J.R. Manning

About Me 

Email: thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

I'm just a regular guy who likes old stuff - mostly old cars, old highways and old bridges. I'm not an engineer nor do I play one on television, I'm just a guy who likes history and wants to help document all these wonderful old structures before they're gone. I believe in going out in the field and taking my own photos.

Old cars: In 2003, I drove my 1929 Model A Ford, "Sonja," to Manhattan where I met up with 53 other nuts in 26 other cars. We drove the Lincoln Highway to San Francisco. Sonja was the oldest car in the parade, and you'll notice that some photos of Lincoln Highway Bridges were taken through Sonja's windshield.

Old Highways: Well, as you've probably noticed, I'm a fan of the Lincoln Highway and I've posted several LH bridges here. I'm intrigued by many of the named highways of the United States and what America's highways were like before 1926 when they became numbered roads.

Old Bridges: I'm particularly fond of trusses, arches and movable crossings, including movable bridges and ferries. We seem to have a great number of movable bridges in Wisconsin and it's been fun to hunt them down.

There's nothing like the thrill of finding an interesting bridge, especially when you're not even looking. (I found the two bridges in Waushara County by accident - I was on my way to somewhere else and just came across them.)

A couple of years ago, I had the good fortune to have a job that sent me all over the midwest. I took several thousand photographs for my employer, and when I had time off, what did I do? Shot photos of bridges.

Oh, one more thing. I don't take life too seriously, after all, I'm never going to get out of it alive, anyway. If one of my posts doesn't seem just quite right, you might just want to read it again. ;)

