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. ;-)

Recent Updates 

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
Potato Creek Bridge (Pottawattamie County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Potato Creek on CR L34 (York Road)
May 21, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been replaced
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
May 3, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge is being demolished. Closed since May 2nd to proceed with project
Nishnabotna River Bridge (Cass County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Nishnabotna River on Fair River Road
April 7, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been removed
West Nishnabotna River Bridge (Fremont County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over West Nishnabotna River on CR J22 (150 Street)
April 7, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Gone. Replaced by an ugly worthless POS made of concrete
Bunker Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over English River on Nutmeg Avenue
April 4, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the status of the bridge and included article
Sewalls Falls Road Bridge (Merrimack County, New Hampshire)
Through truss bridge over Merrimack River on Sewalls Falls Road
April 3, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the status of the bridge. Bridge is being replaced.
Niagara River Bridge (Niagara County, New York)
Concrete arch bridge over Niagara River on Goat Is-Green Is in Niagara Falls
January 25, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge to be replaced. See comment section for more details.
Niagara River Bridge (Niagara County, New York)
Concrete arch bridge over Niagara River on Mainland Green Is in Niagara Falls
January 25, 2016: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge to be replaced. See comment section for more details.
Stutsman Street Bridge (Pembina County, North Dakota)
Through truss bridge over Pembina River on Stutsman Street in Pembina
December 29, 2015: New Street View added
Beechwood Boulevard Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Lost open-spandrel arch bridge over Penn Lincoln Parkway East (I-376) on Beechwood Boulevard
December 28, 2015: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge was brought down by explosives on 28 December, 2015. Steel arch bridge replacement expected to be built.
Yellow River Bridge (Allamakee County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Yellow River on Yellow River Drive
December 28, 2015: New Street View added
Rancocas Creek Bridge (Burlington County, New Jersey)
4-span pony truss bridge with swing span over Rancocas Creek on CR 635
December 10, 2015: Updated by Jason Smith: The bridge is scheduled to be demolished. Replacement span likely in the distant future
Old 240th Street Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Creek on old 240th Street alignment
November 30, 2015: Added
East Kelly Lane Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Soldier River on E. Kelly Lane
November 29, 2015: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge has been replaced according to Googlemaps
Green Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Three-span through truss bridge over Raccoon River formerly on SW 5th Street, now a pedestrain trail in Des Moines
November 24, 2015: Updated by Jason Smith: Adjusted info based on latest news! :-)
B.B. Comer Bridge (Jackson County, Alabama)
Cantilevered Warren through truss bridge over Tennessee River on State Highway 35 at Scottsboro
November 16, 2015: Updated by Jason Smith: In an unexpected move, Jackson Co. officials moved to deny the request for a vote on preserving the bridge and signed off on the demolition contract. Bridge is expected to be removed in 2016
8th Street Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Boyer River on 8th Street in Logan
September 18, 2015: New Street View added
DM&E - 6th Street Overpass (Brown County, Minnesota)
Stone arch bridge over 6th Street on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad in New Ulm
August 31, 2015: Updated by Jason Smith: Readjusted the GPS coordinates
Rice Creek Bridge (Blue Earth County, Minnesota)
Lost Howe pony truss bridge over Rice Creek on Twp 24
August 28, 2015: Added

Recent Comments 

Voting underway for T-shirt in Germany
Posted August 15, 2018

VOTING UNDERWAY: As part of the marketing campaign to sell T-shirts to help for the costs of keeping the Bockau Arch Bridge, we are currently designing a concept for a T-shirt with bridges along the Zwickau Mulde in western Saxony. Details are found here. Your mission is to determine which bridges should go onto the T-shirt. Go to the album Zwickau Mulde, hit like for any of the bridges that you like and want to see on the T-shirt. Voting ends on 15 September and the top 10-16 bridges will be chosen for the shirt. Get the word out and vote for your favorite Zwickau Mulde crossing: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/sav...

Link to ballot: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheBridgehuntersChronicles/photo...

Posted August 11, 2018

Details on the move and the 2015 fire here: A true success story that will surely garner more awards. The rise of the Full Throttle Saloon Bridges from the ashes of the 2015 fire: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/ful...

Posted August 11, 2018

Details on the move and the 2015 fire here: A true success story that will surely garner more awards. The rise of the Full Throttle Saloon Bridges from the ashes of the 2015 fire: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/ful...

Historic Places and Glasses
Posted July 5, 2018

I've been doing some thinking about how we have been handling our historic places of interests (including bridges) and decided to write an column about it. Have a look and share your thoughts on this: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/his... It's time we better take care of your things before we lose everything.

Looking forward to your comments! :-)

JS

Posted July 4, 2018

The 99th mystery bridge takes us to California and the Springs. There, a through truss bridge, having been submerged since 1975, has revealed itself presenting a possibility to save it before the drought ends. Details here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/mys...

Posted June 12, 2018

This one's for you, esp. those residing in Henry County. Can you help crack this case? The 97th mystery bridge takes us to Iowa, to Henry County, to a historic bridge over Skunk River that is unknown- no history, no record and no photos. Can you help solve this case? More here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/mys...

Posted June 11, 2018

Don't feel too bad, James. Because of the EU guidelines combined with new guidelines on privacy in the US, I'm not able to get access to most American news from over here in Europe and am therefore looking for some help for the Chronicles. Information on why this is going on can be found here:

EU and American social media guidelines hampering info traffic on the Chronicles. Read more on how you can help here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/con...

All I can say is so much for net neutrality. :-(

Posted June 7, 2018

GREAT! Tell us about it!!! :-D Do you have an article?

Posted June 5, 2018

Article about this bridge: Mystery Bridge Nr. 96 is also a bridge in need of help as it had been submerged before the lake receded. Can somebody help relocate and reused this rare kingpost truss bridge? Details here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/mys... Thanks! :-)

Posted June 5, 2018

Summary of the restoration including much of the press release you can read here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/for... a real success story indeed! :-)

The Bridgehunter's Chronicles now only on wordpress
Posted May 13, 2018

Reminder to all blog followers: Areavoices will shut down effective on 15 May 2018. You can subscribe and follow The Bridgehunter's Chronicles on wordpress. The links to the website: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/ The social network apps of twitter, facebook and instagram will remain the same.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The newest articles will be published in the next week.

Bridgehunter's Chronicles AreaVoices website to shut down
Posted April 26, 2018

Hi all,

I want to write to regretfully inform you that the Bridgehunter's Chronicles areavoices website will be shut down permanently on 15 May, 2018. The company is shuttering areavoices completely to focus on other ventures. The details are in the link. The wordpress, facebook and Instagram sites will remain open and followers are asked to make arrangements to join these sites. No new articles from the Chronicles will be posted until I can clean out the areavoices site, as long as it is open, reconstruct the wordpress sites and lastly add a couple social network platforms. This may take up to six weeks to do. I prefer a newspaper-blog arrangement for better coverage in the US and Canada. Should you know of such an arrangement, please let me know via me-mail asap. Thank you for your cooperation and I'm sorry for the inconvenience in this matter. http://flensburgerfiles.areavoices.com/2018/04/26/end-of-the...

Posted March 12, 2018

Highlights of the demolition of the Savanna-Sabula Bridge here: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2018/03/12/savanna-sab... This beauty will be missed dearly..... 😥

Posted March 5, 2018
Posted February 2, 2018

A combination mystery bridge and newsflyer are enclosed here: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2018/01/29/mystery-91-...