Julie Bowers

About Me 

Email: jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com
Website: http://www.skunkriverbridge.org

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South Portal View with Hitching Rail

Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
The bridge on July 21, 2014, awaiting funding for stringers and planks, cleaned up and ready to be a destination park. Lovely

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North Side Access

Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Gates are off.

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McIntyre

Paper Mill Bridge (New Castle County, Delaware)
Beauty Shot
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The short outrigger vertical post

Paper Mill Bridge (New Castle County, Delaware)

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Paper Mill Bridge

Paper Mill Bridge (New Castle County, Delaware)

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Recent Updates 

Cascade Ravine Stone Arch Bridge (Des Moines County, Iowa)
Bridge over unnamed on Cascade Ravine Road
January 24, 2020: New photos
Cascade Ravine Stone Arch Bridge (Des Moines County, Iowa)
Bridge over unnamed on Cascade Ravine Road
January 24, 2020: Added
Paper Mill Bridge (New Castle County, Delaware)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Red Clay Creek on Trail
June 5, 2018: New photos
Hayden Bridge (Lane County, Oregon)
Whipple truss bridge over McKenzie River on Abandoned Weyerhauser Logging Railway in Springfield
February 20, 2018: Updated by Julie Bowers: JB updated for current information.
Old US 66 Gasconade River Bridge (Laclede County, Missouri)
Four-spans - 1 Warren Pony truss, 1 Pratt & 2 Parker through truss bridge over Gasconade River on Old US 66 near Hazelgreen.
October 17, 2017: Updated by Julie Bowers: Change of Conditions
Craighead Bridge (Cumberland County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Yellow Breeches Creek on Craighead Bridge Road (TR 520)
May 10, 2017: Updated by Julie Bowers: Under New Owner (I think I have a problem) (lol) (we're looking for bridges in every state and we need local input.
Gilliece Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Cattle Creek Road
May 8, 2017: New photos
Springfield Bridge (current location) (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Relocated bowstring through truss bridge over Beaverfork Lake on Beaverfork Park Trailway
April 19, 2017: Updated by Julie Bowers: updated to reflect contractor and status
Thoma's Road Bridge (Jackson County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Tete des Morts Creek on Thoma's Road
April 9, 2017: Updated by Julie Bowers: Changed name to reflect local comment correction.
Springfield Bridge (current location) (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Relocated bowstring through truss bridge over Beaverfork Lake on Beaverfork Park Trailway
April 9, 2017: Updated by Julie Bowers: Changed name to reflect the current name use by City of Conway.
Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over English River on Nutmeg Avenue
January 23, 2017: Updated by Julie Bowers: Bridge has been opened.
CPRR - Bear River Bridge (Box Elder County, Utah)
Whipple through truss bridge over Bear River on Central Pacific Railroad relocated to Springfield, Oregon.
January 15, 2017: Updated by Julie Bowers: just adding bits and pieces.
CPRR - Bear River Bridge (Box Elder County, Utah)
Whipple through truss bridge over Bear River on Central Pacific Railroad relocated to Springfield, Oregon.
January 11, 2017: New photo
Springfield Bridge (current location) (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Relocated bowstring through truss bridge over Beaverfork Lake on Beaverfork Park Trailway
December 23, 2016: New photos
Springfield Bridge (current location) (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Relocated bowstring through truss bridge over Beaverfork Lake on Beaverfork Park Trailway
December 22, 2016: New photos
Springfield Bridge (current location) (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Relocated bowstring through truss bridge over Beaverfork Lake on Beaverfork Park Trailway
December 8, 2016: Added
Springfield Bridge (original location) (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Bowstring through truss bridge formerly over Cadron Creek on Springfield Road
November 10, 2016: Updated by Julie Bowers: Bridge has been preserved by relocation by Faulkner County / Conway Arkansas
Hayden Bridge (Lane County, Oregon)
Whipple truss bridge over McKenzie River on Abandoned Weyerhauser Logging Railway in Springfield
June 8, 2016: Updated by Julie Bowers: Bridge has been saved.
Farm Lane Bridge (New Castle County, Delaware)
Pratt pony truss bridge over West Clay Creek
May 18, 2016: Added
Paper Mill Bridge (New Castle County, Delaware)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Red Clay Creek on Trail
April 26, 2016: Added
Lower Elgin Road Bridge (Bastrop County, Texas)
Pratt through-truss bridge over Wilbarger Creek on Lower Elgin Road (CR 55). This road has also been known as Coats Rd.
