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 

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)
Rescued 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)
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

Recent Comments 

Company Name
Posted June 9, 2018

What is the difference between West Penn Bridge Co. and Penn Bridge Co.? Both seem to call Beaver Falls their home? Evidently, I was told this, the Fallston Bridge and Watts Mill are West Penn Bridge Co. Wiley is called Penn Bridge.

123 Save a Bridge
Posted June 7, 2018

To save a bridge in the location there has to be both political and grass roots support because these bridges are big projects that cost money.

If it stays where it is and only has grassroots support it has to have a revenue stream to support maintenance and liability insurance. Lead covered bridges are an expensive fix and something that if the feds are involved with they should pay for removal. It is in fact their choice and the lack of maintenance that left them in this shape. We will always avoid those if possible. Gasconade Bridge is that case where we thought the site (more than the bridges could offset that but 1.25 million just to get it clean of that lead and paint, before repairs is a big nut. You can't sell a restored bridge with lead paint on it and our gang can't work on that lead coated areas either. That kind of bridge however had potential as an attraction and the road so it had potential, but needed more than we have available. In reality 5 revenue streams are the better choice. Wellness, recreation, general store, the longest brewery in America, tolls if open for traffic, and business relationships with the locals.

If a bridges moves, the criteria are which ones work the best for size, use, and cachet.

And for us, at this point, working with political and funded bridges is key.

However we do believe there is an opportunity for a National Historic Truss Bridge Association that would pay an annual membership to help choose bridges that we can help. The math - 10,000 x 100 = 1,000,000 which goes a long way towards engineered plans, site visits that render numbers that go for decisions. We came up with that idea for Revive 66.

That would take a larger board of directors. In Pennsylvania, Wes Tate is starting the process to create a "board" to help with Craighead. If the folks that want to save Tanners Falls and Watts Mill. Those of you who are bridgehunters in Pennsylvania might want to join in on the grassroots. Craighead we own, we took no federal money and we are beginning the process to repair the beautiful stone approach with a master mason Andy at LimeWorksUS, to get the lead out and then get the crappy deck and roadway scrapped so that repair can begin to the lower cord.

Our nut is ever growing. To play with PennDot next year requires us to double our insurances to 160k. I don't know if we can get enough work, sell enough bridges to make that work, or continue the branding that brings awareness to keep this ball rolling.

We get up every day and keep trying. Be nice if some of you wanted to join the bigger effort, in every state there could be the HTBA, and the decisions become more local. give us a call if you want to participate.

The photo is my father and Nels, almost 9 years ago when we started the quest to save our bridge. We've learned by doing bits about engineering, bureaucracy, politics and the fact that these bridges are part of our history.

Posted June 5, 2018

How does one make the new pictures be the first picture? No need to keep the old location ones here now.

Here is video of the lift. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdBYUPfEJAc&t=54s

Posted May 29, 2018

that is awesome info. I've included it in our letter to the county with a credit to your historic finds. I know that the county clerk has great interest and this map fits in. Keep it up. and THANK YOU.

Posted April 13, 2018

Here are Ardmore pics from same location. Don't even know if there is an entry, didn't find it on a quick search.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/117592822@N04/albums/721576567...

Posted April 13, 2018
Posted February 18, 2018

Project Report Here: MoDOT inspection report from 2015 included with evidence of spalling roadway with exposed rebar, lead paint, section loss in the stringers and trusses. It's a big bridge and an expensive fix.

http://www.workinbridges.org/index.php/stories/

Kern Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted February 3, 2018

It's a sad sad story. Even when you think you have a lead and some hope, then that hope dies too.

FOLKS, THIS ONE IS JUST WAITING TO COLLAPSE.

The longest bowstring in the US.

Issue: Dollars, always the dollars, probably $250,000 to get it off it's crumbling abutments. We are just waiting for gravity and hydrology to take the span down.

There are no mechanisms at DOTs or SHPO to step in when there is no more time.

It really will take a miracle, or we'll be pulling another one out of the river.

Any and All ideas are welcome.

New Money - Instant Cachet -

RARE RARE RARE - Own a piece of functioning history.

