Jann Mayer

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Email: jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com

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From the air

Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco County, California)

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Entire bridge

CSX - Great Miami River Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
From the 5th Street Bridge

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Center span

CSX - Great Miami River Bridge (Montgomery County, Ohio)
From the 5th Street Bridge

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Southernmost span over the Escanaba and Lake superior tracks

CN - Escanaba River Bridge (S) (Delta County, Michigan)

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Seven of the ten spans

CN - Escanaba River Bridge (S) (Delta County, Michigan)

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From the west

CN - Escanaba River Bridge (S) (Delta County, Michigan)

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Bay Shore Road Bridge at sunset

Bay Shore Road Bridge (Delta County, Michigan)

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Remnants of a pier

Bay Shore Road Bridge (Delta County, Michigan)

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Bay Shore Bridge at Sunset

Bay Shore Road Bridge (Delta County, Michigan)

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North tower

Vincent Thomas Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)

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Panoramic view from the north

Vincent Thomas Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)

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Lift mechanism on south side of roadway

Mystic River Bascule Bridge (New London County, Connecticut)
Operator's house is in the background

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Looking west

Mystic River Bascule Bridge (New London County, Connecticut)

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Looking north (upriver)

Mystic River Bascule Bridge (New London County, Connecticut)

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From the west

Hood Canal Bridge (Kitsap County, Washington)
Each end has a Warren truss with no verticals made out of welded tubes. One end of the bridge is floating and the other hinged on land.

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Western truss span

Hood Canal Bridge (Kitsap County, Washington)
A submarine is about to pass through the bridge

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Trusses

Olympic Discovery Trail - Dungeness River Bridge (Clallam County, Washington)

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Looking north

UP - Yuma Bridge (Yuma County, Arizona)

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South portal

UP - Yuma Bridge (Yuma County, Arizona)

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UP - Yuma Bridge (Yuma County, Arizona)

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Looking south

UP - Yuma Bridge (Yuma County, Arizona)

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Looking south

UP - Yuma Bridge (Yuma County, Arizona)

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Southbound CN freight approaching Marinette side

CN - Menominee River Bridge (Wisconsin) (Marinette County, Wisconsin)
The concrete piers are hidden behind the stone piers in this angle.

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Looking north

South Fork Trail - Santa Clara River Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)

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View from the south bank looking east

South Fork Trail - Santa Clara River Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)

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From below

South Fork Trail - Santa Clara River Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)

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North abutment from below

South Fork Trail - Santa Clara River Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)

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West support

NPB - Elizabeth River Lift Bridge (Chesapeake, Virginia)
The counterweight blocks the tracks when the bridge is open.

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Looking north along the canal

MC - Buzzards Bay Bridge (Barnstable County, Massachusetts)

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East tower and approach

MC - Buzzards Bay Bridge (Barnstable County, Massachusetts)

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Charlestown Bridge

Charlestown Bridge (Suffolk County, Massachusetts)

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Eastbound coal train over center span

Kate Shelley High Bridge (Boone County, Iowa)

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Eastbound coal train over center span

Kate Shelley High Bridge (Boone County, Iowa)
Before the view was blocked by the new bridge

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Looking northeast along Levering Road

CSX - Thomas Viaduct (Howard County, Maryland)
The southernmost arch

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From levering Road

CSX - Thomas Viaduct (Howard County, Maryland)

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From the north

SEPTA - Schuylkill River Bridge (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania)
View from the Schuylkill River bike trail

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Central pier

UP - US 101 Overpass (Ventura County, California)

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Wetbound train passing underneath itself

UP - Tunnel No. 9 (Tehachapi Loop) (Kern County, California)

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View from the Coast Starlight

UP - Stenner Creek Trestle (San Luis Obispo County, California)
After crossing the bridge, the northbound trains go around Horseshoe Curve and start up Cuesta Grade, giving a great view of the bridge a few minutes after crossing it.

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View from the Kentucky side

Madison-Milton Bridge (Jefferson County, Indiana)

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First new section on its temporary pier

Madison-Milton Bridge (Jefferson County, Indiana)

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Closeup of old and new trusses

Madison-Milton Bridge (Jefferson County, Indiana)
The lack of lattice is obvious when they are next to each other.

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first new section from the Indiana side

Madison-Milton Bridge (Jefferson County, Indiana)

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From the north

Chestnut Street CSX Overpass (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania)

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Los Penasquitos Bridge

Los Penasouitos Creek Bridge (San Diego County, California)

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Hanamaulu Creek Aqueduct Bridge

Hanamaulu Creek Aqueduct Bridge (Kauai County, Hawaii)

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Central arch span

Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (Harford County, Maryland)

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View from Havre de Grace

Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (Harford County, Maryland)

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Settling center spans

Stone Arch Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Two of the center arches are lined with concrete - note how the deck has settled a few inches between these arches.

