Fmiser

About Me 

Email: fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com

I'm a traveler, a photographer, an engineer, and a history buff. Bridges, highways, ports, buildings, and towns interest me - especially old ones.

Recent Updates 

Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge (St. Louis County, Minnesota)
Vertical-lift through truss bridge over the Duluth Ship Canal on Lake Avenue in Duluth
August 13, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Added more info about the earlier transporter bridge
Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge (St. Louis County, Minnesota)
Vertical-lift through truss bridge over the Duluth Ship Canal on Lake Avenue in Duluth
August 13, 2017: New photos
Rockville Bridge (Washington County, Utah)
Through truss bridge over Virgin River on Bridge Street in Rockville
August 5, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: wrote description, added design info, expanded one-line history
Rockville Bridge (Washington County, Utah)
Through truss bridge over Virgin River on Bridge Street in Rockville
August 5, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Added categories "Riveted", "11-panel truss", "One-lane traffic"
Rockville Bridge (Washington County, Utah)
Through truss bridge over Virgin River on Bridge Street in Rockville
August 5, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: wrote description, added design info,
NM - Missouri River Bridge (St. Charles County, Missouri)
North Missouri Railroad Fink deck truss and Trellis through truss bridge at St. Charles, MO
August 4, 2017: New photo
Kent Park Bowstring Arch Bridge (Johnson County, Iowa)
Bowstring pony truss bridge on a trail at F.W. Kent County Park
August 1, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
Little America Rest Area Bridge (Fulton County, Illinois)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Park on Pedestrian Trail
August 1, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
NM - Missouri River Bridge (St. Charles County, Missouri)
North Missouri Railroad Fink deck truss and Trellis through truss bridge at St. Charles, MO
July 29, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Expanded description, design, and history - limited to the early 1871-1884 structure
Wabash - First Missouri River Bridge (St. Charles County, Missouri)
Lost bridge over the Missouri River with Trellis throught truss and Whipple through truss spans
July 29, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Trimmed description to be limited to the later, 1884-1936 upgrade
Wabash Bridge (Marion County, Missouri)
Same Bridge. Lift span was the only thing replaced in 1993
July 29, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Added info on the repositioning of the pivot span in 1913
Ft. Leonard Wood Big Piney River Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)
T6 aluminum portable bridge over Big Piney River on Ft. Leonard Wood Road
July 20, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Added length, and added to description
Miles River Bridge (Talbot County, Maryland)
Bascule bridge over Miles River on MD 370
July 4, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Added info about previous bridges here.
Sassafras River Bridge (Kent County, Maryland)
Bascule bridge over Sassafras River on MD 213
July 4, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: changed date and added a note about 1985 and 1987
MILW - Short Line Bridge (Old) (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Lost Whipple deck truss bridge over Mississippi River on Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad & Road
July 1, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Expanded design and added a description
Wabash - First Missouri River Bridge (St. Charles County, Missouri)
Lost bridge over the Missouri River with Trellis throught truss and Whipple through truss spans
June 30, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: added to "fink" category
Brooks Avenue - RR Overpass (Monroe County, New York)
Lost Deck arch bridge over Railroad on Brooks Avenue
June 30, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Changed approach span design from fink to pratt
Abraham Lincoln Bridge I-65 North (Jefferson County, Kentucky)
Cable-stayed bridge over Ohio River on I-65 North
June 29, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: removed catecory "cable stay" as it is reduntant with the catecory "cable stayed"
Sleepy Hollow Covered Bridge 35-48-A (Lucas County, Ohio)
Multiple Kingpost through truss bridge over Ten Mile Creek on Olde Post Road
June 29, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: changed type from "multiple king post" to "concrete box beam" and added some explanaton.
Bennett Lane Bridge (Grayson County, Texas)
Concrete bridge over Big Mineral Creek on Bennett Lane in Hagerman NWR
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: removed pointless category "traffic"
Cathance River Bridge (Older) (Sagadahoc County, Maine)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Cathance River on Black Hill Road (ME 24)
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Removed from category "whipple" as it is already in category "whipple truss"
Revilee Creek Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Surplus US Army treadway M2 bridge over Revilee Creek on Revilee Valley Road
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Changed type from bailey truss to stringer, added treadway m2 info
Hegwood Creek Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
US Army surplus treadway M2 Bridge over Hegwood Creek on Airport Industrial Road
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Changed type from bailey truss to stringer, added treadway m2 info
Hegwood Creek Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
US Army surplus treadway M2 Bridge over Hegwood Creek on Airport Industrial Road
