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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Hazleton Bridge

Hazleton Bridge (Knox County, Indiana)

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Hazleton Bridge

Hazleton Bridge (Knox County, Indiana)

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Black River - Griffin Road Bridge

Black River-Griffin Road Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)

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Black River - Griffin Road Bridge

Black River-Griffin Road Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)

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Lowe Bridge

Lowe Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Looking Up at North Portal

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Lowe Bridge

Lowe Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Barrel Shot looking North

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Lowe Bridge

Lowe Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Leaning Southern Lally Columns

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Limekiln Creek Bridge (White County, Illinois)

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NYC - Mud Creek Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)

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Cherry Shoals Bridge - SE

Cherry Shoals Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Portal view

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Cherry Shoals Bridge - NE

Cherry Shoals Bridge (White County, Illinois)
I wanted a one year later comparison

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

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CCC&StL Railroad Bridge (White County, Illinois)

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Winter's Bridge

Winters Bridge (White County, Illinois)

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New Harmony Bridge

New Harmony Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)

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New Harmony Bridge

New Harmony Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)

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New Harmony Bridge

New Harmony Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)

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Tait Bridge

Tait Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)

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Tait Bridge

Tait Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)

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Black River - Wilsey Road Bridge

Black River-Wilsey Road Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)

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Black River - Wilsey Road Bridge

Black River-Wilsey Road Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)

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Black River - Wilsey Road Bridge

Black River-Wilsey Road Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)

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Black River - Wilsey Road Bridge

Black River-Wilsey Road Bridge (Posey County, Indiana)