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Looking west from Mineral Road

Mineral Road Bridge (San Bernardino County, California)
This is one of the few parts of the Mojave River that always ahs water flowing above ground.

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Looking east from the New London side

Gold Star Memorial Bridge (New London County, Connecticut)
The old bridge is overhead and the new on the left.

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South tower

Lindley Road Bridge (Humboldt County, California)

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Looking south

Lindley Road Bridge (Humboldt County, California)

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Looking north across the bridge

Lindley Road Bridge (Humboldt County, California)

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Looking west

Mattole Road Bridge (Humboldt County, California)

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Looking north

Bollman Bridge (Howard County, Maryland)
This is one of the few railroad-to-pedestrian bridges that still has the tracks.

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Looking northwest

Bollman Bridge (Howard County, Maryland)

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Detail of lattices

First Avenue Bridge (San Diego County, California)

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Recent Updates 

Mattole Road Bridge (Humboldt County, California)
Concrete arch bridge over Mattole River on Mattole Road
January 6, 2017: New photos
Lindley Road Bridge (Humboldt County, California)
Suspension bridge over Mattole River on Lindley Road
January 6, 2017: New photos
Monterey Drive Bridge (Sonoma County, California)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Matanzas Creek on Monterey Drive
January 5, 2017: Added
Los Penasouitos Creek Bridge (San Diego County, California)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Los Penasouitos Creek on Old Pomerado Road
November 11, 2016: New Street View added
Quince Street Bridge (San Diego County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over Maple Canyon on Pedestrian walkway
November 5, 2016: Added
Spruce Street Suspension Bridge (San Diego County, California)
Wire suspension bridge over Kate Sessions Canyon on Pedestrian walkway
November 5, 2016: Added
First Avenue Bridge (San Diego County, California)
Steel arch bridge over Maple Canyon on First Avenue in San Diego
November 5, 2016: New photos
North Torrey Pines Bridge (San Diego County, California)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Mtdb, Bnsf Ry, & Amtrak on N Torrey Pines Road
August 2, 2014: Updated by Jann Mayer: Updated history to reflect completion of restoration
Ocean to Ocean Highway Bridge (Yuma County, Arizona)
Through truss bridge over Colorado River on Penitentiary Avenue
August 2, 2014: Updated by Jann Mayer: Removed Imperial County, CA tag - this bridge is entirely in Arizona
UP - Yuma Bridge (Yuma County, Arizona)
Through truss bridge over Colorado River on Union Pacific Railroad in Yuma
July 9, 2014: New photos
UP - Yuma Bridge (Yuma County, Arizona)
Through truss bridge over Colorado River on Union Pacific Railroad in Yuma
July 4, 2014: Updated by Jann Mayer: Added length
BNSF - Santa Margarita River Bridge (San Diego County, California)
Pratt through truss bridge over Santa Margarita River on BNSF/MTSD/Amtrak
December 30, 2013: Updated by Jann Mayer: Changes status to reflect upcoming demolition
Stockton Street Tunnel (San Francisco County, California)
Tunnel under Bush, Pine & California Streets on Stockton Street
November 8, 2013: New photo
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco County, California)
Suspension bridge over San Francisco Bay on US 101 at San Francisco
October 26, 2013: New photo
Carquinez Strait Bridge (1958) (Contra Costa County, California)
Bridge over Sacramento River, BNSF railroad on Interstate 80, eastbound
October 23, 2013: New photo
Lusardi Creek Bridge (San Diego County, California)
Timber stringer bridge over Lusardi Creek on Black Mountain Road
October 19, 2013: New photos
Intercity Bridge (Ramsey County, Minnesota)
Concrete arch bridge over Mississippi River on Ford Parkway (CSAH 42) in St. Paul
October 19, 2013: New photo
Soldiers Home Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Steel arch bridge over Minnehaha Creek on Soldiers Road in Minneapolis
October 19, 2013: New photos
Long Meadow Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Through truss bridge over Long Meadow Lake on a pedestrian walkway in Bloomington
October 19, 2013: New photos
Russian River Bridge (Sonoma County, California)
Pratt Through truss bridge over Russian River on CA 116 in Guerneville
October 19, 2013: New photos
San Luis Rey River Bridge (San Diego County, California)
Deck truss bridge over San Luis Rey River on Hill Street in Oceanside
October 19, 2013: New photos
Vincent Thomas Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)
Suspension bridge over Los Angeles Harbor main channel on CA 47 in Los Angeles
June 16, 2013: New photos
Hood Canal Bridge (Kitsap County, Washington)
Pontoon bridge over Hood Canal on WA 104
May 27, 2013: New photo
Fremont Bridge (King County, Washington)
Bascule bridge over Lake Washington Ship Canal on Fremont Avenue North in Seattle
May 27, 2013: New photo
Aurora Avenue Bridge (King County, Washington)
Deck truss bridge over Lake Union on Aurora Ave./WA 99 in Seattle