August 15, 2015: Updated by Julie Bowers: fixed typo
Portland Water Works Bridge (Clackamas County, Oregon)
Pennsylvania-petit through truss bridge over Sandy River carrying City of Portland Bull Run Water Conduits #2 and #4 will be preserved in another location to be announced soon.
July 29, 2015: Updated by Julie Bowers: Bridge Moved.
Wilson Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Chapman Creek on 3200 Avenue, 5.1 mi. east and 1.0 mi. north of Buckeye
July 7, 2015: Updated by Julie Bowers: Changed Status.
River Street Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Lost lenticular through truss bridge over Moosup River on River Street in Moosup
July 2, 2015: Updated by Julie Bowers: Plainfield Public Works confirmed.
Wilson Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Chapman Creek on 3200 Avenue, 5.1 mi. east and 1.0 mi. north of Buckeye
May 12, 2015: Updated by Julie Bowers: Builder found in NRHP nomination documents.
Hope Memorial Bridge (Falls County, Texas)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over a stream on a pedestrian path in Rosebud's city park
September 18, 2014: Updated by Julie Bowers: Added builder.
Waterford Bridge (Dakota County, Minnesota)
Through truss bridge over Cannon River on CR 166 Canada Ave.
August 31, 2014: Updated by Julie Bowers: updated status and company
Providence Road Bridge (Robertson County, Texas)
Through truss bridge over Little Brazos River on Providence Road
August 31, 2014: New photos
Worley Bridge (Milam County, Texas)
Pratt through truss bridge over San Gabriel River on Cr 428
August 31, 2014: Updated by Julie Bowers: updated status and company
McIntyre Bridge (Poweshiek County, Iowa)
Bowstring through truss bridge formerly over North Skunk River in Milgrove Access Wildlife Area
August 31, 2014: Updated by Julie Bowers: updated ownership and future.
Mary Street Bridge (Luzerne County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss stored at Bach Steel, awaiting new owner.
August 2, 2014: Added
Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over English River on Nutmeg Avenue
July 24, 2014: New photo
Nutmeg Avenue Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Bridge over Camp Creek on Nutmeg Avenue
July 18, 2014: Added
Camp Creek Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Camp Creek on Nutmeg Avenue
July 17, 2014: New photo
Waterloo Bridge (Culpeper County, Virginia)
Through truss bridge over Rappahannock River on Waterloo Road (Route 613)
June 4, 2014: Updated by Julie Bowers: JB changed builder from two sources in Virgina.
Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over English River on Nutmeg Avenue
June 2, 2014: Updated by Julie Bowers: changing status updates.
20th Street Overpass (Poweshiek County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder over Railroad (IAIS) on 20th Street
May 15, 2014: Added
Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over English River on Nutmeg Avenue
October 12, 2013: Essay added
Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over English River on Nutmeg Avenue
October 12, 2013: Updated by Julie Bowers: bridge. get with the program.
Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over English River on Nutmeg Avenue
October 11, 2013: Updated by Julie Bowers: status update to new owners.
Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over English River on Nutmeg Avenue
October 1, 2013: Updated by Julie Bowers: keeping it real for data validity. verified by NASA.
Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over English River on Nutmeg Avenue
September 28, 2013: Updated by Julie Bowers: new owners almost in place.
Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over English River on Nutmeg Avenue
September 28, 2013: Updated by Julie Bowers: given change of ownership please respect the builder.
Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over English River on Nutmeg Avenue
September 28, 2013: Updated by Julie Bowers: given change of ownership please respect the builder.
Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over English River on Nutmeg Avenue
September 7, 2013: Updated by Julie Bowers: where is the proof for iowa bridge co?
B.B. Comer Bridge (Jackson County, Alabama)
Cantilevered Warren through truss bridge over Tennessee River on State Highway 35 at Scottsboro
September 1, 2013: Updated by Julie Bowers: changed builder.
130th Street Bridge (Buchanan County, Iowa)
Bridge over Hunter Creek on 130th Street
August 25, 2013: Updated by Julie Bowers: Added categories "Curved", "One-lane traffic"
130th Street Bridge (Buchanan County, Iowa)
Bridge over Hunter Creek on 130th Street
August 25, 2013: Added
Otranto Bridge (Mitchell County, Iowa)
Abandoned Camelback-Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Big Cedar River on 480th Avenue
July 22, 2013: New photos
Mulberry Creek Bridge (Ford County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Mulberry Creek, 2.6 mi. south and 3.0 mi. west of Ford
March 2, 2013: New photos

Recent Comments 

King Iron Bridge History
Posted January 16, 2020

Nathan put this together as we were doing the Springfield Bridge project.

