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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John A. Blatnik Bridge (Douglas County, Wisconsin)

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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 

Anoka-Champlin Bridge (Anoka County, Minnesota)
Reinforced concrete ribbed open-spandrel arch bridge over Mississippi River on US 169 in Anoka
January 30, 2021: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the information per info from one of the followers of BHC
Jefferson Highway Old Channel Verdigris River Bridge (Wagoner County, Oklahoma)
Abandoned multi-span camelback through truss bridge over Verdigris River (Old Channel) on E0505 in Okay
January 26, 2021: Updated by Jason Smith: Added category "T.R.U.S.S. Award"
CSX - Black River Bridge (St. Clair County, Michigan)
Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Black River on Pere Marquette Railroad (abandoned)
November 3, 2020: Updated by Jason Smith: The bridge is officially doomed.
Millbrook Bridge (Kendall County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over Fox River on former alignment of Whitfield Road
August 26, 2020: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been demolished
John A. Blatnik Bridge (Douglas County, Wisconsin)
Steel through arch bridge over St. Louis Bay on I-535/US 53 between Duluth and Superior
August 4, 2020: New photos
IAIS - Booneville Bridge (Dallas County, Iowa)
Quadrangular lattice truss bridge over Racoon River on Iowa Interstate Railroad
July 22, 2020: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been demolished.
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 NS RR 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 (1909) (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

Recent Comments 

BHC Newsflyer podcast now on Wordpress
Posted February 27, 2021

Great news everyone! The BHC Newsflyer now has its own wordpress website! :-D From now on, all podcasts will appear on that homepage and it will be linked to the Bridgehunter's Chronicles website. While you can still listen to the podcasts on Anchor, you can subscribe and follow Newsflyer by clicking here: https://thebridgehunterschroniclesnewsflyer.wordpress.com/ All episodes to date can be found there as well. Enjoy and happy bridgehunting, folks! :-)

BHC Newsflyer 27 February 2021
Posted February 27, 2021

Beginning now and once a week, I will post a podcast with news stories involving bridges in the US, Europe and beyond. This week's podcast include:

Seven restored Erie Canal Bridges

Two truck-eating bridge incidents in Germany

Record-breaking one kilometer bridge slide-in in Germany

Restoration of a combination covered bridge and iron bridge in the Aargau Canton in Switzerland

Endangered bridge nomination in Colorado and Connecticut

Plus fundraiser for the Jenkins Bridge

You can listen to the stories here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/02/27/bhc...

Previous podcasts can be found here: https://anchor.fm/jason-smith-bhc19

Kern Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted January 28, 2021

Kern Bridge stays home in Mankato- to be the centerpiece spanning the Blue Earth River between the two largest parks in the city. The story with links and author's comments here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/01/28/ker...

Posted January 27, 2021
Posted January 26, 2021
Posted January 21, 2021

Before we announce the winners of the Bridgehunter Awards for 2020 as well as the Author's Choice Awards, I would like to have your attention to some changes that will take place for the 2021 Bridgehunter Awards. Specifically, we will have four new categories, two of which will honor the late James Baughn, who died on December 6th. Deadlines for submissions and the announcement of the winners of the 2021 Awards have also been announced. Details here:

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/01/21/202...

Posted January 15, 2021

Attention everyone! You have one more week to submit your votes for the 2020 Bridgehunter Awards. If you haven't voted, click on the links below:

Best Bridge Photo: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/06/202...

Bridge Tour Guide:

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/06/202...

Mystery Bridge & Lifetime Achievement:

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/07/202...

Best Kept Secret, Best Example of Restored Historic Bridge and Bridge of the Year:

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/09/202...

The voting ends on January 22nd at 11:59pm your local time. The winners will be announced the next day on the 23rd.

In addition, the Author's Choice Awards, where the author of BHC pics his best and worst bridge stories for 2020, will be announced next week on the 22nd.

If you haven't voted yet, vote now! Your bridge and your vote matters! :-)

Posted January 8, 2021
Posted January 7, 2021

Maybe I can write a Mystery Bridge article in the Chronicles and get the word out. Perhaps some sources may shed some light on the bridge in hopes to solve this case....

Posted January 6, 2021

Following up on the first Pic of the Week honoring James Baughn, here's an article on two truss designs that feature an A-frame in the center panel, but were built using recycled materials. Have a look at the Lane and Miller-Borcherding Trusses: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/01/06/tru... Enjoy! :-)

Posted January 4, 2021

Thanks, Mike. I also plan to add a couple new categories in the Bridgehunter Awards in James' memory to be in place for the 2021 Awards. Will announce that on the 23rd. Stay tuned. :-)

2020 Bridgehunter Awards Voting- Reminder of Extended Deadline
Posted January 4, 2021

Hi everyone,

Just a quick reminder to everyone who wants to vote: The deadline to vote has been extended to January 22nd with the winners to be declared one day later on January 23rd. To vote, click onto the following links below:

Best Bridge Photo: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/06/202...

Bridge Tour Guide: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/06/202...

Mystery Bridge & Lifetime Achievement: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/07/202...

Best Kept Secret, Best Example of Restored Historic Bridge and Bridge of the Year: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/09/202...

In case of questions, etc., please let me know. Good luck with the voting and take advantage of the last 2.5 weeks before the winners are crowned.

JS :-)

Posted January 4, 2021

Hi folks,

To honor our fallen hero and pontist, James Baughn, the Bridgehunter's Chronicles is doing a Pic of the Week series for all of this year (2021) where each bridge and the photo he took of it will be showcased once a week. The first one can be found here:

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/bhc...

The memorial end logo will appear often in the Chronicles for the duration of this year. More later and have a nice start into 2021.

JS

2020 Bridgehunter Awards Voting
Posted December 28, 2020

Hi Everyone!

If you haven't had a chance to vote for this year's Bridgehunter Awards, don't worry. You still have time to do that. Between now and January 22nd you can vote for your favorite bridge candidate in nine categories. If you are not sure whether your favorite bridge is in one of the categories, check out the links where you will find the ballots:

Best Bridge Photo: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/06/202...

Bridge Tour Guide:

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/06/202...

Mystery Bridge & Lifetime Achievement:

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/07/202...

Best Kept Secret, Best Example of Restored Historic Bridge and Bridge of the Year:

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/09/202...

Spread the word so that others have a chance to vote as well. Good luck and thanks for your support. The winners will be announced on January 23rd.

Happy Bridgehunting and Happy Trails until we meet again! :-)

JS

Posted December 22, 2020

The Bridgehunter's Chronicles would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas 🎄☃️ Stay safe and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. All the best for 2021. 🎁🎶 Don't forget to vote for this year's Bridgehunter Awards. Voting will last until January 22. The winners announced on the 23rd. https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/21/bhc...