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)
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
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 

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.

Hayden Bridge
Posted June 8, 2019

Luke. No red herrings. Actual sleeping people, homeless, problems. Not the meth of Iowa, worse. What other bridge have I blown up. Bullshit dude.

You're right, should have sent a man to the south. Live and learn.

You spout off like you know when you don't know anything. Lol. Keep up the research, you're good at that, as you've told us countless times.

We save bridges you just talk about.

Hayden Bridge
Posted June 8, 2019

You can walk the plank for a fee in September. Drift boats and music.

Children jumping is not ok for any of us.

Enjoy your opinions, the locals know issues that you can never get...

Homeless, needles, crap. It's real. Chairs got folks out there that were hindered by Weyerhauser for 25 years. It took us three to save this fantastic, awesome cast iron truss.

Laughing every day about what we avhieved.

Keep it up. Beat me up however, but I got out of my chair as nd did something.

Hayden Bridge
Posted June 7, 2019

Lol. You havent really a clue but hey, you're right on it. The liability issues are huge but hey, it's all good now. It got the attention it needed and the tight folks are now working on all those local issues that homeless bring.

Hayden Bridge
Posted June 7, 2019

It absolutely got the attention it was meant to do. Thanks for finding the chair, they were gifts for those that can't walk too far. But you make fun of them all ya want.

We have saved a lot of bridges and not one of you, except perhaps Art, understands the costs, bureaucracy and the sheer fact that we get it done.

The bulk of our funds are spent on insurance, ironwork, materials and engineering. Piano, McIntyre, Springfield, Hayden, Mary, Martin, Marsh, Watts Mill, Craighead and Old Richardsville all have a brighter future because of the work we have done. Of course they did blow one up in Alabama.

If you don't know what you're talking about you could find out from me.

The donor out here is very happy with the bridge and us, as all of the donations are unrestricted and help with overhead as well as getting this one done. No other donations or tax payer funds were utilized.

Thanks yall for your continues support. Lol

Hayden Bridge
Posted June 7, 2019

You would both be wrong. There are no misspent funds and the local community is taking over this one. Bunker folks used us to finish their bridge before the shenanigans began. Jumpers are one thing, plastic chairs another test. The locals will figure out who the future ownership is going to be and we give it on over. Finished another one.

Posted May 29, 2019

Creek is up. The bridge has been untethered from concrete block and still tied off to the tree.

Posted May 28, 2019

The Secretarial Letter arrived from the PUC to live forward with disassembly. Here is PennDOTs take on phase 1. It's a Facebook share.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2232025480168050...

Posted May 19, 2019

Another from Blackiron Grill.

Posted May 19, 2019

Blackiron Grill in Miles City pays homage to iron bridges. The bartender tells me this is the Tongue River Bridge at the fairgrounds.