Melissa Brand-Welch

About Me 

Email: melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

I'm not an outdoor kind of girl unless I'm hunting for bridges.I am originally from Maunie Illinois and currently live in Carmi Illinois. My favorite areas are the Little Wabash river bridges and anything abandoned. Apparently I'm a Pontist !

Favorite Photos 

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Sigler Bridge

Sigler Bridge (White County, Illinois)

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NYC - Mud Creek Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)

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Cherry Shoals Bridge

Cherry Shoals Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Portal view

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CCC&StL Railroad Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Side view from Route 1

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Tait Bridge

Tait Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)

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Recent Updates 

Mason Road - Thornapple Creek Bridge (Eaton County, Michigan)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Thornapple Creek on Mason Road
June 26, 2019: Added
Mason Road - Thornapple Creek Bridge (Eaton County, Michigan)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Thornapple Creek on Mason Road
June 26, 2019: New photo
Ionia Road - Thornapple River Bridge (Eaton County, Michigan)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Thornapple River on Ionia Road
June 26, 2019: Added
Ionia Road - Thornapple River Bridge (Eaton County, Michigan)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Thornapple River on Ionia Road
June 26, 2019: New photo
Newman Road - Pine River Bridge (St. Clair County, Michigan)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Pine River Bridge on Newman Road
June 26, 2019: Added
Newman Road - Pine River Bridge (St. Clair County, Michigan)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Pine River Bridge on Newman Road
June 26, 2019: New photos
Sprague Street - Coldwater River Bridge (Branch County, Michigan)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Coldwater River on Sprague Street
June 26, 2019: Added
Sprague Street - Coldwater River Bridge (Branch County, Michigan)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Coldwater River on Sprague Street
June 26, 2019: New photo
Katherine Station Road - Pond Creek Bridge (Bullitt County, Kentucky)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Pond Creek on Katherine Station Road
June 26, 2019: Added
Katherine Station Road - Pond Creek Bridge (Bullitt County, Kentucky)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Pond Creek on Katherine Station Road
June 26, 2019: New photos
Somerlayton Bridge (Berrien County, Michigan)
Lost truss bridge over St. Joseph River on MI 139
June 25, 2019: Added
Somerlayton Bridge (Berrien County, Michigan)
Lost truss bridge over St. Joseph River on MI 139
June 25, 2019: New photo
Riverside Bridge (Berrien County, Michigan)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Paw Paw River on Coloma Road
June 25, 2019: Added
Walton Road Bridge (Berrien County, Michigan)
Lost Baltimore through truss bridge over St.Joseph River on River Street
June 25, 2019: New photo
Riverside Bridge (Berrien County, Michigan)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Paw Paw River on Coloma Road
June 25, 2019: New photo
Walton Road Bridge (Berrien County, Michigan)
Lost Baltimore through truss bridge over St.Joseph River on River Street
June 24, 2019: New photo
Napier Bridge (Berrien County, Michigan)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over St. Joseph River & Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad on Napier Avenue
June 24, 2019: New photo
Napier Bridge (Oldest) (Berrien County, Michigan)
Lost Through truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Napier Avenue
June 24, 2019: Added
Napier Bridge (Oldest) (Berrien County, Michigan)
Lost Through truss bridge over St. Joseph River on Napier Avenue
June 24, 2019: New photo
Lydell Road - Honey Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Honey Creek on Lydell Road
June 24, 2019: Added
Lydell Road - Honey Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Honey Creek on Lydell Road
June 24, 2019: New photos
CR 45 - Manns Fork Salt Creek Bridge (Old) (Muskingum County, Ohio)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Manns Fork Salt Creek on County Road 45
June 23, 2019: Added
CR 45 - Manns Fork Salt Creek Bridge (Old) (Muskingum County, Ohio)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Manns Fork Salt Creek on County Road 45
June 23, 2019: New photo
Main Steet Bridge (Butler County, Ohio)
Lost Baltimore through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Main Street
June 23, 2019: New photo
