
6-17-2019 We visited this bridge. It is no longer open to automobiles and looks like it's been closed for quite a while. Took some photos to add to the file.
This is ex GN now BNSF.
This bridge is famous for a scene in "Breakheart Pass" (1975) staring Charles Bronson. The train stops in the middle of the bridge and the Fireman falls to his death (in the movie of course). Charles Bronson walks all the way to the bottom to pronounce the man dead.
I am keenly interested in the history of this bridge. Merry
Contractor and personnel assigned.
Respectfully, John K
Okay,Clark.Just thought I'd mention what I saw on satellite view.
Multiple tunnels, none listed--yet.
I saw a tunnel on satellite view near this bridge.Is that tunnel on Bridgehunters?
Half Moon trestle played a prominent role in the movie Breakheart Pass with Charles Bronson.
Do you have information regarding the bridge on Pancheri that crosses the river? Specifically, when it was built and rebuilt (if it has been) and was it damaged/breeched during the Teton Dam flood in '76.
https://advrider.com/f/threads/show-us-your-bike-the-bridge.... (and following posts) have photos of the construction of the bridge
https://advrider.com/f/threads/show-us-your-bike-the-bridge.... has an image of it. It's an unusual half span suspension bridge.
Based on https://books.google.com/books?id=ziv-CAAAQBAJ&pg=PA329&dq=w... both bridges are part of the trail and Pegram is more intended for backpacker/hikers and equestrians.
the fact that the trail has been rerouted is a little disconcerting
does anyone have info on the bridge for the trail? https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-114.3460724,3a,22.9... shows it, has enough rust in the 2012 photo that it isn't *that* new but I have no idea as to age.
10-16-2018 beautiful Fall Afternoon 67 a ove.
If you like Ospreys you will find LOTS of them on bridges in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, etc. If the nest is in use, angry Ospreys will fly around squawking while you walk on the bridge. An unfortunate side effect of the nesting is the immense amount of "droppings" that drip down the side of the bridge. Aside from possible adverse effects to the steel and paint, this can be visually unpleasant. The Armitage Bridge in Oregon had its beautiful portal bracing covered in white streaks when I was there. I know there are man-made Osprey nest towers that can be built, I wish they would build some near the bridges so they can nest in peace nearby.
According to this Northern Pacific bridge book:
The truss was built here in 1916, indicating it was likely relocated. Could it be possible that this was originally a stationary span built elsewhere in the 1880s, and moved here?
I saw a number of timber suspension pedestrian bridges. This seems to be a typical example.
Karl - Thanks for the history!
I saw this bridge through the trees as I was driving west on US12 - but time and my long trailer prevented me from stopping and exploring. My research since make me really regret that I didn't try harder to get to it.
I found a stock photo here:
That, plus my memory and Douglas's drawing provided the data for the sketch I added. The sketch is probably not dimensionally accurate, but it shows the unusually construction.
I spotted this soon enough as I was driving by I didn't even have to turn around! It is a fine old span in good repair. And as a bonus - there was an osprey nesting on the span. I didn't have a lot of time but I got a few photos of the bridge and of the nest. I added the nest to Osprey Watch.
As I drove past I first though "That's a strange deck - and a rather light trestle - for a railroad." I dropped a waypoint and looked into it later and from satellite it's obvious it carries water!
I didn't have time to stop, and no time to get my camera out - so sorry that I don't have any photos.
But here is a streetview link.
I doubt the 1939 build date for this bridge. There are no dates on the bridge, and 1939 would mean that this bridge was built after the Upper West Branch bridge on highway 57, which is a much more modern design. The style of this bridge, along with it's low 12"1' clearance and very light weight rating, combined with the 1925 date for the construction of the Dickensheet Bridge up stream, both of which are part of the old road from Priest River, ID to Coolin on Priest Lake, would lead me to think this bridge was built probably in the mid 1920's.
I think this is the same bridge as https://bridgehunter.com/id/shoshone/st-joe-river/
Volume numbers for those Engineering News articles? Google Books indexes them by volume.
This is definitely Interstate 90.
The bridge has not shifted. The Google Earth image is distorted.
I am wondering how far down it is from the top of the bridge to the water. I don't check my email very often, so if possible please send a text with the info about it. My phone number is 208-360-5357 Thank you.
Story on planned replacement:
Bridge has collapsed. Unknown why.
Not seeing this bridge as lost...last I looked it was still standing in 2016 imagery.
According to the linked article, it's the old pony truss from White Bird, Idaho (https://bridgehunter.com/id/idaho/29405/):
Based on google imagery it looks like the bridge is in place, google street view show it sitting waiting to be put into place after a fresh red paint was added. Thoughts or any info appreciated.
State of Idaho has closed it. We live in Island Park ID
Like your website!
My guess is they relocated it here long ago, and took out some center panels. It would be easy with a pin-connected truss.
Looks like a 4 slope Parker truss to me. Nice find!
I'm not sure of the design of this bridge or unable to locate a history.
John and I had the exact same thought a couple of days ago.
