Jason Smith

About Me 

Email: flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com

I became fascinated with bridges when I was five years old, mainly because where I grew up, Jackson County, MN, we had plenty of metal truss bridges to go around. This includes the Petersburg Road Bridge which was located in the south end of town just north of where my grandma used to live. I became fascinated with the different designs and the history of each structure that I started photographing the structures at a young age, 13 to be exact. In addition to that, I also wrote some commentaries on the bridges and conducted some presentations on them, the former of which I still do for this website, as well as Nathan Holth's website.

Since a lot of these bridges are disappearing, I have been active in photographing them as long as they are still standing. Furthermore, I have an online column that is devoted to this topic through the Bridgehunter's Chronicles, which started in 2010 and has become popular ever since. I also have some book projects in the making both big and small dealing with these structures in certain regions, including Iowa (where I have been really active in that area). Originally from Minnesota, I've ben residing in Germany since 1999, where I'm an English lecturer/trainer and have a wife and 6-year old daughter, who might have the same interest as I do in the future, the way we've been travelling around since she came around. ;-)

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Castlewood Bridge (at Threshing Grounds) (Grant County, South Dakota)

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Petersburg Road Bridge (Jackson County, Minnesota)
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Okabena Bridge (Jackson County, Minnesota)

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Recent Updates 

WLE - Speers Bridge (Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania)
K-deck truss bridge over the Monongahela River on the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway between Belle Vernon and Speers
May 12, 2020: New photos
US 71 West Fork Des Moines River Bridge (Jackson County, Minnesota)
Steel stringer bridge over West Fork Des Moines River on US 71 in Jackson
April 29, 2020: New photos
Petersburg Road Bridge (Jackson County, Minnesota)
Lost through truss bridge over West Fork Des Moines River on Petersburg Road in Jackson
April 29, 2020: New photo
Okabena Bridge (Jackson County, Minnesota)
Lost through truss bridge over Jack Creek on CSAH 9 at Okabena
April 29, 2020: New photo
Okoboji Bridge (Dickinson County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Little Sioux River on 180th Avenue
March 11, 2020: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge has been relocated to Parks Marina and is privately owned. To be repurposed and reused as a pedestrian crossing soon.
Castlewood Bridge (at Threshing Grounds) (Grant County, South Dakota)
Thacher through truss bridge over South Fork Whetstone River Tributary at the Twin Brooks Threshing Grounds
March 6, 2020: New photos
Castlewood Bridge (at Threshing Grounds) (Grant County, South Dakota)
Thacher through truss bridge over South Fork Whetstone River Tributary at the Twin Brooks Threshing Grounds
March 6, 2020: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the information and added photos
Falls Park Bridge (Minnehaha County, South Dakota)
Lost Through truss bridge over Big Sioux River at Falls Park on Falls Park Dr. and McClellan Street Bridge in Sioux Falls
February 19, 2020: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the information per post.
Gold Mine Bridge (Redwood County, Minnesota)
Parker through truss bridge over Minnesota River on CR 17
August 6, 2019: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated information on the bridge
Christiania Bridge (Jackson County, Minnesota)
Lost through truss bridge over West Fork Des Moines River on CSAH 30 south of Windom
August 6, 2019: Updated by Jason Smith: Added information on the history of the bridge
Goose River Bridge (Grand Forks County, North Dakota)
Pony truss bridge over Goose River on 3rd Avenue, 1 mi. west and 1 mi. south of Northwood in Northwood Township
July 22, 2019: Updated by Jason Smith: Lost- destroyed by a stupid truck driver who didn't read the signs properly.
Price-Legg Bridge (Lincoln County, Georgia)
Continuous Through truss bridge over Little River on GA 47
May 20, 2019: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge was replaced in 2016
Lundy Bridge (Warren County, Iowa)
Camelback through truss bridge over Middle River on a local road
March 13, 2019: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been replaced. Most likely 2016-17
Moniteau Creek Road Bridge (Cole County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Moniteau Creek on Moniteau Creek Road (Old MO 179)
February 27, 2019: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is doomed. Scheduled to be removed by the end of the year.
Pennsylvania Avenue Overpass (Beaver County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge on Pennsylvania Avenue in Monaca
November 10, 2018: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been replaced
Shaffer's Crossing Rail Yard Bridge (Roanoke, Virginia)
Pratt through truss bridge over NSRY on Pedestrian Path
October 24, 2018: Updated by Jason Smith: Still open but most likely provately owned.
Orleans Avenue Bridge (Minnehaha County, South Dakota)
Lost through truss bridge over Big Sioux River on Orleans Avenue in Dell Rapids
October 23, 2018: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated information per find in the archives: Bridge removed in January 1990 despite debate on whether to rehabilitate or remove it.
Beliot Bridge (Old) (Lyon County, Iowa)
Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Big Sioux River on Apple Avenue/ 283rd Street
October 23, 2018: Added
RM2900-Llano River/Lake LBJ Bridge (Llano County, Texas)
Stringer bridge over Llano River/Lake Lbj on Rm 2900
October 17, 2018: Updated by Jason Smith: Destroyed by flooding on 16 October, 2018
Broadway Avenue Minnesota River Bridge (Le Sueur County, Minnesota)