Iola
Posted January 16, 2020

Yes I did find other bowstrings referenced maybe at the historic museum. It was on the west side near the factory I think.

I've poked around the one still there too.

Iola
Posted January 15, 2020

Kansas in the early days was a lot like cities or counties paying for Google or Amazon to come in to build a business. It was all about the jobs. King Bridge was invited first via a bond to come to Iola. They built a factory and had a building downtown. They built bridges. Early King bowstrings were quite light and changed over time with the outriggers, floor beams, upper sway and lower bracing. See Old Richardsville or Danville Mickles. Nathan and I did look at some of those eras of design with the Springfield Des-Arc bowstring historic research, it's differences to the McIntyre and others we've worked on.

Topeka came in with a better offer to move. King took them up on it to move operations. I didn't follow the research further as to why they ended their business in Topeka.

I find the research into the King business very informative. Zenas did go to jail for collusion, but he was working with the other bridge builders in the 1890s to make sure they all had work, and working against American Bridge Co and Carnegie Steel who were purchasing those businesses back east.

There is also a terrific historic center in downtown Iola. That's where I first saw the picture and caption for loading of a bowstring bridge. 30 cattle at a time.

Aetnaville Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted December 23, 2019

Here it is. 2.5 million to demolish but the mayor wants to save the piers for a new bridge.

Aetnaville Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted December 23, 2019

We too have a 60 day letter from WVDOH and we discussed with the mayor. We were waiting a conference call. Bureaucrats.

https://www.facebook.com/768544216527315/posts/2708192125895...

Posted November 26, 2019

Friends of Cascade Bridge funding a site visit to get Nels and Jim to this bridge in December.

Been 7 years that we've wanted our hands and eyes on the number 1 historic truss in Iowa.

$8,000 Goal for engineering report for Historic Cascade Bridge. $30 per like to this page pays for this feasibility study. Do you want to know what these preservationists think? ](https://www.gofundme.com/f/friends-of-the-cascade-bridge)Donate please.

Posted November 11, 2019

Thanks Art. Everything takes so much time, but eventually things happen.

Posted November 8, 2019

For Immediate Release Grinnell, Iowa - Holt, Michigan

The long-awaited documentary by Ultimate Restorations on historic truss bridge restoration is now available for viewing at www.ultimaterestorations.com or Amazon Prime. Featuring the 1874 Springfield Des-Arc Bridge, an historic King Iron Bridge Co. bowstring truss in Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas, the two episodes document how an engineer, craftsmen, two nonprofits, a city, county and state worked together to save a rare historic bridge in the USA. Local screening are also being scheduled.

Bach Steel of Holt and St. Johns, Michigan provided the iron restoration expertise. The craftsmen, Nels Raynor, Derek Pung, Brock Raynor and Lee Pung put their backs into this project from riveting to pack rust removal, repairing splice plates, lifting and resetting old iron. Jim Schiffer, PE of Schiffer Group Engineering, Traverse City, Michigan. (SGI) worked with Bach Steel to detail the repairs. SGI also engineered the caissons by request from Julie Bowers at Workin' Bridges who just didn't want to see another concrete abutment for the historic truss. "These are the kinds of projects we relish. The reuse and preservation of durable cast and wrought iron and steel, that are still serviceable with a little coaxing, to recreate elegant functional forms that the communities can enjoy is really fun. These are the projects that we enjoy applying our technical experience and training to bring to successful completion." stated Jim Schiffer after viewing the video. Though you don't see him in the site work, without his engineering neither Workin' Bridges nor Bach Steel would be able to act on these jobs.

