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 

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
Asher Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Salt River on MO Hwy H
February 8, 2015: Updated by Fmiser: added the year it was replaced
Jolly Mill Lane Bridge (Newton County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge on Jolly Mill Lane
October 3, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added length, year built, and year moved.
Old Elkhorn Ave Bridge (Fresno County, California)
Concrete pony arch bridge over Fresno Slough on an old alignment of Elkhorn Ave
September 7, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Changed design from "concrete arch" to "concrete pennsylvania pony", added construction year.
West Creek Bridge (Republic County, Kansas)
Kingpost pony truss bridge over West Creek, 8.0 mi. south and 1.2 mi. west of Belleville
September 3, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: changed history because the NBI 1929 date is probably wrong.
Dixon Truesdell Bridge (Lee County, Illinois)
Lost Truesdell pony truss bridge over Rock River
July 15, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added categories "Cast iron", "Wrought Iron"
Dixon Truesdell Bridge (Lee County, Illinois)
Lost Truesdell pony truss bridge over Rock River
July 15, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Expanded collapse details
Dickey's Ford Bridge (Orange County, Indiana)
Through truss bridge over Lost River on CR 375 North
July 15, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Steel grate deck", removed "open-grate deck"
Little River Bridge (Androscoggin County, Maine)
Pony truss bridge over Little River on Fiberboard Mill Drive
July 15, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Steel grate deck", removed "open-grate deck"
Singing Bridge (Hawaii County, Hawaii)
Steel stringer bridge over Wailuku River on Hawaii Belt Road, Hwy 19
July 15, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Steel grate deck"
White River MO 76 Bridge (Taney County, Missouri)
Five-span through truss bridge over White River (Bull Shoals Lake) on MO 76 near Forsyth
July 15, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Pratt truss"
White River MO 76 Bridge (Taney County, Missouri)
Five-span through truss bridge over White River (Bull Shoals Lake) on MO 76 near Forsyth
July 15, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Updated some details
Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge (Brown County, Wisconsin)
Steel through tied arch bridge over Fox River on I-43 in Green Bay
July 13, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Changed it from category "Bowstring Arch" to "Tied Arch".
Dinkey Historical Bridge (Fresno County, California)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Dinkey Creek on an access road in the Dinkey Creek Recreation Area
July 13, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Removed category "Bowstring arch" since the design is clearly a truss.
North Fork Long Creek Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Queenpost pony truss bridge over North Fork Long Creek on Quince Avenue
July 13, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Removed category "Pinned", as it was already in category "pin-connected"
IC - Wapsipinicon River Bridge (Buchanan County, Iowa)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Wapsipinicon River on Railroad
July 13, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Removed from category, "pinned", added to category "pin-connected"
MO 8 over Dry Fork Creek Bridge (Phelps County, Missouri)
Lost steel stringer bridge over Dry Fork Creek on MO 8 and MO 68
July 12, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added information about the replacement bridge
MO 8 over Dry Fork Creek Bridge (Phelps County, Missouri)
Lost steel stringer bridge over Dry Fork Creek on MO 8 and MO 68
July 12, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: minor changes
BNSF - Marietta Road Overpass (Fulton County, Illinois)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over County road 34 on BNSF railroad
July 12, 2014: Added
Private Road Overpass (Fulton County, Illinois)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over BNSF railroad
July 12, 2014: Added
Heitz Road Overpass (Fulton County, Illinois)
Steel pony truss span in a timber trestle bridge over the BNSF Railroad on E Heitz Rd
July 12, 2014: New photos
Smokey Road Overpass (Fulton County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over the BNSF Railroad on E Smokey Rd
July 11, 2014: New photos
Pineground Bridge (Merrimack County, New Hampshire)
Pin connected Lenticular through truss bridge over Suncook River in Chichester
July 5, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Wrought Iron"
Pineground Bridge (Merrimack County, New Hampshire)
Pin connected Lenticular through truss bridge over Suncook River in Chichester
July 5, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added alternate name, and a few other details
Glaze's Ford Bridge (Washington County, Tennessee)
Pratt through truss bridge over Nolichucky River
July 1, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Removed "through" from the pony truss description
Wilson Creek Bridge (Fulton County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Wilson Creek on Moose Rd (TR 240?)
July 1, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added categories "Concrete deck", "5-panel truss", "Riveted"
Wilson Creek Bridge (Fulton County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Wilson Creek on Moose Rd (TR 240?)
July 1, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: corrected location, added weight limit, expanded design
Wilson Creek Bridge (Fulton County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over Wilson Creek on Moose Rd (TR 240?)
July 1, 2014: New photo
Heitz Road Overpass (Fulton County, Illinois)
Steel pony truss span in a timber trestle bridge over the BNSF Railroad on E Heitz Rd
June 27, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: corrected spelling
Otter Creek Bridge (Fulton County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Otter Creek on County Road 2
June 25, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Concrete deck"
Otter Creek Bridge (Fulton County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Otter Creek on County Road 2
June 25, 2014: Added
Heitz Road Overpass (Fulton County, Illinois)
Steel pony truss span in a timber trestle bridge over the BNSF Railroad on E Heitz Rd
June 25, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Expanded description
Babylon Bend Bridge (Fulton County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Spoon River on Babylon Road (TR 123)
June 23, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: corrected map pin location
Royal Gorge - Hanging Bridge (Fremont County, Colorado)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Edge of Arkansas River on Rock & Rail LLC/Caņon City & Royal Gorge Railroad
March 8, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Pin-connected", added a couple photos
Royal Gorge - Hanging Bridge (Fremont County, Colorado)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Edge of Arkansas River on Rock & Rail LLC/Caņon City & Royal Gorge Railroad
March 8, 2014: Photo imported
Chain Bridge (Sixth) (Washington, District of Columbia)
Lost Howe through truss bridge over Potomac River and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal on Chain Bridge Road
March 4, 2014: Photo imported
Donora Monessen Bridge (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Deck truss bridge over Monongahela River on PA 1077
February 8, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added official name
Donora Monessen Bridge (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Deck truss bridge over Monongahela River on PA 1077
February 8, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added official name
Alaska Highway Bridge (Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska)
Lost cantilever truss (Subdivided Warren truss) over Tanana River on Alaska Highway in Tetlin
January 4, 2014: Photo imported
Tanana Pipeline Bridge (Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska)
Wire suspension bridge over Tanana River carrying the Alyeska Pipeline
January 4, 2014: Added
Tanana River Bridge (Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska)
Through truss bridge over Tanana River on Alaska Hwy 2/Richardson Hwy
January 4, 2014: Photo imported
Gakona River Bridge (Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska)
Lost through truss bridge over Gakona River on Tok Cutoff Highway in Gakona
January 3, 2014: Photo imported
BG&CM - North Fork Clearwater River Bridge (Clearwater County, Idaho)
Pratt through truss bridge over N.Fork.Clearwater on Railroad (BG&CM)
November 5, 2013: Updated by Fmiser: added span length and streetview
BG&CM - North Fork Clearwater River Bridge (Clearwater County, Idaho)
Pratt through truss bridge over N.Fork.Clearwater on Railroad (BG&CM)
November 5, 2013: New Street View added

