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 !

Recent Updates 

Carmi Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Little Wabash River on Fap-332 (Ill-1)
November 11, 2018: Added
IL 141 Unnamed Creek Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Unnamed creek on Fap-877 (Ill-141)
November 11, 2018: Added
IL 141 LWR Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Little Wabash River on Fap-877 (Ill-141)
November 11, 2018: Added
IL 141 Drainage Ditch Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Drainage Ditch on Fap-877 (Ill-141)
November 11, 2018: Added
US 45 - L&N Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over L&N Railroad on Fap-328 (Us-45)
November 11, 2018: Added
Mackey Ferry Road Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)
Steel stringer bridge over Branch of Pitcher Creek on Mackey Ferry Road (CR 800S)
November 10, 2018: New Street View added
Deer Creek Bridge (Wayne County, Illinois)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Deer Creek on TR 406
November 10, 2018: New photo
S Fork Cypress Creek Bridge (Gallatin County, Illinois)
Beam bridge over S Fork Cypress Creek on Fas 888
November 10, 2018: New Street View added
Brickyard Bridge (Gallatin County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Ohio River Tributary on Ill 13
November 7, 2018: New Street View added
New Haven Bridge (Gallatin County, Illinois)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Wabash River
November 5, 2018: Added
PC - Crossville Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over branch of Crooked Creek
November 5, 2018: New photos
PC - Crossville Elliott Street Overpass (White County, Illinois)
Remnants of PC railroad overpass
November 5, 2018: Added
PC - Crossville Elliott Street Overpass (White County, Illinois)
Remnants of PC railroad overpass
November 5, 2018: New photos
Icg Rr Bridge over Thompsonville Road #2 (Franklin County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Fas 868 - Thompsonville Road on Icg Rr
November 4, 2018: New Street View added
Icg Rr Bridge over Thompsonville Road #1 (Franklin County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Fas 868 - Thompsonville Road on Icg Rr
November 4, 2018: New Street View added
CN - IL 14 Overpass (Franklin County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over IL 14 on IC Railroad
November 4, 2018: New Street View added
BNSF - Christopher Overpass (Franklin County, Illinois)
Girder bridge over Fap 869-Il 14 on BNSF Overpass
November 4, 2018: New Street View added
CN - Corinth Road Overpass (Williamson County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Corinth Road (CH 2) on Canadian National Railway
November 4, 2018: New Street View added
PC - Norris City Overpass (White County, Illinois)
Lost Arch bridge over US 45 on Penn Cent Railroad
November 4, 2018: New photos
Little Wabash Bridge (Shelby County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Little Wabash on TR 385
November 3, 2018: New Street View added
Randolph Street Bridge (Hamilton County, Illinois)
Concrete deck girder bridge over IL 14 (W. Randolph Street) on L&N Railroad
November 3, 2018: New Street View added
Indian Creek Bridge (Lawrence County, Illinois)
Abandoned concrete pony/through girder bridge over Indian Creek on Old IL 1
November 2, 2018: New photos
Synder Creek Railroad Bridge (Clark County, Illinois)
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Snyder Creek on former railroad
November 2, 2018: New photos
Mill Creek Railroad Bridge (Clark County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over Mill Creek on former railroad
November 2, 2018: New photos
NYC - Allendale Railroad Bridge (Wabash County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over unnamed creek
November 2, 2018: New photos
Coffee Creek Railroad Bridge (Wabash County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over Coffee Creek
November 2, 2018: New photos
Bonpas Creek Railroad Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)
Lost bridge over Bonpas Creek
November 2, 2018: New photos
NYC - Mud Creek Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Mud Creek on Former railroad
November 2, 2018: New photos
Sugar Creek US 50 Bridge (Clinton County, Illinois)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Sugar Creek on Unused Portion of US 50
November 1, 2018: New Street View added
Shoal Creek US 50 Bridge (Clinton County, Illinois)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Shoal Creek on Unused Portion of US 50
November 1, 2018: New Street View added
Beaver Creek US 50 Bridge (Clinton County, Illinois)
Abandoned concrete rigid frame bridge over Beaver Creek on Unused Portion of US 50
November 1, 2018: New Street View added
Webster Creek Bridge (Marion County, Illinois)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Webster Creek on TR 445B
November 1, 2018: New Street View added
UP ILL37 Overpass (Marion County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over ILL37 on Railroad
November 1, 2018: New Street View added
Mill Creek Railroad Bridge (Clark County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over Mill Creek on former railroad
October 31, 2018: New Street View added
Fifteenth Street Bridge (Lawrence County, Illinois)
Lost three-span through truss bridge over Embarras River on IL 1 (Fifteenth Street) in Lawrenceville
October 30, 2018: Updated by Melissa Brand-Welch: Updated year lost
Fifteenth Street Bridge (Lawrence County, Illinois)
Lost three-span through truss bridge over Embarras River on IL 1 (Fifteenth Street) in Lawrenceville
October 30, 2018: Document added
Tenth Street Bridge (Lawrence County, Illinois)
Lost through truss bridge over Embarras River on 10th Street (FAU 8455) in Lawrenceville
October 30, 2018: New Street View added
PC - IL 1 Railroad Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over branch of Lick Creek
October 30, 2018: New photos
PC - IL 1/IL 14 Railroad Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over unnamed creek
October 30, 2018: New photos
Sigler Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 1925N
October 30, 2018: New photo
Cherry Shoals Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on TR 308 / CR 1450 E
October 30, 2018: New photos
PC - IL 1/IL 14 Railroad Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over unnamed creek
October 29, 2018: Added
PC - Crossville Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over branch of Crooked Creek
October 29, 2018: Added
PC - IL 1 Railroad Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over branch of Lick Creek
October 29, 2018: Added
PC - Crooked Creek Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over Crooked Creek
October 29, 2018: Added
PC - Crooked Creek Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over Crooked Creek
October 29, 2018: New photos
Cherry Shoals Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on TR 308 / CR 1450 E
October 28, 2018: New photos
Sigler Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 1925N
October 28, 2018: New photo
NYC - Allendale Railroad Bridge (Wabash County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over unnamed creek
October 27, 2018: Added
Coffee Creek Railroad Bridge (Wabash County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over Coffee Creek
October 27, 2018: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted November 12, 2018