Recent Updates 

Spring Street Bridge (Chippewa County, Wisconsin)
Rainbow arch bridge over Duncan Creek on Spring Street in Chippewa Falls
July 28, 2017: New photo
East LaPorte Street Footbridge (Marshall County, Indiana)
Footbridge over Yellow River on E. LaPorte Street (Pedestrian)
September 10, 2016: New photos
Oak Leaf Trail - Capitol Drive Overpass (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Lost girder bridge over State Highway 190 - East Capitol Drive on Oak Leaf Bike Trail, (Former Chicago & Northwestern Railway) in Shorewood
March 31, 2016: New photos
McGilvray Road Bridge No. 6 (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Bowstring truss bridge over a tributary of Black River on Old McGilvray Road in Van Loon Wildlife Area
July 12, 2015: New photos
McGilvray Road Bridge No. 5 (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Relocated pony truss bridge on McGilvray Road
July 12, 2015: New photos
McGilvray Road Bridge No. 4 (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Two-span bowstring truss bridge over a tributary of Black River on Old McGilvray Road in Van Loon Wildlife Area
July 12, 2015: New photos
McGilvray Road Bridge No. 3 (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Bowstring truss bridge over a tributary of Black River on Old McGilvray Road in Van Loon Wildlife Area
July 12, 2015: New photos
McGilvray Road Bridge No. 2 (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Two-span bowstring truss bridge over a tributary of Black River on Old McGilvray Road in Van Loon Wildlife Area
July 12, 2015: New photos
McGilvray Road Bridge No. 1 (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Two-span bowstring truss bridge over a tributary of Black River on Old McGilvray Road in Van Loon Wildlife Area
July 12, 2015: New photos
Fleming Creek Bridge (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Pony truss bridge over Fleming Creek on CTH M
July 12, 2015: New photos
Augres River Bridge (Arenac County, Michigan)
Girder bridge over Augres River on Court Street
January 7, 2015: Added by J.R. Manning, Discovered by Scott Sheehan
Kilbourn Avenue Bridge (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Bascule bridge over Milwaukee River on Kilbourn Avenue in Milwaukee
October 11, 2014: New photos
Warford Street Bridge (Dallas County, Iowa)
Slab bridge over Frog Creek on Warford Street
June 1, 2014: New photos
Willis Avenue Bridge (Dallas County, Iowa)
Slab bridge over Frog Creek on Willis Avenue
June 1, 2014: New photos
Beaver Creek Bridge (Dallas County, Iowa)
Lost marsh arch bridge over Beaver Creek on M Avenue
May 31, 2014: New photo
KCCC&StJ - Rock Creek Bridge (Clay County, Missouri)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Rock Creek on Abandoned Interurban Railroad
May 29, 2014: Added
218th Street Bridge (Delaware County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Plum Creek on 218th Street
April 19, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status
North Fork Maquoketa River Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over North Fork Maquoketa River on South Mound Road
April 19, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Adjusted GPS coordinates and added photos
Shell Rock Bridge (Butler County, Iowa)
Three-span arch bridge over Shell Rock River on Cherry Street in Shell Rock
March 28, 2014: New photos
Cherry Street Bridge (Butler County, Iowa)
Arch bridge over a drainage ditch on Cherry Street in Shell Rock
March 28, 2014: New photos
Traer Street Bridge (Butler County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Overflow-Shell Rock River on Traer Street
March 28, 2014: Added
Cold Water Creek Bridge (Butler County, Iowa)
Rumors of this bridge's demise are greatly exagerated
March 28, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Resurrected from the dead and photos added
Pecatonica River Bridge (Lafayette County, Wisconsin)
Through truss bridge over Pecatonica River on CTH D
March 26, 2014: New photo
Silver Creek Bridge (Taylor County, Wisconsin)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Silver Creek on Local road, Business Hwy 13 (Old 13)
October 4, 2013: Added
Hockeys Slough Bridge (Muscatine County, Iowa)
Concrete Rigid Frame bridge over Hockeys Slough on Bancroft Avenue
September 15, 2013: New photos
120th Street Bridge (Muscatine County, Iowa)
Steel rigid frame bridge over an unnamed creek on 120th Street
September 15, 2013: New photos
Houghton-Hancock Bridge (Houghton County, Michigan)
Vertical lift bridge over Portage Lake on US 41 between Houghton and Hancock
August 25, 2013: New photo
La Crosse Bridge (WB) (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Through truss bridge over Mississippi River on US 14/US 61/WI 16 (Westbound)
August 22, 2013: New photos
La Crosse Bridge (EB) (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Steel through arch bridge over Mississippi River on US 14/US 61/WI 16 (Eastbound)
August 22, 2013: New photos
Prairie River Bridge (Lincoln County, Wisconsin)
Stone arch bridge over Prairie River on W. Main Street (WI 64) in Merrill
August 18, 2013: New photos
Paint River Bridge (Iron County, Michigan)
Concrete arch bridge over Paint River on M-69 in Crystal Falls
August 5, 2013: New photos
McKinley Avenue Lift Bridge (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Bridge over Milwaukee River on W Mckinley Avenue in Milwaukee
June 28, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates
Motor Mill Bridge (1899) (Clayton County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over Turkey River on Galaxy Road
June 22, 2013: New photos
6th Street South Bascule Bridge (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Bridge over South Menomonee River Canal on 6th Street in Milwaukee
June 11, 2013: New photo
6th Street South Viaduct (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Cable-stayed bridge over Canadian Pacific RR on S 6th Street in Milwaukee
June 11, 2013: New photo
Humpback Bridge (Buchanan County, Iowa)
Pratt half-hip pony truss bridge over Dry Creek on 300th Street
May 31, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Changed status to lost after finding out the bridge was washed away by flooding
Jefferson Street Viaduct (Wapello County, Iowa)
Deck truss bridge over Des Moines River on Jefferson Street in Ottumwa
May 25, 2013: New photo
Mill Street Bridge (Tama County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Wolf Creek on Mill Street in Traer
May 11, 2013: New photos
Wolf Creek W Avenue Bridge (Tama County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Wolf Creek on W Avenue
May 11, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Chelsea Lincoln Highway Bridge (Tama County, Iowa)
Lost steel stringer bridge over Otter Creek on CH V18 (Original Lincoln Highway)
May 9, 2013: New photos
Eau Claire River Dells Bridge (Marathon County, Wisconsin)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Eau Claire River on Park Drive in Town of Plover
May 4, 2013: New photos
Eau Claire River Dells Bridge (Marathon County, Wisconsin)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Eau Claire River on Park Drive in Town of Plover
May 3, 2013: New photos
180th Street Bridge (Clinton County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Silver Creek(West) on 180th Street in Welton
April 26, 2013: New photo
25th Avenue Bridge (Jones County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Loss Creek on 25th Avenue
April 5, 2013: New photos
Moore's Ford Bridge (Jones County, Iowa)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over White Water Creek on 25th Avenue
April 5, 2013: Added
Lake Park Lion Bridges (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Ravines on Pedestrian Walkway in Milwaukee
March 30, 2013: New photo
Lake Park Footbridge (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Concrete arch bridge over Ravine Road on Lake Park in Milwaukee
March 30, 2013: New photos
Little Cedar River Bridge (Floyd County, Iowa)
Lost pony truss bridge over Little Cedar River on CR B23 (110th Street)
October 23, 2012: New photo
Flood Creek Bridge (Floyd County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Flood Creek on 220th Street
October 23, 2012: New photos
Flood Creek Bridge (Floyd County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Flood Creek on Holly Avenue
October 23, 2012: New photos

Recent Comments 

Iron Bridge (Massachusetts)
Posted May 9, 2015

This bridge appears to have been the location for several outdoor scenes of the Robert Downey, Jr. / Robert Duvall film "The Judge" from 2014.

Posted March 2, 2015

Thank you for adding that information. I was unable to see that plaque, because I respect private property and don't like to go traipsing where I'm not wanted, without permission, that is.

Wheeling Tunnel (West Virginia)
Posted February 28, 2015

Answers: Only a few seconds, the tubes are only 1,518 feet long (a little longer than a quarter mile) and yes, you can see all the way through them. The 7th photo in the sequence was taken from the west portal of the eastbound tube when it was under renovation.

The location of the engineering firm referenced in the earlier posting was taken from the Wheeling newspaper. If the information is incorrect, it was incorrect from the source.