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Changed type from bailey truss to stringer, added treadway m2 info
Chigger Creek Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Surplus US Army treadway M2 bridge on Coleman Road
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Changed type from bailey truss to stringer, added treadway m2 info
Daniels Lane Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Surplus US Army treadway M2 bridge on Daniel Lane
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Changed type from bailey truss to stringer, added treadway m2 info
Chigger Creek Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Surplus US Army treadway M2 bridge on Coleman Road
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Changed type from bailey truss to stringer, added treadway m2 info
Daniels Lane Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Surplus US Army treadway M2 bridge on Daniel Lane
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Changed type from bailey truss to stringer, added treadway m2 info
Hegwood Creek Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
US Army surplus treadway M2 Bridge over Hegwood Creek on Airport Industrial Road
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Changed type from bailey truss to stringer, added treadway m2 info
Revilee Creek Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Surplus US Army treadway M2 bridge over Revilee Creek on Revilee Valley Road
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Changed type from bailey truss to stringer, added treadway m2 info
Bohan Dillon Road Bridge (Sonoma County, California)
Deck truss bridge over South Fork Gualala River on Bohan Dillon Road
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Moved from category "Bailey" to "Pre-fab, modular steel panel truss"
Old Plank Road Bridge (Ashtabula County, Ohio)
Bailey truss bridge over Grand River on Old Plank Road (TR 528)
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: changed from "deck" to "pony"
Michigan Bar Road Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Deck truss bridge over Cosumnes River on Michigan Bar Road in Rancho Murieta
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Moved from category "Bailey" to "Pre-fab, modular steel panel truss"
Kuhio Highway Bridge (Kauai County, Hawaii)
Pony truss bridge over Branch of Wainiha River on Kuhio Highway
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: expanded design description, addad category
Hauser Bridge (Sonoma County, California)
Pre-fab modular steel panel deck truss bridge over South Fork Gualala River on Hauser Br Road
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Moved from category "Bailey" to "Pre-fab, modular steel panel truss"
Freestone Flat Road Bridge (Sonoma County, California)
Deck truss bridge over Salmon Creek on Freestone Flat Road in Occidental
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Moved from category "Bailey" to "Pre-fab, modular steel panel truss"
Bohan Dillon Road Bridge (Sonoma County, California)
Deck truss bridge over South Fork Gualala River on Bohan Dillon Road
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Moved from category "Bailey" to "Pre-fab, modular steel panel truss"
Branch Mill Road Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Pre-fab modular steel panel deck truss bridge over Tar Springs Creek on Branch Mill Road
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Moved from category "Bailey" to "Pre-fab, modular steel panel truss"
Mill Crossing Bridge (Marin County, California)
Deck truss bridge over Lagunitas Creek on Mill Crossing
June 14, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: added category
E.L. Patton Yukon River Bridge (Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska)
Bridge over Yukon River on Dalton Highway
June 13, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: added height, extended design description
E.L. Patton Yukon River Bridge (Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska)
Bridge over Yukon River on Dalton Highway
June 13, 2017: Photo imported
Conrail - Clarion Trestle (Clarion County, Pennsylvania)
Baltimore deck truss bridge over Clarion River on Conrail
June 13, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: cleaned up categories
Mill Crossing Bridge (Marin County, California)
Deck truss bridge over Lagunitas Creek on Mill Crossing
June 12, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: removed "bailey" as truss design.
Callaway Fork Bridge (St. Charles County, Missouri)
Closed through truss bridge over Callaway Fork on Old Route D west of New Melle
December 2, 2016: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Wooden deck"
Callaway Fork Bridge (St. Charles County, Missouri)
Closed through truss bridge over Callaway Fork on Old Route D west of New Melle
December 2, 2016: Updated by Fmiser: Added deck details
UP - Miller Creek Bridge #3 (Monroe County, Iowa)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Miller Creek on former UP RR
November 17, 2016: Updated by Fmiser: Expanded the text decription of the truss design type.
Big Creek Park Footbridge (Fulton County, Illinois)
Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over Unnamed ditch on Foot traffic
November 17, 2016: Updated by Fmiser: Changed status to "destroyed"
Spoon River Bridge (Fulton County, Illinois)
Abandoned parker through truss bridge over Spoon River on Abandoned TR 388
November 17, 2016: Updated by Fmiser: Changed status to "destroyed by flood"
Impala Street Bridge (Macon County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over East Fork Chariton River on Impala Street
October 11, 2016: Updated by Fmiser: Gone. Replaced with a steel stringer
South Fork Little Nemaha River Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Through truss bridge over South Fork Little Nemaha River on FAS 3680
August 25, 2015: New photo

Recent Comments 

Posted August 5, 2017

Thanks, Pamela.

