Sharon Spear

About Me 

Email: sweetsexysharon [at] gmail [dot] com
Website: http://pbase.com/sharonmsphotos

I am clueless about the engineering of bridges! I do love photography and history, including bridges. I do apologize if my photos of bridges aren't the norm for this site. I like to photograph the lines and angles and how the light and shadows play upon a bridge. I like photographing bridges. They stand there silently while you try your best to get just the right shot. They don't wiggle and make faces while you're taking their picture.

Like many people, I've learned the importance of taking a photo while you can, no matter how big of hurry you are in. On April 16, 2017 I took photos of the Brun's Bridge after having been past it a number of times. It was destroyed by flooding on May 1, 2017.

The same holds true for places and buildings that you may pass every day. If you know it's been there a long time, it may have history. If the area is changing, it may be gone one day. The photo you take might be the last one taken of that building or place.

Recent Updates 

Three Mile Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Three Mile Creek on Smith Road
June 11, 2017: Added
US 66 Meramec River Bridge (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Deck truss bridge over Meramec River on Old US 66 at Route 66 State Park
August 13, 2011: New photos
Hamburg Trail Tunnel (St. Charles County, Missouri)
Tunnel under under Highway 94 on Hamburg Trail (from USG Railroad)
February 15, 2010: Updated by Sharon Spear: Added map coordinates
Prairie du Long Creek Bridge (Monroe County, Illinois)
Pony truss on L Road over Prairie du Long Creek northwest of Red Bud
September 12, 2009: Essay added
Prairie du Long Creek Bridge (Monroe County, Illinois)
Pony truss on L Road over Prairie du Long Creek northwest of Red Bud
September 12, 2009: New photos
Stonebridge Meadows Bridge (Monroe County, Illinois)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over a branch of Maeystown Creek on Maeystown Road southwest of Maeystown, at Stonebridge Meadows Subdivision
September 12, 2009: New photo
Maeystown Bridge (Monroe County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Maeystown Creek on Mill Street at Maeystown
September 12, 2009: New photo
MKT - Little Femme Osage Creek Bridge (St. Charles County, Missouri)
Abandoned bridge over Little Femme Osage Creek in Weldon Spring Conservation Area
March 7, 2009: Updated by Sharon Spear: Added dates to the photos
MKT - Little Femme Osage Creek Bridge (St. Charles County, Missouri)
Abandoned bridge over Little Femme Osage Creek in Weldon Spring Conservation Area
February 4, 2009: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted May 24, 2017

On April 16th we were out taking photos and we stopped so I could get photos of the old bridge. Little did I know what would happen to the bridge on May 1st! We returned on May 19th and I took photos of the wreckage. I didn't want to post them on this page so as not to spoil the beauty of the old bridge. I have posted both the "beauty shots" and the "wreckage shots" to my PBase page at this link:

http://www.pbase.com/sharonmsphotos/bruns_bridge

Re: Re: US66 over Meramec near St Louis
Posted August 7, 2013

When I was researching the wreckage and final resting place of the Steamboat Betsy Ann, I came across the following images. There is a bridge in the background of the images that looks a great deal like the bridge at Times Beach.

These are links to images of the steamboat Betsy Ann. Her last years were spent as a floating dock on the river. The first link takes you to the main page about the ship.

http://www.cincinnativiews.net/steam_boats_2.htm

This link is an image of the ship on the river as a dock in 1946:

http://www.cincinnativiews.net/images-3/Betsy%20Ann%20as%20y...

This is an image of the her after she grounded during a drought:

http://www.cincinnativiews.net/images-3/Betsy%20Ann%20see%20...

In both images you can see the bridge in the background. We photographed the wreckage of the ship during the drought of 2012 from Emmenegger Nature Park, which is on the opposite bank from where the Betsy Ann currently rests. You can also park on Yarnell Rd. and travel down the steep bank to reach the wreckage. Obviously, the old bridge has been replaced.

I hope that helps your discussion.

Posted August 13, 2011

I didn't get to attend the bridge hunting on Friday but I was able to attend the dinner conference. I'm glad I did. We had a brief meeting in the Route 66 State Park Visitors Center on Saturday morning. That was very informative about various agencies that are working together to try to save the Route 66 bridge. I did get to take some new photos of the Route 66 bridge and some of the damage. I've added my images to the page for the bridge.

If you ever get the chance to attend a bridge conference in the future, don't hesitate to attend. It's well worth the time. I wish I could have spent the entire weekend with the group this year.

I met a lot of wonderful people that were very inspirational! Thank you for your knowledge, caring, effort in saving bridges, and your time for attending this year's event!

Sharon Spear

new images here:

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-louis/times-beach/

Alton Bridge (Illinois)
Posted February 5, 2011

This photo looking from Mo to IL shows the Alton Bridge, the Alton Railroad bridge, old Lock and Dam No. 26. The image was taken in 1940.

http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=33...

