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 

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 (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
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 (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
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 (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Beaverfork Lake on Beaverfork Park Trailway
December 23, 2016: New photos
Springfield Bridge (Faulkner County, Arkansas)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Beaverfork Lake on Beaverfork Park Trailway
December 22, 2016: New photos
Springfield 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

Recent Comments 

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.

Posted June 29, 2017

Set........

This photo by Jerry Boyer. I didn't get to be there for the lateral connecting. Bummer for me.

Posted June 29, 2017

Truly, I agree Tony. The cost of a new bridge at this length is very affordable in DNREC eyes. It needs some work at splice plates and pin connections, new pins and big cranes.

Posted June 28, 2017

Relocated to sto rage in Delaware. Future dates are uncertain but it is a future and we are happy about that.

Posted June 28, 2017

Ready.

Posted June 21, 2017

Documentary continued with restoration of 2nd truss.

Posted June 17, 2017

As of last week the parts were still at the bridge awaiting some decision, according to Lee.

We still want them to do something or well take them. Such a waste but .... where there is a will there is a way.

Hertzler Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted June 12, 2017

Craighead Bridge is one of their bridges, in Cumberland County.

Posted June 6, 2017

It was the supervisors in this case.

Craighead Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted May 11, 2017

Every bridge has to have some land under it and that comes in different ways. Easements, ownership, donation. The land conservancy is what allows us to open the bridges to use with insurance. The big I in our world. We had an interesting discussion with our provider and are looking for ways to bring it down.

These overhead costs are starting to run up and all of our fundraising for bridges is generally just for parts so we are looking at finding a corporate sponsor(s) that can help us build these heritage bridge parks around the country.

We also need people in each state to help us with local ideas, events, fundraising and the actual site management at a bridge.

Craighead Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted May 10, 2017

Yes, we did. We bought another bridge that is going to stay where it is under the Workin' Bridges Land Conservancy, a part of NSRGA. Wow. We also left federal funds on the table because the hurdles and what ifs with no answer from PennDOT engineers were going to ensure that this bridge was scrapped. So we just bought it and we'll figure it out from here.

http://cumberlink.com/news/local/communities/boiling_springs...

Posted May 8, 2017

It has everything to do with politics. Local politics. We'll see if it can slow down bio calling of the State shpo office to consider pulling it out utilizing back steel as well as Brennan construction who will start the removal tomorrow for $4,000 a day not just $4,000 which they made it sound like at the supervisors meeting.

We will see. Their concern is river traffic and potential rising water. I understand, but the. Reward could get here. I don't know if I'm enough but I am here.

Money, the gang could get here.

Posted May 8, 2017

So it was GPS. It took me on level b roads and there was no signage that there was the 2 ton bridge as well as the historic bridge on the road. Looks like he came down the hill and went over the bridge. I think, imho that the mid weigh of the trucks axles spinning on the expansion joint pushed the shoes back into the river and left him hanging right there.

It appears to be in better shape than our bridge back in the day. I've posted images. Broken at the splice plates, vertical posts got bent at threaded rod, some bending at the shoes, The eye bars are under the planks. Sure that most of the diagonal and lateral rod is hosed but hell..... Even the planks look good.

The supervisors are meeting this morning. I shall be there with a proposal that gets the gang here to pull it out and then get quotes on the restoration and rehabilitation.