Recent Comments 

Posted December 2, 2016

I recently drove over the bridge and could see ground work on the west (upstream) side on the north bank. There were a couple cranes etc.

It bugs me that this fully functional bridge is being demolished and a high dollar replacement is being built when way less money could be spend on maintenance and many of the now closed bridges could be in use.

MODOT's motto must be "Replace, don't repair!" Grrrr.

Posted December 2, 2016

Traffic was heavy so I didn't get to the bridge until it was too dark for photos. Bother! But it is still there, with a timber deck overlayed with asphalt, and small trees growing _on_ the deck.

It was dark enough I didn't examine the bridge closely, but it looked complete and intact - ready to be moved to a new home where it could be appreciated and loved. At least it wasn't demolished. Yet.

If you visit, approach from the north. The road on the south has a gate and an extensive collection of No Trespassing signs. From the north, I could have driven onto the bridge except for the guardrail welded across the portal.

Re: good to have you back
Posted November 22, 2016

Thanks, Robert. *smiles* I didn't really go anywhere, life just keeps me running. And before I knew it, it had been weeks, then months since I checked the forum.

Though I haven't stopped by "here" much, I still stop at bridges. I have photos from dozens of them I need to sort, tag, and pick a few to upload. Maybe tomorrow - er, I mean - next week. Yeah, I'll have time then. I'm sure I will. Maybe

Posted November 22, 2016

Robert, from what I've seen, a built-up bottom chord is not that rare. And I usually see it on later, riveted bridges. The earlier pin-connected are more likely to have eye-bars.

A few example, from memory and not really looking (much...)

http://bridgehunter.com/mn/goodhue/5750/

mn/goodhue/2624/

http://bridgehunter.com/il/fulton/29310807162/

http://bridgehunter.com/il/sangamon/84316118634/

il/sangamon/84318718661/

Some of those are not pin-connected, and some are not V-laced, but just use a batten. But all use a lower chord built-up from angle, not C-channel.

So I find it odd to see it on a bridge that old.

Nick, do you have any more photos? Maybe some detail views of the joint, etc?

