OverviewWashington Bridge (Franklin County, Missouri)
Side viewDODX - Temporal Road Trestle (Pulaski County, Missouri)
River traffic passing underneathMKT - Boonville Railroad Bridge (3rd) (Cooper County, Missouri)
East portalCox Ford Bridge (Caldwell County, Missouri)
Oblique viewCharlie Dye Bridge (Grundy County, Missouri)
View from downstreamBurfordville Covered Bridge 25-16-01 (Cape Girardeau County, Missouri)
View of bridge and the CapitolJefferson City Bridge (Cole County, Missouri)
North sideBonanza Bridge (Caldwell County, Missouri)
View from southeastBellerive Bridge (St. Louis, Missouri)
West portalForest Avenue Bridge (Daviess County, Missouri)
OverviewBennett Spring Bridge (Laclede County, Missouri)
Main spanDevils Elbow Arch Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)
OverviewPikes Peak Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)
Here's a very interesting find on eBay:
These were very common in Missouri. There were 33 of them at the time of Fraser's historic bridge inventory in the early 1990s (see attached).
The inventory called them "lattice bedsteads", which as Nathan points out on his website, is not really accurate. They were lumped together with other true bedstead truss types, which were so common at the time in Missouri that very few were considered National Register eligible.
I don't know offhand how many of these "lattice" bridges are left, but it can't be very many. True bedsteads have also dwindled: what was once the most common truss type in Missouri is now one of the rarest.
I've received word that Eric DeLony, a leader in historic bridge documentation and preservation, passed away last week. He served as Chief of the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) from 1987 to 2003.
Attached is an "action" photo of Eric from the 2009 Historic Bridge Weekend in Pennsylvania. He was fearless in finding the right angle to capture bridge photos with his trusty film camera.
The Illinois Historic Bridge Survey lists this as "Abandoned N&S RR", but that's all I know.
The Illinois Historic Bridge Survey gives the date for this bridge as 1891, but I don't know where that came from (maybe the plaques were intact at the time of the survey?)
In some cases, it's possible to dig through the county or township records and find the original bids or contracts for a bridge. I have no idea what's available for White County, though. Old newspapers are sometimes helpful too but it doesn't look like anything is available online.
I went back through my archives and found an email I received in 2005 from a worker at the Pike County road & bridge department. He asked me if there was anything that could be done about saving this bridge. At that time, he expected that the county would leave the bridge as-is until it eventually collapsed and had to be fished out of the river.
Fortunately we haven't reached that last stage yet.
[I received the following news release today:]
CASHMERE – Slated for replacement in 2020, the nearly 90-year-old West Cashmere Bridge in Cashmere, Wash., is looking for a new home.
Chelan County, located in central Washington, is offering the historic portions of the bridge – its two 117-foot riveted steel Warren deck truss spans with verticals – to any governmental, non-profit or responsible private entity or business for public or private use.
While a small number of Warren through trusses remain in Washington state, the number of Warren deck trusses is rare. Warren trusses became popular in the late 1930s; so Warren trusses built before the 1930s are substantially more significant than those built later due to their rarity. In addition, this was about the era when heavy standard steel-rolled sections were being introduced into the design of the truss members. The West Cashmere Bridge, designed by notable bridge designer Maury M. Caldwell, is one of the last bridges standing that uses truss members fabricated via the “build-up” method of light-rolled steel sections with tie plates and lacings.
The trusses are available for donation until Jan. 1, 2019. The responsible party taking the bridge must agree to:
· Maintain the bridge and the features that give it its historic significance and continued eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places.
· Assume all future legal and financial responsibility for the bridge, including providing an agreement to hold Chelan County harmless in any liability action.
· Pay for the hauling away of the Warren deck truss spans, their transportation to a new location and their reassembling. The new owner will be responsible for determining the cost and preparing for and conducting the relocation of the bridge. The county will pay a maximum of $110,000 toward the cost of dismantling the steel trusses, but the new owner will bear the cost of removal from the site, transportation to a new location and reassembly.
More information about the West Cashmere Bridge, including its history and current condition, is on the project’s website at: https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/public-works/pages/west-cashmere...
If you have questions about the West Cashmere Bridge, or would like photos of the bridge, contact Jill FitzSimmons at Chelan County Public Works at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-667-6415. A more detailed history of the bridge is also available at www.historylink.org.
Another pleasant surprise while studying aerial imagery of the Little Wabash River
A pleasant surprise while looking at aerial imagery
Looks like a Whipple truss. From what I can tell, there are only three other known Whipple trusses in Illinois, so this is a very important bridge.
This bridge has indeed been replaced:
Luckily for our purposes, many vintage postcards are in the public domain. This link gives a good overview of the rules:
Unlike old family photos, postcards were published and sold, so their copyright status is easier to track based on their publication date.
Of particular importance are postcards produced by Curt Teich & Company. This was the largest publisher of postcards in the country, operating from 1898 to 1978. The Newberry Library in Chicago has acquired the Teich company archive, and they state:
"...our understanding is that there is no known copyright for postcards printed by the Curt Teich Company before 1964, with the following exception: if the Teich postcard has a photographer’s copyright on it, or depicts a trademarked image, the user must seek permission from any holders of rights."
Teich postcards were marked with a numbering scheme that generally reveals the publication date:
So if you can determine that a postcard is in the public domain, feel free to post it.
Google quietly pushed back their price increase until July 16. In the meantime I've re-enabled Street View.
In preparation for tomorrow's Google Maps Day of Reckoning, I've removed the embedded Street View widgets from all pages. Links are still provided to access the Street View imagery on Google's site.