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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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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Sigler Bridge

Sigler Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Portal View

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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 - 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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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 

Council Grove Bridge (Morris County, Kansas)
Lost Concrete arch bridge over Neosho River on US 56
October 16, 2019: Added
Council Grove Bridge (Morris County, Kansas)
Lost Concrete arch bridge over Neosho River on US 56
October 16, 2019: New photo
Council Grove Bridge (Morris County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Neosho River on US 56
October 16, 2019: New photo
Cottonwood River-Rd 150 Bridge (Lyon County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Cottonwood River on Rd 150
October 15, 2019: New photo
Potter Bridge (Atchison County, Kansas)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Stranger Creek on Rawlins Road
October 15, 2019: New photo
Neosho River Bridge (Coffey County, Kansas)
Two-span Marsh arch bridge over Neosho River on 19th Lane, 0.2 mi. east of Hartford
October 15, 2019: New photo
Smoky Hill River-North Donmyer Road Bridge (Saline County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River on North Donmyer Road
October 15, 2019: New photo
IAIS/BNSF Overpass (Pottawattamie County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over BNSF Railway on Iowa Interstate Railroad
October 15, 2019: New photo
Fulton Street-Yazoo River Swing Bridge (Leflore County, Mississippi)
Lost swing through truss bridge over Yazoo River on Fulton Street
October 15, 2019: New photo
Silent Shade Swing Bridge (Humphreys County, Mississippi)
Lost through truss swing bridge over Yazoo River
October 15, 2019: New photo
Heart of Iowa Trail - Hoy Bridge (Marshall County, Iowa)
Arch bridge over Clear Creek on Heart of Iowa Trail
October 15, 2019: New photos
MILW - Kincaid Creek Bridge (Muscatine County, Iowa)
Slab bridge over Kincaid Creek on Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad
October 15, 2019: New photos
MILW - Iowa River Bridge (Louisa County, Iowa)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Iowa River on Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad
October 15, 2019: New photo
Pine Lake Road-Stevens Creek Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Stevens Creek on Pine Lake Road
October 14, 2019: New photos
Patty's Mill Bridge (Lyon County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Cottonwood River on CR 160
October 14, 2019: New photo
Salt Creek-10th Street Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Salt Creek on 10th Street
October 14, 2019: New photo
Morganville Bridge (Older) (Clay County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Republican River on Former Road
October 14, 2019: New photo
Neosho Rapids Bridge (Lyon County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Neosho River, 0.5 mi. west of Neosho Rapids
October 14, 2019: New photo
US36 Republican River Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Lost Deck truss bridge over Republican River on US 36
October 14, 2019: New photo
US77 Republican River Bridge (Geary County, Kansas)
Lost through truss bridge over Republican River on US 77
October 14, 2019: New photo
Wakefield Bridge (Old) (Clay County, Kansas)
Lost Warren Cantilever truss over Republican River on 6th Street (K 82)
October 14, 2019: New photo
Wakefield Bridge (Older) (Clay County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Republican River on Kansas Highway 82
October 14, 2019: New photo
Dannebrog Bridge (Howard County, Nebraska)
Lost Through truss bridge over Middle Loup River on N58
October 13, 2019: New photo
Smoky Hill River-North Ohio St. Bridge (Saline County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River on North Ohio Street
October 13, 2019: New photo
Wakefield Bridge (Old) (Clay County, Kansas)
Lost Warren Cantilever truss over Republican River on 6th Street (K 82)
October 13, 2019: New photo
Black Vermillion River-K 99 Bridge (Old) (Marshall County, Kansas)
Lost Polygonal Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge over Black Vermillion River on K99 Hwy
October 13, 2019: New photo
Deshler "L" Bridge (Thayer County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Snake Creek on Main Street (4th St?)
October 13, 2019: New photos
MoPac - Little Nemaha River Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Lost Through truss bridge over Little Nemaha River on MoPac Railway
October 13, 2019: Added
MoPac - Little Nemaha River Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Lost Through truss bridge over Little Nemaha River on MoPac Railway
October 13, 2019: New photos
Bryan Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Nemaha River on NE 67
October 13, 2019: Added
Bryan Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Nemaha River on NE 67
October 13, 2019: New photo
Little Blue River Bridge (Nuckolls County, Nebraska)
Lost Through Girder Bridge over Little Blue River on Great Plains Railway (Former C&NW)
October 13, 2019: Added
Little Blue River Bridge (Nuckolls County, Nebraska)
Lost Through Girder Bridge over Little Blue River on Great Plains Railway (Former C&NW)
October 13, 2019: New photos
Barker Avenue Overpass (Vanderburgh County, Indiana)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over IN 62 on Barker Avenue
October 13, 2019: New Street View added
Sherdahl Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Republican River on Former Road
October 11, 2019: New photo
Riley Creek Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Riley Creek on Old County Road 170
October 11, 2019: New photos
Brockmeyer Bridge (Marshall County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Black Vermillion River on Zenith Rd
October 11, 2019: New photo
Cragle Ford Bridge (Marshall County, Kansas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Blue River on Sunflower Road
October 10, 2019: New photo
De Witt Mill Bridge (Gage County, Nebraska)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on an abandoned road
October 10, 2019: New photos
Jarbalo Bridge (Leavenworth County, Kansas)
Lost Through truss bridge over Stranger Creek on 211th Street
October 10, 2019: Added
Jarbalo Bridge (Leavenworth County, Kansas)
Lost Through truss bridge over Stranger Creek on 211th Street
October 10, 2019: New photos
Ida Avenue Bridge (Jefferson County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Blue River on Ida Avenue
October 10, 2019: Added
Ida Avenue Bridge (Jefferson County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Blue River on Ida Avenue
October 10, 2019: New photo
Ewalt Street Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Lost covered through truss bridge over Allegheny River on Ewalt or 43rd Street
October 10, 2019: New photos
Johnson Bridge (Gage County, Nebraska)
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on former section of SW 89 Rd.
October 9, 2019: New photos
Holmesville Bridge (Gage County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on E Linden Road
October 9, 2019: New photo
Humpback Bridge (Gage County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on S. 23rd Road
October 9, 2019: Added
Humpback Bridge (Gage County, Nebraska)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on S. 23rd Road
October 9, 2019: New photos
Norway Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Republican River on Kansas Highway 148 ( K-148)
October 9, 2019: New photo
Bloody Run Bridge (Gage County, Nebraska)
Warren pony truss bridge over Bloody Run on S. 120th Road
October 8, 2019: Added

Recent Comments 

Kansas...
Posted October 15, 2019

The Manhattan Mercury May 27 1963...thought this was neat

Posted October 15, 2019

Nick,love the Sunset photos.

Posted October 15, 2019

Luke, you're welcome. Love to help out.

Posted October 15, 2019

That video was Amazing!

Posted October 15, 2019

Art, we've had a busy day!

Posted October 15, 2019

Art, you're welcome. I'm going to continue searching for more information.

Posted October 15, 2019

Art...

Posted October 14, 2019

The image is for the Morganville Bridge

Posted October 14, 2019

Art, I was curious about the build dates too. The article I found shows this was previously located at Greenwood

Posted October 13, 2019

Oh I love the thought of it being inundated but I believe it was removed.

Posted October 13, 2019

Thank you !

Posted October 13, 2019

Y'all having fun without me ??? In all seriousness, I could not find an article to add 🙁

Posted October 13, 2019

John, I appreciate it very much. Thank you!

Posted October 13, 2019

I would appreciate any and all help from the Railroad fans

Posted October 11, 2019

Thanks Luke !