Roger Deschner

About Me 

Email: rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com

I am a lifelong amateur photographer and incurable tourist who has pointed my camera at a number of bridges along the way. Some of my pictures of bridges have accidentally become historic, as the bridges have been destroyed or altered since I photographed them. I am currently focusing on bridges in the Chicago area.

Favorite Photos 

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Black Hawk Bridge at sunset

Black Hawk Bridge (Allamakee County, Iowa)

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View from southwest, ground level

Archer Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
This close up view from the southwest at ground level highlights the incredibly intricate design of this bridge.

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Aerial view of bridge

San Diego - Coronado Bridge (San Diego County, California)
Photo taken from commercial jetliner. Looking north, Coronado Island is at lower left; Downtown San Diego is at upper left.

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Cupcakes

Fort Morgan Rainbow Arch Bridge (Morgan County, Colorado)
Freshly fallen snow is frosting on the arches like a double row of cupcakes. Snow on the deck makes for nice shadows too. View from north portal.

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...and then a train came and crossed it!

UP - Tiffany Stone Arch Bridge (Rock County, Wisconsin)
I heard a train whistle in the distance, so I waited. What great luck to have that train come along while I was there!
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View from southeast

NCRC - South Loup River Bridge (Howard County, Nebraska)

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View from southwest

Wells Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
View from southwest with Brown Line train crossing on top deck. The grey south leaf has already been replaced, and the red north leaf is awaiting replacement.

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South Portal

Nine Span Bridge (Lake County, Indiana)
January 13, 2013 was a very somber, grey day. Somehow an appropriate benediction as the bridge carried traffic for its last full day.

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South Portal Traffic

Arsenal Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Train enters south portal, while a car exits underneath the train.

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Bridge before collapse

I-35W Mississippi River Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
View from above, from a high floor of the hotel southeast of the bridge. Picture taken just 4 years before the collapse. Same view of new bridge in Photo 44 at http://bridgehunter.com/mn/hennepin/bh49737/