The owner info is now updated, and other information improved too.

Details
Posted August 3, 2017

To the unstoppable Nick Schmiedeler,

I sure have enjoyed the growing collection of bridges you have found and photographed. I wish I had the nearby bridges, time, determination, and _stamina_ you do! I admire and applaud what you accomplish.

But I have a humble request. As you hike, ride, swim, fly, and maybe even crawl to all those bridges and get photographic documentary of the irreplaceable structures - could you get more pictures of the details? Joints, pins, struts, eye bars, turnbuckles, railing attachment, lateral sway brace ends, etc, etc. An example of an entry with lots of details is the Clear Creek bridge in Nebraska. http://bridgehunter.com/ne/butler/C001200305P/

I hesitate to even ask. Actually, I have started to write a number of times and every time talked myself out of actually sending it. *smiles* And I know that each of us finds a different aspect of this hobby to be the thrilling part. But what finally convinced me to go through with sending this was this last batch, with ones like Big Hill Creek 3600 Rd. Bridge and Salt Creek-Marble Rd. Bridge. Almost certainly, I will never get to see them in person and take my own close-up photos, and I happen to think are a large part of what distinguishes one old truss from another. I am well aware that sometimes it's not possible to get close enough to get such photos.

So, for my sake, and the rest of us for whom the bridge's little details are a big deal, would you consider taking a few more pictures and getting more up-close details? I sure don't want you to think I'm in anyway criticizing what you have done!! And the pictures you have taken are immensely valuable. Don't stop what you're already doing - me and many others are mighty grateful for all you have contributed.

Re: Cruciform Outriggers
Posted August 2, 2017

Okay, Robert. I change it to 1900. That makes Grasshopper outside the "typical" - which I suppose it is. *smiles*

Cruciform outriggers
Posted August 1, 2017

Robert, and others.

I added a description to the category. I put down "typically before 1910". Does that seem to you to be an appropriate year?

Posted July 29, 2017

Art - you are correct. There were effectively two bridges here using the same substructure. Between 1880 and 1884, he early Finks were replaced with Whipple, the Trellis were also replaced, even the girder approach spans were replaced.

In light of that, I edited the details of this page to reflect the post-1884 bridge and put info on the earlier one on this page:

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-charles/nm-missouri-river/

Posted July 29, 2017

I dug a bit deeper and now retract my earlier suggestion to remove this entry. I found that between 1880 and 1884 the entire superstructure was replaced or upgraded. The Fink trusses were replaced with Whipple, and the Trellis were replaced, apparently with new Trellis spans.

Already the bridge is cluttered with whipple and trellis, to have fink too... I choose to make this entry represent the original bridge, with the Fink deck trusses. The other one has details about the newer Whipple spans.

I can't move the photos, but I would suggest that any of them that have the deck truss spans be put on this page leaving only the Whipple on the other page.

I don't know it was the _right_ choice - but it seems to be a logical one.

Re: bridges
Posted July 28, 2017

Nathan Holth wrote: "I find it rather annoying to see drivel such as this: http://bridgehunter.com/ky/henderson/bh78030/ ... Is a 34 Foot Box Beam that is of such low quality construction that it doesn't even have a WEARING SURFACE really the image of America that you want to be showing the world?"

To which I reply, "Yes!" That bridge is serving it's purpose quite well, and such "low quality" that it has survived - even without a wearing surface - for 50 years (according to NBI). 50 years has long been the "soft" demarcation on this website to qualify as historic. Also, there are only two photos, not a dozen or two. And it seems to me it communicates "to the rest of the world" (that you seem so intent on impressing) that we have simple as well as elaborate structures. That, I think, is good. Let the world see the _real_ USA, not just a pretty false front.

Jack obviously found it interesting enough to stop is car and get out to take a picture. I have to admit there are some far more impressive bridges that I did neither. I suspect this means he found it worth the effort to photograph, and the post. So while you might find it "drivel", others may not.

Tony Dillon wrote: "Agreed... These latest additions are only serving to lower the quality of this website."

Maybe lower the impressiveness - but I would venture to say it improves the _quality_ because the more that is documented today, the more info there is for tomorrow.

Robert Elder wrote: "These mundane slabs will be the historic bridges of the future once all of the trusses have been destroyed through demolition and flooding."