May 27, 2013: New photo
I-5 - Lake Washington Ship Canal Bridge (King County, Washington)
Deck truss bridge over Lake Washington Ship Canal on I-5 in Seattle
May 27, 2013: New photo
University Bridge (King County, Washington)
Bascule bridge over Portage Bay on Eastlake Avenue NE in Seattle
May 27, 2013: New photos
441 Ranch Rd Pony Truss (Grayson County, Texas)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over unnaned creek on road
April 30, 2013: New Street View added
UP - US 101 Overpass (Ventura County, California)
Continuous 2-span Warren through truss bridge over US 101 on the Union Pacific Railroad in San Buenaventura
April 12, 2013: New photos
UP - Arroyo Grande Creek Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Arroyo Grande Creek on Union Pacific Railroad (Formerly SPRR)
April 12, 2013: Added
UP - North Pismo Creek Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Warren through truss bridge over Pismo Creek on Union Pacifc railroad (Formerly SPRR)
April 12, 2013: Added
UP - Pismo Creek Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Pismo Creek on Union Pacific Railroad (formerly SP RR)
April 12, 2013: New photos
Arroyo Grande Swinging Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Wire suspension bridge over Arroyo Grande Creek on Footpath
April 12, 2013: Added
Avila Truss Bridge No. 5 (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Lost Pratt bhrough truss bridge over San Luis Obispo Creek on Pacific Coast Railway/Avila Beach Drive
April 12, 2013: Added
San Luis Obispo Creek Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Concrete tee beam bridge over San Luis Obispo Creek on Broad Street
April 11, 2013: Added
Bridge Street Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Pratt Pony truss bridge over Arroyo Grande Creek on Bridge Street in Arroyo Grande
April 11, 2013: Updated by Jann Mayer: Added builder info
San Luis Obispo Creek Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Girder bridge over San Luis Obispo Creek on Bianchi Lane
April 11, 2013: Added
Bridge Street Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Pratt Pony truss bridge over Arroyo Grande Creek on Bridge Street in Arroyo Grande
April 11, 2013: New photos
Stenner Creek Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Concrete arch bridge over Stenner Creek on Broad Street in San Luis Obispo
April 11, 2013: New photos
UP - Stenner Creek Trestle (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Deck plate girder bridge over Stenner Creek/Stenner Creek Road on Union Pacific Railroad/Amtrak
April 11, 2013: Updated by Jann Mayer: Updated construction date, added link to article
Bello Street Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Through truss bridge over Pismo Creek on Bello Street in Pismo Beach
April 9, 2013: New photos
Bello Street Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Through truss bridge over Pismo Creek on Bello Street in Pismo Beach
April 8, 2013: Updated by Jann Mayer: Added builder, description
Bello Street Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Through truss bridge over Pismo Creek on Bello Street in Pismo Beach
April 8, 2013: New photos
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
April 8, 2013: Updated by Jann Mayer: Updated type and status.
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
April 8, 2013: New photos
Arroyo Grande Creek Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Open spandrel concrete arch bridge over Arroyo Grande Creek on Mason Street in Arroyo Grande
April 8, 2013: Updated by Jann Mayer: Changed type to open spandrel, added photos
Arroyo Grande Creek Bridge (San Luis Obispo County, California)
Open spandrel concrete arch bridge over Arroyo Grande Creek on Mason Street in Arroyo Grande
April 8, 2013: New photos
DRGW - Elk Park Bridge (San Juan County, Colorado)
Pratt through truss bridge over Animas River on Abandoned Railroad
February 15, 2013: Updated by Jann Mayer: Added length and skew information
North 1st Avenue Bridge (San Bernardino County, California)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mojave River on N 1st Avenue
February 4, 2013: New photo
Palisades Ranch Bridge (San Bernardino County, California)
Pony truss bridge over Mojave River on Heritage Road
February 1, 2013: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted October 23, 2013

I'm not sure that this is the last simple truss built for a railroad at a new location. The Washington Blvd Bridge in Los Angeles County is a simple Pratt truss, and it was built in 2001 as part of a track re-alignment, so there was no bridge at the location previously.

Posted April 19, 2013

Great photos, Craig! How did you get to the bridge - I wasn't sure if any of those roads were open to the public?

Posted April 11, 2013

It's good to see a city take pride in a historic bridge and go to such efforts to preserve it.

Posted February 27, 2013

Is this the only wooden through Howe truss still around? (Not counting covered bridges, of course.)

Posted January 26, 2013

I know of at least one lost bridge that has a Street View image but no actual photos. If Google heads down this street again, the image will be lost. I have seen other websites save a static copy of the Street View image to protect against this. Perhaps that is worth doing here as well?

Posted September 18, 2012

I'm not sure about the 1901 date. One of the two short spans has a "1921" plate.