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Minnesota River on MN 99 in St. Peter
September 20, 2018: New photos
CSX - Bridgeport Bridge (Saginaw County, Michigan)
Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Cass River on CSX RR
September 3, 2018: New photos
Zehnder's Covered Bridge 22-73-02 (Saginaw County, Michigan)
Town lattice truss bridge over Cass River on Covered Bridge Lane
August 15, 2018: New photos
Bridgeport Bridge (Saginaw County, Michigan)
Pratt through truss bridge over Cass River on State Street
August 15, 2018: New photos
Black Bridge (Saginaw County, Michigan)
Relocated Pratt through truss bridge over Dead Creek at Grandpa's Tiny Farm near Frankenmuth
August 15, 2018: New photos
Enloe Bridge (Wilkin County, Minnesota)
Pratt through truss bridge over Red River of The North on Csah 28
July 5, 2018: Updated by Jason Smith: Info updated per Google Map.
Van Demark Avenue Bridge (Minnehaha County, South Dakota)
Pony truss bridge over Skunk Creek on Van Demark Avenue, 8.7 mi. south and 0.5 mi. west of Colton in Hartford Township
July 5, 2018: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is closed.
Silver Creek Bridge (Minnehaha County, South Dakota)
Steel stringer bridge over Silver Creek on 258th Street, 0.3 miles W of SD 115
July 5, 2018: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been replaced
84th Street Bridge (Minnehaha County, South Dakota)
Pony truss bridge over Creek on 84th Street, 1 mi. south of Renner in Mapleton Township
July 5, 2018: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been replaced
6th Street Bridge (Older) (Cottonwood County, Minnesota)
Lost Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Sixth Street/ MN Hwy. 62
December 28, 2017: Updated by Jason Smith: Added information about the history of the bridge. Extant but as a concrete bridge and part of MN Hwy. 62
Red Bridge (Jackson County, Minnesota)
Lost pratt through truss bridge over Des Moines River on State aid road 8N (formerly) in Windom
December 28, 2017: Updated by Jason Smith: Readjusted the GPS coordinates to reflect on the bridge's location before it was removed.
Locust Street Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Arch bridge over Des Moines River on Locust Street in Des Moines
December 6, 2017: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is so doomed, it makes President Trump gleam.
Lilleberg Bridge (Jackson County, Minnesota)
Stringer bridge over Des Moines River on Csah 16
March 8, 2017: Updated by Jason Smith: Added category "Central States Bridge Co."
Elk River Bridge (Clay County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over Elk River on CR 4/5
February 2, 2017: Updated by Jason Smith: To be replaced in 2017. Old bridge will remain in place as a pedestrian bridge
Dobbins Creek Crossing (Mower County, Minnesota)
Girder bridge over Dobbins Creek on Oakland Ave
January 29, 2017: Updated by Jason Smith: Currently being replaced. New bridge to open by May 2017
US 71 West Fork Des Moines River Bridge (Jackson County, Minnesota)
Steel stringer bridge over West Fork Des Moines River on US 71 in Jackson
January 3, 2017: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been replaced. New span now open.
Dodd Ford Bridge (Blue Earth County, Minnesota)
Through truss bridge over Blue Earth River on CR 147
November 9, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge has been rehabilitated and reopened to traffic since July 2016
Bonnie Doon Crossing (Lyon County, Iowa)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Rock River on Grant Avenue
August 15, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the bridge's information
Bonnie Doon Crossing (Lyon County, Iowa)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Rock River on Grant Avenue
August 15, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Added categories "A-frame portal", "Riveted", "Wooden deck", "Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway", "Relocated"
Chambers Ford Bridge (Tama County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over Iowa River on 380th Street
August 8, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is doomed. To be replaced by a new structure and removed once the new bridge opens
Wolf Creek Bridge (Woodbury County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Wolf Creek on CR K67 (Hancock Avenue)
July 5, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Replaced
Wolf Creek Bridge (Woodbury County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Wolf Creek on 290th Street
July 5, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Replaced
Lincoln Highway/Jefferson Highway Colo Interchange (Story County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Over Us 65 on Co Rd E-41 (old Lincoln Highway)
June 22, 2016: New photos
IA5 South River Bridge (Warren County, Iowa)
Lost through truss bridge over South River on Elk Horn Street
June 3, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Removed
235th Trail Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Willow Creek on 235th Trail
May 21, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been replaced
235th Street Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Allen Creek on 235th Street
May 21, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been replaced
180th Street Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over South Picayune Creek on 180th Street
May 21, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been replaced
145th Trail Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Soldier River on 145th Trail
May 21, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Removed
Willow River Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Willow River on 291st Street
May 21, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Removed
Vienna Avenue Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Pigeon Creek on Vienna Avenue
May 21, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been replaced
Stowe Creek Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Stowe Creek on 340th Street
May 21, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Removed