An article on the construction of the new bridge confirms that they were relocated:
(Clipping source: https://books.google.com/books?id=zhY4AQAAMAAJ&q=rolling+a+n... )
The second Omaha bridge had four 250-foot, eleven-panel Whipple trusses, and two tracks. The first Plattsmouth bridge's two Whipple spans were moved to a Des Moines River bridge, UP moved Pegram trusses to Idaho, and C&NW moved spans from the first Blair bridge to Wyoming. Some chance that these two spans are from Omaha?
Sorry. Moved too fast.
You mean US-90. I-90 lies far, far, to the south.
Reminds me of the Mercer Pike Bridge incident in Pennsylvania. Although as a more complicated Pratt through truss intended to be reused on a highway, "piecing together" was not an option with that bridge.
Carefully written contracts, on-site monitoring by the owner, and most importantly skilled contractors are essential to preventing this.
Lastly, Kingpost truss bridges were not a standard bridge type in 1950, since steel stringer bridges were very economical for this span length. The bridge probably was either relocated in 1950, or pieced together from parts of another bridge in 1950.
So, write those contracts carefully!
So I guess the company hired to move the truss, decided lets just cut it up. Glad the county didn't give up on it.
Bridge closed as of today for demolition. Will be replaced and reopened by the end of November.
The side platforms may have been for water barrels for fire fighting purposes. It was common on long trestles to have some water in case the steam locomotive dropped some hot cinders which started a fire.
I visited this bridge in 2004 before the rails to trails program restored the deck and installed safety railings. I walked across it with my son and it was in fairly good shape. It had two small side platforms that were mostly rotted away. They were just enough area to stand at one time. Not sure what they were built for? I have many pictures from that day if anyone is interested I will try and find them. This rail line was built during the push by the railroads to cash in on the many eager people wanting to explore Yellowstone and Teton Park and also to transport agricultural goods from Teton Valley Idaho and some of the communities along the way. The line reached as far as Victor Idaho and tourists could travel by bus from there over Teton Pass to Jackson Hole and from there on in to the parks. Sometime in the early 1980s they quit running trains to Victor and made the end of the line the little town of Tetonia which lies about 15 miles before Victor. Tetonia had several large grain elevators that serviced the area farmers. I remember seeing the train pull in to Victor as a child. It still had one car available as a coach car and you could catch a train from Ashton to Victor. I also drove grain trucks from my family's farm in Teton Valley to Tetonia and watched the grain being loaded on the train, even helping the elevator operator move the train cars into position. Sometime in the early 90s they quit running trains on the branch completely and within a few years pulled tracks and ties leaving only the bed and two magnificent trestles, this one and another one South of here on Bitch Creek Canyon. Both are beautiful industrial works of art with massive steel beams and wood timbers. The railroads talked of removing them for liability reasons before the pathway organization saved them.
Okay, the new location makes much more sense.
Yeah- I fixed the coordinates and added dates based off the postcard that was linked; should've thought to remove the Streetview as well.
I've found that the streetview (Which I've deleted since a bridge replaced in the 30s wouldn't have one.) is pointing at a trail bridge.
I have no idea what the Streetview is pointing at... this listing appears to be for a previous bridge over the large, deep, Lake Pend Oreille (note my correct spelling) which even today retains a full size swing bridge on the adjacent RR bridge.
Is this the right bridge? This little stream seems rather small for a lift bridge.
Surprised nobody has commented about this bridge. The bridge shows evidence of widespread alteration, since there are a massive number of empty river holes on the portal and sway bracing. My first guess would be that the bridge was narrowed... which also makes one wonder if the bridge was relocated and reused at this location. It would be interesting to know. Finally, taking into consideration the alterations, what I can see of the bridge leads me to believe that this bridge may be the work of famous engineer George Morison. The large lattice portal and sway bracing, Whipple truss configuration, and the arrangement and composition of some of the truss members are what suggests this possibility.
Here is a picture of the bridge when new:
This is a swing bridge over a non-navigable river. When the Clearwater River Railroad wars were taking place, the Northern Pacific and Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation (OWR&N) were racing towards the Kamiah region with its bountiful forests and just as bountiful fields of grain. The first one there would grab the honeypot. The NP was winning the war but the OWN&R had an upper hand. They convinced a judge that the Clearwater river (average depths of some 6 feet) was navigable and also that it was of such quality that a steamboat could navigate it, and therefore a bridge - an expensive movable bridge was necessary per US law.
In the spring thaw the river does indeed become a raging torrent and the OWN&R folks knew this. On a spring day they convinced the captain of a sternwheeler based in nearby Lewiston, rumored to be a notorious drunk, to make the run to Kamiah on dare. And he took up the challenge. With Judge and Jury on hand the steamboat made its one and only entry into Kamiah and the judge ordered that a movable bridge be built.
The motor mechanism is long removed and the rails welded close but the large bull gear remains.
I think that I feel your pain.
I wish I was an artist
And could store drawings online
Guess james likes cleanup.
I think if you can post in the forum you should have the skills to add into the photo area.
There are times when it is nice to see random images in the forum. I do it myself.
So I let it annoy me But this is not cool.
This bridge was lost in 1989. The plaque that is shown in one of the photos was recovered and was archived at the Owyhee County Museum in Murphy.
One of the more interesting bridges I found. I wonder what happened to the bridge's center span.....unless the current center span is original to the bridge?