Posted October 26, 2017

If you are in the neighborhood on November 5, stop by and become a part of this project. It will take a lot if it is to be saved. We kick it off then. More information here. James Baughn, we are in your neck of the woods. We have bridge projects going in three states now. I believe if regional bridge hunters joined us we could expand and save more bridges. It is going to take more than just us and the gang, that's for sure. This is a great project for size and economic development. We need everybody to generate ideas that generate action. Photo Credit PixByJax with permission.

https://www.facebook.com/rte66gasconderiverbridgerehab/

Craighead Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 17, 2017

There was a celebration of new and old bridges in Carlisle on Friday. Note the irony of the PennDOT engineer speaking. I won't blow it. It says a lot however.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0xsghUTwM8

Photo from Cumberland County

Posted October 17, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grinnell, IA - Holt, MI - Hazelgreen, MO

Please join us as we as we launch the Gasconade River Bridge Rehabilitation Project. 

The North Skunk River Greenbelt Association (NSRGA)/ Workin' Bridges has been given the green light by the Missouri Department of Transportation(MoDOT) for a conceptual agreement to begin the fundraising efforts to actually restore the Gasconade River Bridge at Hazelgreen, Missouri. A new by-pass bridge has been designed and will be constructed in 2018 which left the historic bridge at risk for demolition. The Rte 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians have lead the effort for preservation and MoDOT agreed to let the efforts begin to find the funding required. Let me be clear, the historic bridge is still at risk for demolition unless sufficient funding for restoration can be acquired in the next fourteen months.

The four spans of the Gasconade River Bridge include two Parker Trusses, one Pratt truss and a Warren Pony Truss, built in 1923 and designed by MoDOT engineers. A current engineering estimate by MoDOT estimated repair work at over $3 million dollars. The Workin' Bridges qualified engineers and craftsmen will assess the bridge for possible phased options and costs that may differ from MoDOTs assessment. These real numbers, captured as Scope of Work and Estimates are required so that informed decisions can be made, for potential grants. Work with MoDOT on a risk management plan for their new bridge and the Interstate 44 bridge is being negotiated. We have proposed a Trust Account that would be in place for a catastrophic event, as well as utilizing the interest for future biannual inspections and site and security.

Developers are also being sought for this property and any design ideas are welcome. Route 66 has always been a mecca for travelers worldwide and with this bridge repaired the potential for crossing on special event days may still be an option as engineering will return the bridge to its former function. For more information on how the bridge was saved and how we are moving forward together check out Workin' Bridges: Route 66 Bridge Rehab on Facebook

Our goal is to raise $10,000 in funds. Those funds are for engineering and planning. Jacqueline (Jax) Welborn has been designated the Project Manager. She will undertake the outreach for donors to help with the immediate engineering and planning needs for the bridge. Contact Jax at rte66bridgerehab@gmail.com or call her at 573-528-1292.

Then our efforts will turn to finding the pledges, grants and in-kind donations necessary to reach our $3.5 million dollar goal by December 31, 2018. That money will go to repairing the piers and abutments that hold the spans up, the stringer and roadway replacement, floor beam repair. The deck, or at least a portion of the deck will be removed by MoDOT using their demolition funds for that purpose. The lead paint abatement solution is still to be determined.

Those efforts are currently underway. NSRGA has begun the process to become a legitimate nonprofit corporation in Missouri, then the bank accounts will be procured. In the meantime you can still donate at Workin' Bridges: Route 66 Bridge Rehab on Facebook. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Other questions, please contact Julie Bowers at jbowerz1@gmail.com or 641-260-1262. Check out this project and others on Facebook at Workin' Bridges, www.workinbridges.org and become a Save Our Bridge (SOB) action figure today.

Posted August 31, 2017

Nope. I did notice it has been removed them last few times I drove by.

Posted August 6, 2017

Piping in, I would put a date of 1890 so that folks don't think it is turn of the century. Utilizing materials. We've seen other Missouri, Kansas companies be frugal. Agree with Nathan pre 1900.

We pushed our bowstring, McIntyre to having been put together with materials to 1878 when King started to use angle instead of cruciform even though it was sold and erected in 1883.

There's a timeline building....)

Posted August 6, 2017

Nearing completion....weather delays.

Posted July 28, 2017

First dawn over the inlet at Beaverfork Lake.