Eads Bridge (Missouri)
Posted February 5, 2011

The link will take you to an image of the bridge from 1931. It's part of the "Look Back" album at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about ice in the Mississippi River.

http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=33...

Re: Bridges and Ice around St. Louis
Posted February 5, 2011

I thought this one was particularly interesting because Missouri Pacific Railroad had a ferry landing at the foot of Davis Street. The caption posts the year of 1936.

http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=33...

Eads Bridge (Missouri)
Posted November 29, 2009

I was looking at the images from the HAER report. The photos were taken in May of 1983 by Jet Lowe. I checked the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service page to find the out the Mississippi River level because the river was flooding. The river crested at 39 ft on May 4, 1983. In one of the images, I can see the shadow of the photographer and his tripod in the flood water.

The highest recorded flood level was 49.58 ft on 08/01/1993.

Information from this site:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lsx&gage=ea...

Posted November 29, 2009

About a year ago, I discovered this site doing a Google search for something, though I don't remember what I was searching for. I've spent a lot of hours browsing this website. I've enjoyed it a great deal. I'll never get to visit these bridges in person because travel time and funds are limited. But because of the efforts of everyone involved in this site, I get to travel in the virtual world. For that, I'd like to say thank you to James for this site and to everyone that contributes to the site!

I do have to say that I'm totally clueless about the engineering of bridges. But I do like to take pictures. And bridges are pretty interesting subjects. As I've discovered while browsing this site, a bridge may be here today and gone tomorrow. The pictures that are here may be all that remains of bridge at some point in the future.

As James described in the About page of this site, bridges are the history of a community and the people that live there. The mindset of today's society is very disposable. But somewhere in the future, someone will want to know about a bridge or a community. I've read a lot of comments of visitors to the site relating mostly fond memories of visiting a Grandma that lived by a bridge. I've read the "white knuckle" stories too. I've had a few of my own with some bridges I've traveled over. Will people still be able to share those memories in the future? That isn't really meant as a question but more just wondering out loud.

Will this website still be here in the future as a "virtual museum"? So I do have a question or perhaps just a rough thought. Can websites be set up with some sort of legal funding as virtual museums like brick and mortar museums are? I hope that makes sense.

J.R. Manning mentioned a hat or golf shirt cause of the strange looks you get when you're photographing a bridge. I can relate! I'd buy a hat, shirt and a jacket! Due to Homeland Security, a security guard ask us to leave the Metro Link station inside the Eads Bridge because we were taking pictures. Because I was discussing the issue that the bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places with the guard, I didn't get a shot but my bridge hunting partner did! We promptly went across the street to the parking garage, got out the tripods and the large telephoto lenses and started taking photos of the bridge, including the security guard that was nervously pacing back and forth inside the station. It was a fun morning. I have a warped sense of humor.

I really do enjoy visiting this website and I tell as many people as I can about it, especially when they ask why we are taking pictures of bridges.

Thanks again to everyone involved with this amazing website!

Sharon

Posted November 22, 2009

The link below is an online article at the local newspaper's website. It includes a photo from the opening day of the bridge, January 20, 1917.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscit...

Eads Bridge (Missouri)
Posted October 11, 2009

In late 2010, maintenance work will begin on this bridge and take about two years to complete. The work will be done on the MetroLink portion of the bridge below the road deck. MetroLink received stimulus money that is restricted to capital projects. A new road deck was completed in 2003.

The full article can be read here:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscit...

Posted September 29, 2009

A new article posted today, 9-29-09, giving the dates that the lane closures will occur.

http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/along-for-the-ride/along-fo...

There's LOTS of comments posted on this article too. Most of the comments tend to disagree with the new configuration of one west bound lane and two east bound lanes. The comments seem to be from people that travel the bridge during rush hours.

Posted September 12, 2009

Thank you for sharing that with us! It's incredible. Do you happen to know at what intervals the images were taken?

Posted September 12, 2009

I'm posting a couple of images of the replacement bridge. One is from March 22, 2008 looking north from Jefferson County into St. Louis County across the flooded Meramec River. The second is a night shot looking from St. Louis County across the bridge into Jefferson County in January 2009.

Posted September 10, 2009

Due to the number of accidents on this bridge, next month IL DOT will begin work to turn this four lane bridge into a three lane bridge. There will be one lane westbound and two lanes eastbound with a barrier in the middle. The bridge will also get a fresh road surface during this time.

The full article can be read here:

http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/along-for-the-ride/bridges/...

Other bridge websites
Posted September 6, 2009

I truly enjoy browsing the bridges here at Bridge Hunter and appreciate the dedication of everyone that contributes to the site. Have you visited other bridge websites?

I recently stumbled upon another website with a lot bridge information. Granted, not all of the bridges are historic bridges. The site is the work of one man, Mr. John Weeks, not only adding the NBI data, but taking the photos as well. It's quite an interesting personal project. The layout of the website follows the major rivers and the crossings.

The site is well worth the visit if you have the time to spend.

http://www.johnweeks.com/index.html