Well said - and I agree. Now I'm not necessarily advocating posting pictures of every steel culvert or concrete beam stringer. But there should be a few examples - if for no other reason than to provide contrast to the more elaborate bridges.

What I think is a big part of why this site is such a good resource is that by drawing on the interests of dozens of contributors it will therefore match the interests of a much larger quantity of visitors. There are tools provided on the site that will help hide the bridges you don't care about. Also, it's always possible to trim information if there is too much. But often nothing can be done if there is too little.

However, this isn't my website, so James gets the last word.

Early Erie canal timber bridge
Posted July 28, 2017

A book brought from the local library called "The Erie Canal" shows an illustration by Peter Spier of a timber bridge over the canal.

Here is a link to a site selling the book that has an image of the front cover.

https://www.abebooks.com/Erie-Canal-Peter-Spier-Illustrator-...

This bridge fascinates me! I'd sure like to find more information about it. Why, I'm not sure how to classify it. I think maybe it could be called a "overlapping double queen-post". I don't think I've seen this design anywhere.

Granted, this is an illustration in a kids book, so how much should it be trusted - but Peter Spier is usually quite accurate technically. The rest of the illustrations in the book seem to be accurate - and the details are highly plausible if not truly accurate.

Any of you fellow bridge folk know any more about these? Did they really exist? Did Peter invent it for his book?

I just spent a couple hours hunting for more details on early (pre 1935) Erie Canal bridges and found very little info. A couple books scanned by google suggest there was a "volume of plans" that might have some details. The book "Notes on some of the chief navigable rivers and canals in the United States and Canada" by George Walch states "The wooden bridges are almost invariably queen-post trusses," and that the accompanying book of plans gives details. I have not found that book of plans....

The canal opened in 1825, and by 1834 work began on widening it from 40 to 70 ft - which would require most bridges to be rebuilt too. So I'm guessing these cheap, simple, short timber bridges would have to have spanned the early canal. The widening wasn't complete until 1862 or so, but I suspect an open timber bridge built in 1825 would no longer be usable long before 1860.

Posted July 14, 2017

Dawn, the map that displays on the bridge page can be zoomed out. This can make it easy to figure out both in detail and in general where the bridge is located.

Posted July 4, 2017

Nathan, the National Bridge Inventory lists this as built in 1987 - but I'm inclined to believe the date _on_ the bridge. So I changed it to "1985" and added a note about the two dates.

Thanks for the legwork.

Posted July 1, 2017

The Google digitize book that supplied the photo describes the Fink trusses. So I quoted the relevant part in the description and expanded the design section.

Thanks for the additional images, Luke!

Posted June 30, 2017

This is listed as having a fink deck truss approach span. But the photos does not show any fink. What little I have found on it does not mention a Fink deck truss.

Is there really a fink?

Posted June 30, 2017

I think this is the same bridge as

https://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-charles/first-wabash-rr/

Both are in about the same location. Both were built in 1868. Both suffered a collapsed span causing a train to end up in the river in 1879. North Missouri Railroad was absorbed by the Wabash Railroad. And the image on this page sure looks like the same bridge with regard to span size, style, height, etc.

I was going to comment on the "fink" category - but since I think this is a duplicate entry - with less information, it should be deleted and any pertinent information shifted over to the First Wabash page.

Then, regarding the railroad. Should each of the owners be listed? St. Louis, Kansas City and Northern Railway was the successor to North Missouri Railroad - but only lasted from 1872 to 1879 before becoming part of Wabash. For now I'm NOT listing St. Louis, Kansas City and Northern Railway.

And then there is the "Trellis" through trusses. Looks kinda like a double intersecting Warren with half struts/half tension rods.

re: Categories
Posted June 29, 2017

Robert, regarding the multiple categories for one builder, maybe "sub-categories". I'm not sure how to make that work on the website - but James seems to be a genius in that field so I'm sure he can figure out something. That would allow a search for "king" to show all three names, and yet retain "King Bridge Co." for the ones that fit that specifically.

At least for now, in the category description the other names can be listed.

Re: "Destroyed by stupidity" category
Posted June 29, 2017

Clark, I agree that is a poor label for a category. "Driver error" would cover overweight, overtall, overwide, and cant-drive-straight. And it's clear what it's covering. Maybe "truck eating" should be changed too. *smiles*

Robert, I have been cleaning up a few of the categories - as I encounter them. I came a cross a few when I was sorting out the bailey from the other pre-fab panel bridges. I try to use a "light" touch, meaning if it's not super clear to me that it should be rename, split, or combined I leave it. After all, there _are_ opinions other than mine.