I enjoy finding them in overgrown areas. For some reason it's more exciting to me.

Posted November 11, 2018

"They're coming to get you Barbara"...creeps me out every time.

Posted November 11, 2018

Clark, now I have to rewatch the movie to see the bridge !

Posted November 11, 2018

Mike, loved your description of the "soggy graham cracker" deck.

Duplicates
Posted November 9, 2018

Clark, thank you very much.

Duplicates ?
Posted November 9, 2018

The question earlier about the bridge over Fox River makes me ask...what do you do when you find duplicate entries of the same bridge ? I believe I have found a set in Wayne County Illinois and in Marion County Illinois. I do not feel comfortable deleting someone elses entry. I would appreciate input from long time bridge hunters.

Posted November 7, 2018

Thank you Clark. I was an hour away from home, alone, and unsure what to do . I thanked him and went on my way to the next one.

Posted November 7, 2018

Jason, it would be wonderful if one of the three old bridges we have in White County (Cherry Shoals, Lowe, or Sigler) could be converted for pedestrian use. The areas the bridges are in are all private property farm ground. It is sad most people will never know they are there, or only see them in photographs. What's worse is those who know of their existence but do not see the historical importance and beauty of these bridges.

Posted November 7, 2018

On Wednesday October 24th I asked for and was denied permission to photograph the Lally columns. The landowner did confirm the remains of the columns and possibly an abutment.

Posted November 6, 2018

Thanks Tony ! Any and all information is appreciated !

Posted November 6, 2018

Thanks Luke ! Much appreciated !

Posted November 6, 2018

Luke, look at the plaque. Do you think it's a Chicago Bridge Co. ? I didn't know if I could/should post this...

Posted November 6, 2018

Thank you Luke. I saw the same picture you posted but was unsure about posting it. Thank you for adding it !

Posted November 5, 2018

There is a photograph of this bridge in a book I own: White County Illinois a Pictorial History, published by Acclaim Press in 2007.

Posted November 2, 2018

My favorite of the day but it was creepy. I could see and hear vehicles on Route 1 but I had an almost overwhelming sense of Isolation.