South Portal View with Hitching RailBunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
The short outrigger vertical postPaper Mill Bridge (New Castle County, Delaware)
Just trying to clean up this particular page. Removing the railroad bridge photos to it's own post would be great. Then create a page for the Fink. I didn't add anything else because we are waiting for more research documents. The study to used to get bids to remove the bridge cites a 1910 date which isn't nearly representative of this crossings particular history as the first area settled at the three rivers.
The detailed map from 1871 clearly shows the Fink truss at this location. That truss was for both rail and road transportation.
The County offered it to us. They saved another similar. I encouraged them to work with the county and I was told to back off by the locals. Not my fault that it needs saved and it feels a bit doomed. If we can help we will.
Nathan put this together as we were doing the Springfield Bridge project.
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.
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.
Here it is. 2.5 million to demolish but the mayor wants to save the piers for a new bridge.
We too have a 60 day letter from WVDOH and we discussed with the mayor. We were waiting a conference call. Bureaucrats.
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.
Thanks Art. Everything takes so much time, but eventually things happen.
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 - email@example.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.
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.
Couldn't load images but you can find them here for the lift of the trusses.
Worth noting. The county did the modifications to the Old Richardsville bowstrings to achieve height and stability around this time.
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.