Recent Comments 

RE: Idiot Caught On Camera Collapsing Bridge
Posted July 9, 2020

This happened a day before headache bars were installed on the Gold Mine Bridge in Minnesota. A sure bet that the incident in NS will serve as a reminder to all Truckers that restrictions are not impeding on their freedom to drive- they're there to save lives.

My thoughts on this: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/07/09/his...

Posted July 6, 2020

Still leads to the question of who built it. Very unique structure.

Posted July 6, 2020

A BHC Pic of the Week, taken from Sandcastle Waterpark in 2018: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/07/06/bhc...

Posted July 3, 2020

I wrote a mystery article on this bridge and the search is on to find out where it was located and when it was built, together with the search for information on the families that had occupied the estate: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/07/02/mys...

Favorite bridge coffee cup
Posted June 14, 2020

Wanted: Your favorite bridge coffee cup. To honor historic and unique bridges we're going to post our favorite bridge cup both here as well as on the Chronicles' homepage. Details and my favorite cup are both here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/06/14/bes... Now show me your best cup of coffee! 😃☕️

ALSO: Other campaigns to commemorate BHC's 10th annoversary are still going. Click onto the link in the article and have a look. Feel free to contribute. More campaigns to follow.

Posted May 16, 2020

Bridge to be converted into a pedestrian crossing. Details via podcast and links here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/05/16/bhc...

Bridge Quiz/Photo
Posted May 5, 2020

This week's Pic of the Week is also the first in a series of the bridge anatomy. In this case, we have the truss bridge and your task is to match the Terms with the parts on the bridge. The answers to come next week. Good luck! :-) https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/bhc...

BHC Collecting Stories of Wartime Bridges
Posted May 4, 2020

In Connection with the 75th anniversary of the End of World War II, we're doing a series on Wartime Bridges: key structures that played a role in the war. Examples and Information on how you can enter your stories can be found here. We'll start with the European Theater and will collect some Bridge stories between now and Septmber. Afterwards we'll look at the Pacific Theater.

Link: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/05/04/war...

Posted April 28, 2020

And what happened to the truss spans? Scrapped??

BHC Newsflyer
Posted April 17, 2020

This week's podcast of BHC Newsflyer features some interesting news, like for example: Kern Bowstring Arch Bridge may have a new home by the end of the year, Kassberg Bridge in Chemnitz is restored and open to traffic, Champlain Bridge in Montreal to be removed, and an art competition paying tribute to a covered bridge in Massachusetts. Details and podcast here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/bhc...

Happy Easter!
Posted April 11, 2020

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/hap... I won't go further but to say stay healthy and enjoy this day. :-)

Posted March 26, 2020

This tour guide takes us to Connersville, Indiana, where one can find a former aqueduct, bridges from a former railroad line connecting Indianapolis and Cincinnati and information on the city's covered bridges. Includes a video from History in Your own Backyard. Enjoy: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/03/26/the...

First (Historic) Bridge You Photographed- BHC 10th Anniversary Special
Posted March 23, 2020

Our next 10th anniversary special features a campaign with this question: What was the first bridge you photographed? Share us your story and photo either here or on the Chronicles' webpage. Looking forward to reading your stories. :-) https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/03/23/tyb...

Bridge Construction delays due to CoVid 19
Posted March 20, 2020

How has the Corona Virus affected bridge building? More than you think, as you will see in this week's edition of the Newsflyer podcast. Click here, listen to it and feel free to add more bridge stories. Stay healthy! Bleib gesund! https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/bhc...

Posted March 11, 2020

Lost no more! :-) The bridge has a new owner with plans to repurpose it. The question is how? Details and photos here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/03/11/the...