Grrrr. I was just notified I can only put three URLs in a post. So I trimmed the domain off of a few of them. If you want to see the all, copy/paste the line to replace the part after ".com/".

Posted November 19, 2016

I'm not sure of your question...

If you are asking, "Was there another bridge at this location?" my guess is "no" because this it seems unlikely that an earlier truss was replaced in 1910.

If you are asking, "Is there currently more than one span here?" I would guess "no". Looking with Google Earth, I don't see anything else, and it's a pretty small creek and a pretty small road to have had two spans end to end OR side by side.

There is something about 1500ft north-northeast that could be a concrete bridge/culvert that the creek has washed around.

Next time, maybe take a machete. *smiles*

Posted November 19, 2016

Dylan,

Looking at those other three, and seeing the railroad and location, this Miller Creek span is most likely just a short version of the others. And they are clearly Warren trusses. That makes me even more confident this one is classified correctly.

Like this one, they have the mid-panel bracing like a Baltimore only on the end panels. The mid-panel brace on the rest of the web is horizontal, and only between "V" shaped members and NOT the center "A" shaped. Odd.

Posted November 19, 2016

I'm convinced this one was a truss. The joints, position of the members, and the rigidity of the structure are what convinced me that the sides are truss webs and not just a railing.

Dana and Kay Klein - put 'em up. Especially if it's not a plain stringer or some sort of Mail Order Bridge (MOB). I figure if I find it fascinating others will too. I have been given grief for some of my choices, though *smiles*

Posted November 17, 2016

It's a short span - so there really isn't much difference between a warren and a pratt. Because the vertical are all similar mass, I would tend to classify it as a Warren with verticals.

The sub-dividing of the end two panels is like a Baltimore - but the horizontal brace in the center two panels are not a strictly Baltimore stye dividing.

So what is it? Good question! I think the existing classification is accurate, though not the only one that could be used.

I did expand the text description to better describe the truss.

Posted November 17, 2016

I walked out to the bridge site from the south (after dark, so no pictures) - but it's down. Rubble from the truss is still in the river. This is not one of the registered "Nine Metal Highway Bridges of Fulton County Thematic Resources", but it's still sad.

On public property, with an old roadbed to make it easy to tie in to the hiking trails - it would have been nice it it had been maintained and made accessible to pedestrians. Too late now, though.

Posted November 17, 2016

Currently a new wide sidewalk is being installed all along the road. The grading for it appears to have required the removal of this little bridge.

While not historic, it sure was unusual. Lost in the quest for progress, I guess.

Posted October 11, 2016

I was driving along US 63, turned off to drive down a few miles of small, rough gravel roads to find - it gone. From the evidence there, I don't think it was longer ago than last summer. *sigh* Another one gone...

Posted August 26, 2015

I drove past a few weeks ago. It appears the upper (automotive) deck has been completely removed from the main spans. The west approach span - that Pratt you mention - was removed a number of years ago.

I'd sure like to see a pedestrian deck on that bridge!

Re: Bridge Comment
Posted February 1, 2015

I would add to John Marvig comment that this site is dependent on user contribution. That means any content any user adds should be considered as just a portion. The photos and essays are owned by the contributor - but pretty much everything else in a bridge entry is NOT owned by the person who added it.

Anyone who wants OWNERSHIP of a bridge entry should create their own website. This site is for _sharing_. Each of us sharing the stuff we have, putting it together with what others have, and the result is better than any of us could do on our own.

That means at some point every one of us will have to put up with something we would prefer was done our way.

Chester Gehman comments, "surely those who submit data based on a site visit have made a more significant contribution than adding street views, redundant categories, and minor tweaking." And, "an actual on-site visit will provide more reliable information than surfing the internet or Google Earth."

Sorry, I disagree.

Each type of contribution is valuable. Those street views, categories, and tweaking make this site a better place to visit. Doing so is different than visiting a site - but not less significant. Also, there is a LOT of information, history, and prior research that cannot be found at the site. Often the best way to get that kind of data is on the internet.

I have done both. Both are important. Both are contributions that make this site better. Let each contributor benefit the site in their own way.

Posted January 5, 2015

Nice work Will! I was unaware of the Briggs truss. Thanks for bringing it to light.

Posted January 4, 2015

"I'm relying primarily on what Google Earth has for creek names and such."

The best map I've found for feature names is the one right hear on the site. On each county page, in the pale blue band at the top is a link to a "Detail Map" (or "Big Map") This is a fairly large PNG image with lots of handy details.

So for this bridge, the county page is:

http://bridgehunter.com/il/will/

and the map is:

http://bridgehunter.com/il/will/big-map/