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Recent Updates 

14th Street Bridge (1901) (Muscogee County, Georgia)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Chattahoochee River on 14th Street
November 23, 2020: New photo
Chautauqua Road Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Great Miami River on Chautauqua Road
November 15, 2020: New photos
South Lebanon Bridge (Warren County, Ohio)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Little Miami River on South Main Street
November 9, 2020: New photos
Stubbs Mill Bridge (Warren County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Miami River on Stubbs Mills Road
November 3, 2020: New photos
Strout Road Bridge (Warren County, Ohio)
Lost Baltimore through truss bridge over Little Miami River on County Road 38
October 27, 2020: New photo
Traffic Street Bridge (Caddo Parish, Louisiana)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Red River on Traffic Street
October 26, 2020: New photo
Big Cypress Creek Bridge (Marshall County, Kentucky)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Cypress Creek on Shar-Cal Road
October 25, 2020: New photos
Cowardin Avenue Bridge (Richmond, Virginia)
Lost Concrete through arch bridge over ACL Rail Yard on US 301/US 1
October 24, 2020: New photo
US 231-Patoka River Bridge (Dubois County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Patoka River on US 231 (Old Alignment)
October 4, 2020: New photo
Pine Lake Bridge (Cook County, Minnesota)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Pine Lake on Trestle Pine Road
August 23, 2020: New photo
18th Street-Wabash River Bridge (Cass County, Indiana)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Wabash River on 18th Street
August 20, 2020: New photo
Davis Bridge (Cass County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Eel River on Davis Road
August 20, 2020: New photo
Circus Bridge (Miami County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Mississinewa River on State Road 124 (Old Alignment)
August 20, 2020: New photos
Moscow Bridge (Muscatine County, Iowa)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Cedar River on River Street
August 20, 2020: New photo
Dongola #2 Steel Bridge (Pike County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Patoka River on CR 300 West
August 16, 2020: New photos
Dongola #1 Iron Bridge (Pike County, Indiana)
Pratt variant through truss bridge over South Fork Patoka River on CR 325 West
August 16, 2020: New photo
Winslow Covered Bridge (Pike County, Indiana)
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Patoka River on Main Street (State Route 61)
August 16, 2020: New photo
Wheeling Covered Bridge 14-26-03 (Gibson County, Indiana)
Covered bridge over Patoka River on Moores Bridge Road
August 16, 2020: New photo
Severn's Bridge (Gibson County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Patoka River on Old IN 65
August 16, 2020: New photos
Iron Bridge Road Bridge (Pike County, Indiana)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Patoka River on CR 650 East
August 16, 2020: New photos
Wolf Bridge (Dallas County, Iowa)
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Racoon River
August 10, 2020: New photos
Standridge Covered Bridge (Blount County, Alabama)
Lost Town Lattice through truss bridge over Locust Fork River on Standridge Trail
August 9, 2020: New photos
Garden City Covered Bridge (Blount County, Alabama)
Lost Lattice through truss bridge over Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River on Old Bee Line Highway
August 9, 2020: New photo
10th Street Bridge (Madison County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over White River on E. 10th Street in Anderson
August 9, 2020: New photos
Wiley Ford Bridge (Allegany County, Maryland)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over N Branch of Potomac River on Ford Road
August 9, 2020: New photos
Vieley Bridge (Livingston County, Illinois)
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over North Fork Vermilion River on TR 220D
August 9, 2020: New photo
Glencoe Bridge (Alamance County, North Carolina)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Haw River on Old Glencoe Road
August 7, 2020: Added
Glencoe Bridge (Alamance County, North Carolina)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Haw River on Old Glencoe Road
August 7, 2020: New photos
15th Street Bridge (Lawrence County, Illinois)
Lost three-span through truss bridge over Embarras River on IL 1 in Lawrenceville
August 7, 2020: New photo
Cicott Street Bridge (1889) (Cass County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Wabash River on Cicott Street
August 5, 2020: New photos
Miller Covered Bridge (Tallapoosa County, Alabama)
Lost Lattice through truss bridge over Tallapoosa River on Hamlet Mill Road (SR 49)
August 2, 2020: New photos
Mellons Mill Covered Bridge (Calhoun County, Alabama)
Lost covered through truss bridge over Choccolocco Creek on Mellon Bridge Road
July 29, 2020: New photos
High Bridge Covered Bridge (Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Deck truss bridge over Mill Creek on Schuylkill & Susquehanna Railroad
July 29, 2020: New photos
Yardley-Wilburtha Bridge (Bucks County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Delaware River on Unknown in Yardley
July 29, 2020: New photo
Sugar Creek Covered Bridge 13-84-02 (Sangamon County, Illinois)
Covered bridge over Sugar Creek at Covered Bridge Road southeast of Chatham in Chatham
July 28, 2020: New photo
Bradley's Ford Bridge (Johnson County, Indiana)
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on Old State Road 1
July 28, 2020: New photos
Wornall Road-Indian Creek Bridge (1937) (Jackson County, Missouri)
Lost Concrete deck girder bridge over Indian Creek on Wornall Road
July 28, 2020: New photos
Riddle Hill Covered Bridge (Sangamon County, Illinois)
Lost Burr Arch truss bridge over Spring Creek on County Road 5.5 W
July 28, 2020: New photos
Bullskin Creek Bridge (Clermont County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Bullskin Creek on Felicity-Cedron Road
July 25, 2020: Added
Bullskin Creek Bridge (Clermont County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Bullskin Creek on Felicity-Cedron Road
July 25, 2020: New photo
Old Springfield Road Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Stillwater River on Old Springfield Road
July 23, 2020: New photo
SR 14-Big Monon Ditch Bridge (Pulaski County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Monon Ditch on State Road 14
July 23, 2020: New photo
Van Hill Bridge (Hawkins County, Tennessee)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Beech Creek on Van Hill Road
July 23, 2020: New photos
CR 500S-Little Sand Creek Bridge (Bartholomew County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Sand Creek on County Road 500 South
July 23, 2020: New photos
Baker's Bridge (Marion County, Indiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Fall Creek on Boy Scout Road
July 22, 2020: New photos
Weinhagen Bridge (Manitowoc County, Wisconsin)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Manitowoc River on Broadway Street
July 21, 2020: New photos
Floyd's Bridge (Simpson County, Mississippi)
Lost Through truss bridge over Strong River on Everett Church Road
July 21, 2020: New photos
Rockport Bridge (Copiah County, Mississippi)
Lost two-span Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Pearl River on Rockport Road
July 20, 2020: New photos
Hardin City Bridge (Hardin County, Iowa)
Relocated through truss bridge northwest of Steamboat Rock
July 20, 2020: New photos
Hardin City Bridge (Original Location) (Hardin County, Iowa)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Iowa River on 170th Street
July 20, 2020: New photo

Recent Comments 

Posted November 15, 2020

Mike Daffron, Yes ! I told Tony it was creepy and I Loved It !

Posted November 15, 2020

Tony, I deleted the photo. Would you strip the page ?

Posted November 14, 2020

Robert, thank you. I'll make changes or delete.

Posted November 13, 2020

Love the name

Posted November 3, 2020

Carl, love the new photos !

Posted October 27, 2020

John, it's one of my favorites and I'd Love for you to photograph it !

Posted October 26, 2020

Satolli, thanks again for the video! Loved it!

Posted October 25, 2020

Nathan, I spent several hours yesterday in search of a photo or information on the removal of the bridge. I was unsuccessful.

Mull Bridge (Indiana)
Posted August 30, 2020

Yes Definitely!

Posted August 28, 2020

Love These !

Posted August 28, 2020

I am definitely a fan of Carnage and Decay: abandoned bridges, collapsed bridges etc

Posted August 28, 2020

Nice and Abandoned. Just the way I like them LOL

Posted August 27, 2020

Love the photos Rick

Posted August 23, 2020

Mike, Boo Berry perhaps?

Posted August 23, 2020

I enjoy the Frankenbridge