Julie Bowers

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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 

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.

Posted May 7, 2017

Expensive load. Not yet but will be tonight.

Posted May 7, 2017

Anybody considered that it was intentional? Just saying, that bridge, our bridge, was in the way.

Yes, we are on it, to ask hard questions and try like hell to save what can be saved with as little more destruction to on as possible. But it is twisted and broken.

We know how to do it if it can be done.

Posted May 5, 2017
Posted May 5, 2017

Destroyed by a grain semi. Stupid jerk drivers that was our bridge too. We were going to keep it there. Aaaargh

Posted May 4, 2017

Shoes and the beginning of the lower chord bars yesterday, posts and castings today.

Posted May 2, 2017

Lee saw the water moccasin yesterday on the crane pad. I am glad I did not. Rising water has displaced a lot of wildlife but still. When I heard they come to investigate the generator vibrations...oh dear.

The caissons look good, repairs to top chord breaks nearly done and are nearly invisible, yet stronger than ever.

Posted May 2, 2017

I would think about offering to save these bridges but IOWA SHPO truly makes it way too hard. You must know what you're doing, you must have all the money, you must make sure it has somewhere to go that they like and none of it must come back to them, oh and figure out your own scope of work and estimates.

Other states do it better. This just makes me laugh out loud. They have learned nothing except that in order to fulfill the mission they have to offer it up for sale and do a historic bridge plan.

We can find homes for Warren pony trusses but we won't know until we get them, see what restoration needs are and then find the new homes. It is just backwards.

Posted April 26, 2017

and a nice picture of the beginning -

Posted April 26, 2017

A new Facebook page for photos of the reassembly at Springfield Bridge. Check it out. or more pictures at Bach Steel or Workin' Bridges and anywhere else we can think of.

Fundraiser in place to "Paint the Rail" - looking for naming rights to 8' sections of riveted and laced railing or the riveted vertical posts between - $450 / $50.

Pledges Only Now to see if the goal of $15,000 can be met. The rail arrives tomorrow.

We know (and you all know) that the magic begins with the reassembly, but the hard work that it took from all involved, city, county, state, fed was substantial. (I guess that is my thang Tony).

But, what was started is now on it's way to completion. Here's a glimpse of the history that we compiled and Nathan produced.

Posted April 20, 2017

The stage is set. Thank you Faulkner County roaks department. What a crew! We are fortunate.

Posted April 19, 2017

a Meet n Greet will be held Saturday to go over the craftsman's record on this bridge in conjunction with the Faulkner County Historical Society. If you are in the area, we would love to see you stop by. James Baughn you are not that far away!.

The gangs all here (soon) and the reassembly and reset begins for the final push.

You can order a t-shirt.