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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The short outrigger vertical post

Paper Mill Bridge (New Castle County, Delaware)

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Recent Updates 

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-Des Arc Bridge (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Beaverfork Lake on Beaverfork Park Trailway
December 23, 2016: New photos
Springfield-Des Arc Bridge (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Beaverfork Lake on Beaverfork Park Trailway
December 22, 2016: New photos
Springfield-Des Arc Bridge (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Beaverfork Lake on Beaverfork Park Trailway
December 8, 2016: Added
Springfield Bridge (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Iron bowstring truss bridge over Cadron Creek near Springfield on the Conway-Faulkner County line
November 10, 2016: Updated by Julie Bowers: Bridge has been preserved by relocation by Faulkner County / Conway Arkansas
Hayden Bridge (Lane County, Oregon)
Rescued 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)
Bridge on Township Route 439 over Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad)
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
Unknown Little Brazos River Bridge (Robertson County, Texas)
Abandoned bridge over Little Brazos River
February 12, 2013: Added
Cascade Bridge (Des Moines County, Iowa)
Deck truss bridge over Cascade Ravine on S. Main Street in Burlington
April 13, 2012: Updated by Julie Bowers: current plans in hand
Piano Bridge (Fayette County, Texas)
Through truss bridge over East Navidad River on Piano Bridge Road
April 3, 2012: Updated by Julie Bowers: updated OPEN
Long Shoals location in Fort Scott (Bourbon County, Kansas)
Abandoned parker through truss bridge over Marmaton River on Pedestrians
March 8, 2012: Added
UP - Cummins Creek Bridge (Fayette County, Texas)
Bridge over Cummins Creek on MKT Railroad
February 12, 2012: Added
Coufal Road Bridge (Fayette County, Texas)
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Branch of Cummins Creek
February 12, 2012: Added
Cummins Creek Bridge (Fayette County, Texas)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Cummins Creek on CR 182
February 12, 2012: Added
Upper Bluffton Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on W. Ravine Road
July 5, 2011: Updated by Julie Bowers: Trying to save available for reuse.
Gilliece Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Cattle Creek Road
July 5, 2011: Updated by Julie Bowers: Updated availability information.
Upper Bluffton Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on W. Ravine Road
July 1, 2011: Updated by Julie Bowers: Bridge needs new location.

Recent Comments 

Posted March 2, 2017

Here's the plan. We counted blocks in preparation for ordering. Very excited to do a simple job where it was affordable and will be an asset to the City of Rosebud.

Posted March 2, 2017

Believe me I thought the same thing for a long time, was it supported on the first verticals, and how could that be! We will take lots of pictures though, and any repairs that might be required when we can visually inspect all of the shoes and lower chord will be made.

Posted March 1, 2017

It's this one. You can find more recent photos on The Forgotten Iowa Historical Society Page. Thanks to Andrew Motley for this hunt.

Posted March 1, 2017

The Mt. Carbon bowstring is a typical King, not easy to see from the road or nearby bridges. The postcard is not that but very cool.

Posted March 1, 2017

The contracts are signed and this bridge's future is a lift. The BACH Steel Gang will head down to Texas this spring. The Parks Department got a grant and help from EDC of Rosebud to fund this project. I enclose some of the history they provided on where this bridge came from and when.

What started as a bridge hunt and a follow up, ends with a relatively easy fix, if you're Nels, Derek, Lee, Brock, Andy and the rest of the gang.

Posted February 24, 2017

We are reaching out to several states to add Heritage Bridges to our roster. The ones that do need to stay in place. More will be revealed but we are adding to the roster of services that we can provide to the DOTs as they manage their historic truss management plans.

1. Action. If we are going to go out and document and provide real numbers we might as well take along a team to clean up the bridge of trees and debris, clean the shoes. Then make it clear other necessary maintenance items.

2. Bridge Brokering - Once we have identified trusses that must be moved then the real numbers come into play, finding other sources of funding for moving onto trails or other crossings.

3. Heritage Bridges - Hayden and Bunker are two that are under ownership. We are always open to being the interim owner between responsible entities but here we are taking these bridges on for the long term, providing an avenue to save them that the DOTS nor SHPO can do.