Posted March 28, 2014

Rumors of this bridge's demise are greatly exaggerated. As of March, 2014, the Cold Water Creek Bridge on Blue Bird Road is open to traffic, albeit signed for weight.

Posted October 12, 2013

According to the Detroit Free Press, it appears the car ferry SS Badger will continue to ply Lake Michigan between Manitowoc and Ludington. The Badger is the last operational car ferry of the once enormous fleet of railroad ferries, and the last coal-fired cargo vessel on the lakes.

And therein lies her problem. The SS Badger has been on the endangered species list since 2008, when the Environmental Protection Agency leveled the ship into its crosshairs. Coal-fired vessels disposed of coal ash by mixing it with water and pouring it overboard. The Badger is no different, and has been disposing of coal ash into the lake since it was built in 1953. The EPA claims the coal ash is a pollutant and ordered the dumping stopped in 2008. The operators were given until 2012 to stop dumping or cease operations. The legal battle has continued ever since.

On October 10, 2013, U.S. District Judge Janet Neff approved a revised deal between the EPA and Lake Michigan Carferry, parent company of the S.S. Badger.

The agreement allows the Badger to continue operations while modifications are made to the ship. The deal calls for a reduction in the amount of ash discharged during the 2014 sailing season and by the start of the 2015 season, the Badger will have to store coal ash on board for later disposal on shore.

With this ruling, it appears the Queen of the Great Lakes Car Ferries (and the last of her breed still sailing) will continue to be an operational historical landmark.

Posted April 21, 2013

I was snooping around this bridge yesterday and wondering the same things you are. The continuous top chord design was a hallmark of the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company in Milwaukee. I've seen virtual twins to this bridge around Wisconsin, including the cemetery bridges in Oconomowoc.

There was a virtual twin to this bridge in Langlade County, spanning a branch of the Eau Claire River on Rangeline Road. It was built in 1908 and removed in 1991 and I can't help but wonder if this isn't that bridge. It would have been a move of about 50 miles, but this bridge was dismantled, so it isn't a stretch to think it might be the same bridge.

You can see that listing in in the Langlade County listings. There are photos from HAER in the listing, here's one of them. It was taken in 1987 by Martin Stupich.

Posted April 7, 2013

Great find, Robert! Did you find this while looking for something else, or did you suspect this bridge was out there?

Posted April 6, 2013

I still have the pole mount but haven't dug it out in awhile. For awhile there, I had a car that the pole wouldn't fit into and I got out of the habit of using it. (The original of the pink covered bridge from 2010 was shot with the pole.)

Actually, there hasn't really been call for it. It's not really tall enough to shoot the tops of through trusses. It can, however, give an interesting perspective to a bridge, especially if there isn't a hill or a convenient tree to climb to get an aerial shot.

There have been a couple of times I've wished I had it with me when I was shooting sites for over on the landmark site. Maybe I should start carrying it with me again.

Posted April 5, 2013

Note to Tony:

|-p~

You (especially you, Wayne) might just want to revisit James' gag from 2010:

http://bridgehunter.com/story/1121/

Posted April 5, 2013

Apparently, the old lady is still there.

It's (reportedly) now owned by a demolition company, but the company is having trouble coming to terms with Benwood over contracts.

An old friend of mine, a professor at a distinguished eastern university, has been quoted about bridges: "Bridges are expensive to build. They are expensive to maintain. They are even more expensive to take down."

The Bellaire Bridge seems to prove his adage.

Posted October 21, 2012

Recently, most analog clocks on display have been set at 10:10, but for many years, clocks were displayed with the time showing 8:18. A very popular misconception for decades held that all display clocks were set to 8:18 to commemorate the death of President Abraham Lincoln.

Actually, Lincoln was shot at 10:13 in the evening and died the next morning at about 7:20. So much for that wives' tale. (I first heard it from my grandmother when I was about 8 years old, she was backed up by several relatives who agreed with her. Sorry, Grandma, but 'tain't so!)

Today, the time is often set on display clocks to 10:10, not because of the time that Lincoln was shot, but because the hands form a "V" that frames the clock (or watch) maker's logo on the face.

In the days when the 8:18 time was displayed, it was determined to be the most symmetrical position for the two hands on the face of the clock. The hands are equidistant from the 12 and with about 3/4 of the face visible above the hands, there's more room for advertising copy.

This is a most interesting, and unusual, bridge decoration and honors Elgin Watch Co. Even though is is cast in concrete, it's correct twice a day!

Posted September 9, 2012

The bridge is reopened with a new deck.

Posted August 12, 2012

This bridge is DOOMED.

A new UCEB is under construction to replace it.

Posted June 26, 2012

Tony, it might be saving history in the wrong direction, but better to save it like this than by scrapping it to make toasters.

Posted June 26, 2012

But not a precedent.

A similar bridge was constructed in Nebraska along the Lincoln Highway.

http://bridgehunter.com/ne/douglas/old-lincoln-highway/