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Recent Updates 

Waterford Bridge (Dakota County, Minnesota)
Through truss bridge over Cannon River on CR 166 Canada Ave.
November 10, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Jack Arch Deck"
Sachs Covered Bridge 38-01-01 (Adams County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Marsh Creek on Waterworks Road
October 25, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Haunted"
Market Street Bridge (Jefferson County, Ohio)
Suspension bridge over the Ohio River on WV 2 Spur (Market Street) in Steubenville
September 26, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added to NRHP
Market Street Bridge (Jefferson County, Ohio)
Suspension bridge over the Ohio River on WV 2 Spur (Market Street) in Steubenville
September 26, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added to NRHP
Dunkard Mill Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Lost Stone arch bridge over Walnut River on 272nd Road
September 26, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added with photo
Dunkard Mill Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Lost Stone arch bridge over Walnut River on 272nd Road
September 25, 2020: New photo
Dunkard Mill Bridge (Cowley County, Kansas)
Lost Stone arch bridge over Walnut River on 272nd Road
September 25, 2020: Added
NYC - Gauley River Bridge (Fayette County, West Virginia)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Gauley River on former New York Central Railroad
September 16, 2020: New photo
CSX - Stretchers Neck Tunnel (Fayette County, West Virginia)
Tunnel under unknown ridge, CR 25 (McKendree Rd.) on CSX Railroad at Prince
September 16, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Amtrak"
US98 Pensacola Bay Bridge (Santa Rosa County, Florida)
Lost Concrete stringer bridge over Pensacola Bay on US 98
September 16, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: New replacement bridge destroyed by hurricane Sally
Pamunkey River Bridge (King William County, Virginia)
Bascule Bridge on VA 30 & 33 /14th St. over Pamunkey River
September 8, 2020: New photo
Goddins Pond Dam (New Kent County, Virginia)
Slab bridge atop dam over Philbates Creek on VA 600 Holly Fork Road
September 7, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added with photos
Goddins Pond Dam (New Kent County, Virginia)
Slab bridge atop dam over Philbates Creek on VA 600 Holly Fork Road
September 7, 2020: New photos
Goddins Pond Dam (New Kent County, Virginia)
Slab bridge atop dam over Philbates Creek on VA 600 Holly Fork Road
September 7, 2020: Added
Pamunkey River Bridge (King William County, Virginia)
Bascule Bridge on VA 30 & 33 /14th St. over Pamunkey River
September 7, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add construction date, other info
West Point Bridge (King and Queen County, Virginia)
Deck girder bridge over Mattaponi River on Virginia 33
September 7, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Bridge was replaced 2007
Millbrook Bridge (Kendall County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over Fox River on former alignment of Whitfield Road
August 26, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Changed Description to past-tense, since bridge demolished.
Amtrak - Valley Creek Road Overpass (Chester County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Valley Creek Road on Amtrak and abandoned Conrail P&T Br
August 15, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Haunted"
Long Grove “Covered” Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
1906 pony truss bridge with modern wooden superstructure over Buffalo Creek on Robert Parker Coffin Road in Long Grove
August 15, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added categories ""Truck Eating"", "Haunted"
BNSF - Stephen Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Stephen Street on BNSF Railway
July 30, 2020: New photos
Edmund Pettus Bridge (Dallas County, Alabama)
Steel through arch bridge over Alabama River on Business US 80 in Selma
July 26, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added description and video
Edmund Pettus Bridge (Dallas County, Alabama)
Steel through arch bridge over Alabama River on Business US 80 in Selma
July 26, 2020: New video
BNSF - Mississippi River Bridge (Ball Club) (Itasca County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mississippi River on BNSF Railway
July 15, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "Mississippi River"
UP - Tiffany Stone Arch Bridge (Rock County, Wisconsin)
Stone arch bridge over Turtle Creek on Union Pacific Railroad in Town of Turtle
July 4, 2020: New video
UP - Tiffany Stone Arch Bridge (Rock County, Wisconsin)
Stone arch bridge over Turtle Creek on Union Pacific Railroad in Town of Turtle
June 28, 2020: New photos
Washita River Bridge (Grady County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over Washita River on N2828 (old US 81) in Chickasha
June 10, 2020: New Street View added
