I live in South Central Pennsylvania. My day job is helping businesses with their marketing and technology needs.
Years ago one of my hobbies--model trains (N-scale)--got me researching bridges as I was creating my own vision for a railroad plan. I found this site and others: http://pghbridges.com/ and http://www.historicbridges.org/ I learned more about bridges, their uses, time periods, etc. I am not an expert, but am driven to research and help document these structures.
Planning a day of bridgehunting through tools like Google Maps, OpenStreetMaps, Bing Maps etc. is as much fun as exploring and photographing the bridges. I also realized my photography and kayak hobby allowed me to capture views of the bridges not everyone has access to. On the water I use a Nikon shockproof/waterproof point'n'shoot and on land I use a Nikon D3100...which is taking me back to my roots in SLR photography.
I enjoy transportation history, especially in the South Central Pennsylvania area. I love to learn about the railroads and waterways, and how timber, coal and other valuable goods were shipped 200-300 years ago. You'll see I capture photos of what "were" bridges--this is in an effort to document and share with others to preserve our history.
My favorite kinds of bridges: Metal trusses.
-Lady Pontist :-)
Check out my blog on my travels, bridges, and more at http://catherderxc90.blogspot.com/
Bridge Upper FallsNS - Portage Viaduct (Wyoming County, New York)
|BPRR - Colonel Drake Highway Overpass (Jefferson County, Pennsylvania)|
South side of bridge (shot from east bank)Clearfield Creek Bridge (Clearfield County, Pennsylvania)
|Conrail - Little Juniata River Bridge (Blair County, Pennsylvania)|
Looking north, Keymar Rd belowMMID - Little Pipe Creek Trestle (Frederick County, Maryland)
|Everhart Covered Bridge 38-22-05 #2 (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)|
North side of bridgeKnox Covered Bridge 38-15-15 (Chester County, Pennsylvania)
Looking southwestFriends Creek Road Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
|McGee's Mills Covered Bridge 38-17-01 (Clearfield County, Pennsylvania)|
I'm sorry but I have to disagree.
"Truss bridges became a common type of bridge built from the 1870s through the 1930s. Examples of these bridges still remain across the United States, but their numbers are dropping rapidly, as they are demolished and replaced with new structures. As metal slowly started to replace timber, wrought iron bridges in the U.S. started being built on a large scale in the 1870s."
"The Pratt truss was invented in 1844 by Thomas and Caleb Pratt. This truss is practical for use with spans up to 250 feet (76 m) and was a common configuration for railroad bridges as truss bridges moved from wood to metal. They are statically determinate bridges, which lend themselves well to long spans. They were common in the United States between 1844 and the early 20th century."
New bridge in progress. From Modjeski & Masters website:
As of Mary 2014 it was abandoned but intact
Intact, closed, abandoned as of May 2014
Update on the bridge...some good news...
Royce and Bobette,
You will probably get a few differing opinions on photos so I will start. I shoot more than less. You never know the bridge you are documenting may not exist in a year. I like to notate in the comments what I am shooting so others can see why I took the shot. For wide shots: both portals, oblique, side and barrel shots are good to get (if you can--sometimes shrubs, trees, buildings, landscape don't allow). I also may take photos of the bridge's surrounding (e.g., a historical home next to bridge) or views up/down stream. Detail shots are close-ups such as plaques, connections, abutments (including attaching to abutments), piers, decking, and underneath . I like to shoot more details on trusses (both metal and wood) vs. concrete and stone arches. Regardless of what you do have fun. -Jodi
What a neat find James! This is my favorite kind of bridgehunting...that and "twofers" (finding a bridge you didn't expect next to another).
I was looking at this bridge closer and this bridge entry is for the West Bound lanes (a concrete arch built in 1936). The East Bound bridge is from 1966 and is a steel stringer. If you look closely on satellite maps, especially Bing's Birds Eye you can see the 2 separate bridges in parallel.
I returned two years later to see this bridge. When I last saw it the bridge was restored but not in position. The bridge is functioning, looks great, and fits in the environment. Enjoy the photos! PennDOT did a great job.
I was at this bridge in September and no closure signs were seen.
A shout out to Jeff Nelson...awesome job. Glad to see communities embracing their heritage and not destroying the past for the sake of convenience or budget. Kudos to you, the team and all parties who drove this project forward!
I was able to get out and take a lot of photos documenting the bridge's current condition on Nov. 19th compared to my shots dating from 2009 and 2010.
There appears to be major rust in the substructure. As well as rust all over showing that the bridge needed more care (at least painting) to keep it performing.
Also in my photos you can see the vertical they replaced back in 2010-11 and the guide rails that replaced the frail railing. This is a neat bridge and I hope they take care to restore.
Good eye. This current bridge uses the original substructure, piers* and abutments of the covered bridge which opened in 1856.
According to Frank T. Dale's "Bridges over the Delaware River" this bridge's substructure previously carried motor vehicles across the Delaware River. Lumberville had saw mills and other businesses over the years.
Dale notes that the Joint Commission (formed by NY & PA) was rebuilding one of the piers* in 1942 and discovered the entire superstructure (except a recent steel addition added in 1903) had rotted beyond repair. So in 1944 they closed the bridge. This was during war times and steel was limited which delayed any rebuilding.
The Joint Commission decided the crossing wasn't necessary for vehicles and in 1947 they hired John A. Roebling & Sons to replace the old bridge with a modern one designed for pedestrians only. Today it is primarily used for folks going to the recreational island, Bulls Island State Park.
Awesome! Glad to see residents and local officials opposed that measure knowing a new UCEB would detract from the Fetter’s Mill Village historic district. Can't wait to see it restored in late 2014!
Where is this bridge? The GPS coordinates indicate Pennsylvania yet the bridge information provided says Allegany, Maryland.