Working with the City of Conway and Faulkner County, the planning and iron work for the restoration of this bowstring took well over a year after lifting it from the North Fork of the Cadron River. The bridge was restored and reset at Lake Beaverfork in August of 2016. The project began, however, with a site visit in 2010 to discuss the potential of the oldest road bridge in Arkansas, also a King Iron bridge. The project required the aid of the Prof. Kenneth Barnes, then a director of the Faulkner County Historic Society to continue raising the awareness that this vintage bridge needed help. Many of these stories can be seen on the video.

Bach Steel has worked on over 40 historic bridge projects across the country, winning awards for their work in Texas, Michigan and Arkansas since the 1990s. "The Springfield Bridge tells a story of one of the projects that we started with Workin' Bridges in 2010 and it took years to fund it. There are so many bridges across the country that can be restored but it takes political will, our engineer, money and us to get it done....and big cranes!" stated Nels Raynor at the shop in St. Johns.

Ultimate Restorations produced the shows out of the bay area. Producer Terry Strauss along with Executive Producers Bill Hersey, Loren Lovgren, and Bob McNeil have documented the restoration of some of America's beloved treasures. “The story of this bridge is what Ultimate Restorations is all about. The vision to save the iconic pieces of our history that would otherwise be lost, plus the skills, passion and talent to bring them back to life. Walking over that bridge, is like being told a story, reminding us of who we are and where we’ve been.” said Terry Strauss, who directed the film in Arkansas. More info at www.ultimaterestorations.com. You can view the Ultimate Restorations episodes on our bridge restoration as well as the full Season 2 of Ultimate Restorations on Amazon Prime with 1874 Des-Arc Springfield Bridge Part 1: Moving Day and Part 2: Another Hundred Years at https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07ZZZJ8D5/ref=atv_dp

One of the red-carpet premieres of Springfield Bridge documentary will be at 2 pm on Sunday, November 24, 2019 in Burlington, Iowa at the restored Capital Theater. Community screening dates are also being pursued in Conway, Arkansas, Lansing / Traverse City, Michigan and Grinnell, Iowa and will be announced soon.

Questions and screening requests can be addressed to Julie Bowers at 641.260.1262 - jbowerz1@gmail.com. You can access more information on the web at www.workinbridges.org and on Facebook at Workin' Bridges, www.bachsteel.com and on Facebook at Bach Steel and www.schiffergroup.com. Restoration photos can be seen at Springfield Bridge on Facebook where the process was also documented.

Posted October 26, 2019

We saw a broken pin in Kansas at Mulberry Creek, that was a replacement, made with an axle with a cotter pin. It lasted 50 years until it cracked in half, where a hole was drilled. Kept all the bars in place! Those road guys were frugal. $13000 repair that was rejected by the county.

Posted October 11, 2019

Couldn't load images but you can find them here for the lift of the trusses.

https://www.facebook.com/WattsMillBridge/videos/215584096137...

Posted September 30, 2019

Worth noting. The county did the modifications to the Old Richardsville bowstrings to achieve height and stability around this time.

Mary Street Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted July 14, 2019

For sale upon restoration. It has taken 3 years, the pipeline and the trains cause major expense and delays. This is a rare bridge and hopefully a need will arise for it.

Mary Street Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted July 12, 2019

An August 8th date has been put on the schedule to finally pull this bridge.

Posted June 16, 2019

Working to correct the historic record with historian Jay Swofford before the nomination to the register. Perhaps the parts were crafted in 1869, I do not know, but I was told the bridge replaced the original trestle on the transcontinental line in 1882 and then disassembly began in 1896 for the move to Springfield in 1900.

Hayden commentary
Posted June 9, 2019

I say leave them where it occurred so one sees how it goes down. But please let me fix the phone typos later. ..... The folks that know the Hayden Bridge know the issues. Theft, liability, and truth deserve a forum. I'm two days into the road trip back from finishing the punch list, as we add more land in our gift back to parks for Springfield and Lane County. The fundraising and bridge work complete.

It gets mean here sometimes and while there are some commonalities, it is not up to me to comment on those. untrue comments have to be addressed.

You won't get me to leave, I wont become anonymous, like so many have. Just sayin' there sure are a lot of other groups springing up but bridgehunter and historic bridges give our team the info needed and where we do initial research.

You may have noticed we don't post here or anywhere til we are done with a project so some have to follow those pages to glean moments. Posting here from Facebook seems wrong but all this social media is beyond me.

As far as those allegations, all proved wrong.