NS - Portage Viaduct (3rd) (Wyoming County, New York)
Deck truss bridge over Genesee River on Norfolk Southern Railway north of Portageville
May 22, 2020: New photos
West Fork White Lick Creek Bridge (Hendricks County, Indiana)
Abandoned bridge over West Fork White Lick Creek on Abandoned road (formerly US 40)
May 14, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added build and replacement dates per Jim Grey's article with photos
Division Street Bridge (new) (Cook County, Illinois)
Bailey pony truss bridge over Chicago River North Branch Canal on West Division Street
April 11, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Fixed dimensions; previously largest span was longer than total length, which is impossible
US 90 Overpass (Austin County, Texas)
Steel stringer bridge over TX 36 on US 90
April 11, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Replacement bridge now open, see Google street view
US 90 Overpass (Austin County, Texas)
Steel stringer bridge over TX 36 on US 90
April 11, 2020: New Street View added
CP - Burnham Bridge (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Bobtail swing Warren through truss bridge over Menomonee River Canal on Canadian Pacific Railway
April 11, 2020: New photo
Phillips Covered Bridge 14-61-12 (Parke County, Indiana)
Covered bridge over Big Pond Creek on CR450W southeast of Montezuma
March 2, 2020: New photos
McDonough Street Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Bascule bridge over Des Plaines River on McDonough Street (US 6/52) in Joliet
February 24, 2020: New photos
Romeo Road Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Relocated through truss swing bridge over marsh on Centennial Trail.
February 23, 2020: New photos
Romeo Road Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Relocated through truss swing bridge over marsh on Centennial Trail.
February 23, 2020: New Street View added
CN - Broadway Street Overpass (Will County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over IL53/IL7/Historic US66 (Broadway St) on EJ&E Ry (now CNRR)
February 23, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added category "US 66"
BNSF - I&M Canal Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Baltimore through truss bridge over I&M Canal on BNSF Railway in Joliet
February 23, 2020: New photo
Millbrook Bridge (Kendall County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over Fox River on former alignment of Whitfield Road
February 16, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added video, photos. Bridge now closed to pedestrians.
Millbrook Bridge (Kendall County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over Fox River on former alignment of Whitfield Road
February 16, 2020: New video
Millbrook Bridge (Kendall County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over Fox River on former alignment of Whitfield Road
February 16, 2020: New photos
Millbrook Bridge (Kendall County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over Fox River on former alignment of Whitfield Road
February 16, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Bridge now closed to pedestrians
Brandon Road Draw Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Bascule bridge Brandon Road Lock channel on Des Plaines river just south of Joliet
January 6, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Bridge closed for long-term repairs of center lock mechanism
Appalachian Trail/CSX - Potomac River Bridge (Jefferson County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over Potomac River and old C&O Canal in Harpers Ferry on CSX Railroad and Appalachian Trail
December 29, 2019: Updated by Roger Deschner: Bridge damaged by derailment; video added
Appalachian Trail/CSX - Potomac River Bridge (Jefferson County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over Potomac River and old C&O Canal in Harpers Ferry on CSX Railroad and Appalachian Trail
December 29, 2019: New video
Route Of The Hiawatha Trail - Taft Tunnel (Mineral County, Montana)
Tunnel through St. Paul Pass on Route Of The Hiawatha Trail
December 15, 2019: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added date of abandonment by RR, and links to Wikipedia and an article about finding the cemetery of constriction workers who died
Roosevelt Lake Bridge (Gila County, Arizona)
Steel through arch bridge over Roosevelt Lake on AZ188
December 12, 2019: New video
Philippi Covered Bridge 48-01-01 (Barbour County, West Virginia)
Burr arch-truss bridge over Tygart Valley River on U.S. 250 in Philippi
December 12, 2019: Updated by Roger Deschner: New photos, expanded description, added category "US 250"
Philippi Covered Bridge 48-01-01 (Barbour County, West Virginia)
Burr arch-truss bridge over Tygart Valley River on U.S. 250 in Philippi
December 12, 2019: New photos
Hi Carpenter Bridge (old) (Pleasants County, West Virginia)
Lost eyebar suspension bridge over Ohio River. Remaining truss approach span crosses Ohio River Back Channel on CR 2/10 in St. Marys
December 12, 2019: New photos