We'll see if we can figure this out. IF anyone else has interest or ideas along these lines that would be great. We're in this 7 years now, and we just got our land conservancy insurance that allows us to open these bridges for recreational use. The pieces are beginning to come together. The projects are big but

I know you know!

It worth it. Thanks for the tips and tricks along the way.

Julie

Posted February 14, 2017

The Fort Scott Bourbon County Riverfront Association is moving forward with roads and bridges in that general neighborhood with a new park and river access, utilizing Long Shoals as well as the Military Bowstrings in their planning. They are well aware of the Mill Creek Bridge and how it does serve the neighborhood as a walkway crossing, and could serve the trail plans that they are building in phases. It's an expensive undertaking - cleaning up a river and beside this bridge is a true dump of stuff.

They understand what a rich history of bridges that they have, and how they all can serve an historic role in their already historic community.

Posted January 23, 2017

Thank you Luke, couldn't have done it without you!

Posted January 23, 2017

Soft opening of Bunker Mill Bridge this past weekend. With the help of locals we installed the rail that would allow the gates to come off. So just over three years for Phase 1 with Parts 1 & 2. Lots of volunteer hours here, lots of donations. Signage will be installed to recognize donors real soon. Thanks to all everyone that had a hand in, can't do it without that kind of support. These projects are expensive, and they take a long time. This was our first to save as owner / contractor. We learned a lot, hope you all enjoy the fruits of the labor by the entire team at Workin' Bridges with BACH Steel and Schiffer Group Engineering on the team.

Craighead Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted January 12, 2017

If all parts under the grated deck are BAD, if you have to replace all of it, floor beams, stringers, connectors, lateral and diagonal rods, it's expensive. Materials required would be the same for any engineering requirement.

We are seeing less costs on blasting and painting if a bridge is disassembled than doing that in place, but it is still a big part of the equation.

It's not about BACH techniques versus others, these are big projects and they are expensive and to let people think differently would be a disservice.

Each bridge project is different, we scoped this one several years ago, and it was very sad to see the condition, and we see it over and over where grated decking was utilized.

Posted January 11, 2017

This photo surfaced via Chris Bell at ODOT. the history of this bridge wasn't very clear but this helps. Don Petting, University of Oregon emeritus, and I researched the photo yesterday and came to the conclusions that it is Utah, cottonwoods, it had earth on one end that we could see in the satellite view and the masonry piers.

So excitig to pin this down. Started the disassembly with the portal brace in 1896. By 1901 it was reset in Oregon on the McKenzie River in Springfield.

Craighead Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted January 10, 2017

this bridge has extensive section loss on bottom chord and all connections. It would require expensive and extended repairs for restoration . Nels and I documented this bridge several years ago

the grated decking killed it.

Posted December 9, 2016

that bridge is no longer over Cadron Creek. This is noting the new location - the City of Conway uses both names.

Posted November 28, 2016

Actually, the bridge parts have been sent to Little Rock for blasting off of lead paint and lichen. The bridge will be restored by BACH Steel on site. BACH will be fabricating new caissons at Beaverfork Lake and the lattice and riveted railings in Holt, Michigan in the next month. The lift and disassembly went pretty well. There are several castings and the channel missing where something went through the bridge, there is a fix to a broken shoe that had been repaired very early. There is little pack rust or rivet replacement that is required, although every inch will be inspected. The vertical cruciform is in remarkable condition. The differences in 1871 created parts to 1881 parts is the fun part of the archaeology of the craft. The spacers in the lower chord vary as well. Zenas King...wish I had his journals.

Here are a few pictures that I just downloaded, then I'm off to inspect blasting and meet with the survey crew to mark the spots. The coolest part of this whole thing is the working together between the City, the County, BACH Steel, the crane company and trucking. It's been remarkable and the cost savings with everyone doing their own best things is significant. It's an expensive project at $508,370 but that doesn't include what those other jurisdictions included, road in, tree removal, crane pad, people that cared about their work.

Posted November 26, 2016

I recently visited this Conde McCullough Bridge and tunnel. It was outstanding.