Needmore Road - Great Miami River Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Needmore Road
June 23, 2019: Added
Needmore Road - Great Miami River Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Needmore Road
June 23, 2019: New photo
Rock Mills Bridge (Fayette County, Ohio)
Lost Through truss bridge over Paint Creek on Miami Trace Road
June 23, 2019: Added
Rock Mills Bridge (Fayette County, Ohio)
Lost Through truss bridge over Paint Creek on Miami Trace Road
June 23, 2019: New photos
Klinger Road - Stillwater River Bridge (Miami County, Ohio)
Lost Through truss bridge over Stillwater River on Klinger Road
June 23, 2019: Added
Klinger Road - Stillwater River Bridge (Miami County, Ohio)
Lost Through truss bridge over Stillwater River on Klinger Road
June 23, 2019: New photo
Seven Mile Creek Bridge - Older (Preble County, Ohio)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Seven Mile Creek on OH 725
June 23, 2019: New photo
Seven Mile Creek Bridge - Older (Preble County, Ohio)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Seven Mile Creek on OH 725
June 23, 2019: New photo
OH 48 - Stillwater River Bridge (Miami County, Ohio)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Stillwater River on OH 48
June 23, 2019: Added
OH 48 - Stillwater River Bridge (Miami County, Ohio)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Stillwater River on OH 48
June 23, 2019: New photo
Gaysport Bridge (Muskingum County, Ohio)
Pony truss bridge over Muskingum River on CR 66
June 22, 2019: New photo
Gaysport Bridge (3rd) (Muskingum County, Ohio)
Lost through truss bridge over Muskingum River on CR 66
June 22, 2019: New photo
Mohican Trail - Clear Fork Mohican River Bridge (Richland County, Ohio)
Pratt through truss bridge over Clear Fork Mohican River on Mohican Trail
June 21, 2019: New photos
Cook-Yankeetown Road - Paint Creek Bridge (Fayette County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Paint Creek on Cook-Yankeetown
June 21, 2019: Added
Cook-Yankeetown Road - Paint Creek Bridge (Fayette County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Paint Creek on Cook-Yankeetown
June 21, 2019: New photos
Plymouth-Springmill Road - Black Fork Mohican River Bridge (Richland County, Ohio)
Lost Through truss bridge over Black Fork Mohican River on Plymouth-Springmill Road
June 21, 2019: Added
Plymouth-Springmill Road - Black Fork Mohican River Bridge (Richland County, Ohio)
Lost Through truss bridge over Black Fork Mohican River on Plymouth-Springmill Road
June 21, 2019: New photos
11th Street - Raccoon Creek Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on 11th Street
June 20, 2019: Added
11th Street - Raccoon Creek Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on 11th Street
June 20, 2019: New photo
Wilson Street - Raccoon Creek Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on Wilson Street
June 20, 2019: Added
Wilson Street - Raccoon Creek Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on Wilson Street
June 20, 2019: New photo
Manning Street - North Fork Licking River Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over North Fork Licking River on Manning Street
June 20, 2019: Added
Manning Street - North Fork Licking River Bridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over North Fork Licking River on Manning Street
June 20, 2019: New photo
West Gladstone Bridge (Delta County, Michigan)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Escanaba River on County Road 420
June 20, 2019: Added
West Gladstone Bridge (Delta County, Michigan)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Escanaba River on County Road 420
June 20, 2019: New photo
Hamilton Street Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
Lost Through Truss over Deer Creek on Hamilton Street in Delphi
June 19, 2019: New photo

Recent Comments 

Posted June 26, 2019

Thanks Tony!

Posted June 26, 2019

A Whipple!

Posted June 26, 2019

Thanks Tony !

Posted June 26, 2019

Thanks Tony !

Posted June 26, 2019

Thanks Tony!

Bridge comment
Posted June 26, 2019

I Swear I didn't search for it. I was searching Dismantled in Michigan and it popped up.

Bridge comment
Posted June 26, 2019

Might need help identifying this...lol...

Posted June 26, 2019

It's a lot to read but an interesting history.

Posted June 26, 2019

Thank you to Tony and Luke for your assistance! Luke, I Definitely knew I needed help with the railroad information.

Posted June 25, 2019

Thank you Nathan. I appreciate your kind words. I quite enjoy the history behind the Lost bridges. I can't field visit as often as I'd like so this is a way for me to contribute.

Bureau County Illinois
Posted June 25, 2019

Dana and Kay, check out BH83776

Posted June 25, 2019

I have not found an Exact construction date yet but I'm still looking.

Posted June 25, 2019

Thank Tony !

Posted June 24, 2019

Thanks Tony ! This was an interesting project.

Posted June 24, 2019

Thank you as always!