Recent Comments 

TV crew narrowly escapes as Hiddenite Bridge collapses on live TV
Posted November 13, 2020

This TV crew was on the Hiddenite Bridge in Alexander County NC on live TV when its approach suddenly gave way, giving them quite a scare. This was caused by the remains of Hurricane Eta. Watch it happen. Turn the sound up.

https://twitter.com/AmberFOX46/status/1327044528205869056

Though it is 72 years old, the Hiddenite Bridge only became notable by collapsing. NCDOT says, "The Cheatham Ford Road bridge over the South Yadkin River was built in 1948 and last inspected Oct. 23. The overall structure of the bridge is still intact, but the approach leading to the bridge has been washed out."

Posted November 10, 2020

In the new second photo, it looks like a kingpost truss was added after construction to strengthen the bridge. That is not in the first photo.

Posted October 27, 2020

Great added photos! In the first photo, this bridge appears to have one distinctive feature: a (somewhat lazy) guard dog.

Posted September 25, 2020

Location is a guess. Google satellite shows abandoned roads approaching this location NE of Arkansas City from both sides, and also show a present power line crossing here. Power lines are often the last trace of abandoned roadways. If anyone can better locate where this bridge was, please do so. It was notable in its time.

Posted September 25, 2020

Having photographed it myself, I don't understand why this bridge needs replacement. It's got a sufficiency rating of 60.8, and it's wide enough and strong enough for modern traffic on route NY-2. Rehabilitation, and perhaps widening, of the dilapidated sidewalk would be all that seems necessary at this time, for a basically sound bridge that is adequate for the traffic it carries.

Posted September 21, 2020

Perhaps the one span of the old Nine Span Bridge, that's now in storage awaiting a buyer, will wind up here. Not all that far away.

Posted September 21, 2020

I believe it is still operable, though it is only rarely actually raised. The warning lights and closing gates appear to still be in good condition. If you needed it to be raised for a boat, you would likely need to make special arrangements, but it might still be possible.

The Kinzie Street bridge is one of the lowest to the water, so it still might need to be raised for a boat that could fit under the other bridges, including the higher Chicago Avenue Bridge which has been replaced by a fixed bridge.

It's adjacent to the CNW - Kinzie Street Bridge, which is stored in the raised position, and lowered once a year for maintenance by the UP RR.

All of the moveable bridges on the North Branch Chicago River are endangered by the loss of heavy industry along the waterway. It is becoming only a recreational waterway.

Posted September 16, 2020

Shiny rails in 2010. Rusty rails in 2011. Frames date of abandonment of this RR line.

As industry in WV declines, many railroad lines are being abandoned, and along with them a number of historic RR bridges. The only hope for preservation is rail-to-trail conversion.

Posted September 16, 2020

The second new replacement bridge known as the "Three Mile Bridge", which had just opened, was destroyed today by Hurricane Sally. A barge broke loose and got stuck under it Tuesday Sept 15, and then a crane fell on it knocking part of it into the ocean on Wednesday Sept 16. See Wikipedia link above.

Posted September 12, 2020

Despite the raging fires near it, seen in dramatic AP photos, apparently the Bidwell Bar suspension bridge is being protected and carefully kept open, for use by both firefighters and evacuees.

A horrible tragedy is unfolding in CA, OR, WA. Many historic bridges have been lost, but I can't be sad about them yet while so many lives are now endangered. We'll survey and report on the bridges when the fires are out. It's great to hear of one of them, Bidwell Bar Bridge, serving a great purpose and saving lives.

Posted September 9, 2020

Dramatic photo of the Bidwell Bar Bridge surrounded by a raging wildfire. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/09/us/fires-washington-calif...

Posted September 8, 2020

This was another one of those random finds when I was driving along a highway, and I saw a "Weight Limit" sign for a side road. There is almost always something interesting on that side road.

This time I found a state road crossing a bridge atop an old dam, both in poor condition. The 4 ton weight limit may be to protect the dam as much as the bridge. An overweight truck could collapse this whole dam, and drain Goddins Pond.

Posted August 27, 2020

Bridge closed due to collision with casino riverboat during Hurricane Laura. Closer inspection not yet possible.

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/weather_traffic...

Posted August 27, 2020

Amazing that a gorgeous open spandrel concrete arch like this would have been built as recently as 1951. Especially with those decorative flourishes, it looks like a 1930s structure.

And this is indeed a great time to be bridgehunting. Exercise, fresh air, nobody else around, light traffic in tourist areas. I've been using the Historic Bridge Locator app a lot, although this bridge is not on it.

Posted August 26, 2020

What a pity, and also a waste of taxpayer funds because preservation would have cost less than demolition. I'm glad I was able to visit it with my camera in February.

Pictures of the bridge have just disappeared from the Village of Millbrook's official website. It's like it was never there. There is no longer any reason to visit Millbrook.

One of the best documentation is the drone inspection on YouTube, posted above. The Bridgehunter Chronicles entry also contains a number of photos, including post-demolition.

Since the bridge structure and deck itself was in fairly good condition, it is a pity that relocation was not considered, as with the South Smith Road Bridge in Rock County, Wisconsin.