James Baughn

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MKT - Boonville Railroad Bridge (3rd) (Cooper County, Missouri)

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View from downstream

Burfordville Covered Bridge 25-16-01 (Cape Girardeau County, Missouri)

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View of bridge and the Capitol

Jefferson City Bridge (Cole County, Missouri)

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View from southeast

Bellerive Bridge (St. Louis, Missouri)

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Overview

Pikes Peak Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)

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South side

Junction Spur Bridge (Franklin County, Missouri)

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Recent Updates 

B&O - Jacobs Creek Bridge (Fayette County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned bridge over Jacobs Creek on Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Mt Pleasant Branch
September 3, 2018: Added
Horton Bay Bridge (Charlevoix County, Michigan)
Concrete culvert over Horton Creek on Boyne City Road
August 26, 2018: Added
East End Yard Bridge (Brown County, Texas)
Bridge over Pecan Bayou on BNSF Railway east of Brownwood
August 26, 2018: Added
Millersville Bridge (Cape Girardeau County, Missouri)
Lost two-span through truss bridge over Whitewater River on MO 72 at Millersville
August 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Added opening date
Missouri Street Bridge (Washington County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Breton Creek on Missouri Street in Potosi, just south of the courthouse
August 16, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge was built by Stupp Brothers
St. Laurent Creek Bridge (Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over St. Laurent Creek on Second Street (unmarked) in St. Mary just south of US 61 and just north of the Perry County line
August 16, 2018: Likely a Stupp Brothers bridge
Neosho Mystery Arch Bridge (Newton County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge
August 14, 2018: Added
Jefferson City Bridge (Cole County, Missouri)
Pair of steel through arch bridges over the Missouri River at Jefferson City on US 54/63 in Jefferson City
August 14, 2018: New photo
Niangua Arm US 54 Bridge (Camden County, Missouri)
Lost cantilevered through truss bridge over Niangua Arm, Lake of the Ozarks, on US 54 southwest of Camdenton
August 14, 2018: New photo
DODX - Devils Elbow Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)
Two-span through truss bridge over Big Piney River on the US Army Railroad near Devils Elbow
August 14, 2018: New photo
Ross Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over Big Piney River on Western Road
August 14, 2018: New photo
Waverly Bridge (Lafayette County, Missouri)
Lost five-span through truss bridge over the Missouri River on US 24/65 at Waverly
August 13, 2018: New photo
Turkey Creek Bridge (Jasper County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Turkey Creek on MO 66 (old US 166)
August 13, 2018: New photo
Hermann Bridge (Gasconade County, Missouri)
Lost cantilevered through truss bridge over the Missouri River on MO 19 at Hermann
August 13, 2018: New photos
US50 Hubers Landing Bridge (Osage County, Missouri)
Lost vertical-lift through truss bridge over Osage River on US 63 and US 50
August 13, 2018: New photo
First Jefferson City Bridge (Cole County, Missouri)
Lost through truss swing bridge over the Missouri River at Jefferson City
August 13, 2018: New photos
Old Pryor Creek Crossing (Stewart County, Tennessee)
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Pryor Creek beyond the end of LBL Road 36
August 13, 2018: Added map with approximate location
Muddy Creek Old US 65 Bridge (Pettis County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over Muddy Creek on Claycomb Road (Old US 65) north of Sedalia
August 12, 2018: New photo
Sni-A-Bar Creek Bridge (Lafayette County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over Sni-A-Bar Creek on MO 224 (Old US 24) at Wellington
August 12, 2018: New photo
Lewis Bridge (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over the Missouri River on U. S. Highway 67, running parallel to the Bellefontaine Railroad Bridge
August 12, 2018: New photo
First Jefferson City Bridge (Cole County, Missouri)
Lost through truss swing bridge over the Missouri River at Jefferson City
August 12, 2018: New photo
Boonville Bridge (Cooper County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over the Missouri River on US 40, MO 5, and MO 87 at Boonville
August 12, 2018: New photo
ASB Bridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Vertical-lift through truss bridge over the Missouri River on the BNSF Railway in Kansas City
August 12, 2018: New photo
Old US61 Diversion Channel Bridge (Cape Girardeau County, Missouri)
Lost three-span through truss bridge over the Diversion Channel between Cape Girardeau and Scott City on Old US 61, just east of the I-55 bridge
August 12, 2018: New photo
Newman Road Underpass (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Stone arch bridge over Newman Road on Kankakee Beaverville and Southern Railroad
August 12, 2018: Added
Dardanelles Bridge (Tuolumne County, California)
Lost Timber Scissors deck truss bridge over Middle Fork Stanislaus River on California Route 108
August 7, 2018: This bridge was a total loss in a wildfire on Aug. 6, 2018
Sparta Field Road Bridge (Gonzales County, Texas)
Abandoned half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over Peach Creek on Sparta Field Road (CR 451)
July 30, 2018: Added
State Prison Farm Bridge (Johnson County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over Bay Creek on Former CR 151
July 24, 2018: Added
Rayse Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Rayse Creek on Former Nashville to Mt. Vernon road
July 24, 2018: Added
Germany Road Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Illinois Central Railroad (Canadian National Railway) on E. Germany Road (CR 50N/TR 553)
July 24, 2018: Added
Finland Road Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Illinois Central Railroad (Canadian National Railway) on Finland Road (CR 125N/TR 535)
July 24, 2018: Added
Tenth Street Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Illinois Central Railroad (Canadian National Railway) on Tenth Street
July 24, 2018: Added
Allenville Covered Bridge 25-16-02x (Cape Girardeau County, Missouri)
Lost covered bridge over Old Channel Whitewater River near Allenville
July 12, 2018: New photo
Meramec River Suspension Bridge (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Lost suspension bridge over Meramec River on Lemay Ferry Road
July 12, 2018: Added
Walnut Hill Road Bridge (Washington County, Illinois)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Grand Point Creek on Walnut Hill Road (TR 35)
July 11, 2018: Added
Aspen Road Bridge (Washington County, Illinois)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Branch of North Creek on Aspen Road (TR 182)
July 11, 2018: Added
Maple Road Bridge (Washington County, Illinois)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Branch of North Creek on Maple Road (TR 188)
July 11, 2018: Added
Black Diamond Road (Washington County, Illinois)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Branch of Locust Creek on Black Diamond Road (TR 140)
July 11, 2018: Added
Crooked Creek Bridge (Fayette County, Illinois)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over Crooked Creek on CH 17 (FAS 719)
July 10, 2018: Added
Long Grove Road Bridge (Fayette County, Illinois)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Tributary of Lone Grove Branch on Long Grove Road (CR 2200E/TR 502)
July 10, 2018: Added
Hurricane Creek Bridge (Fayette County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Hurricane Creek on CR 2500N (TR 173A)
July 10, 2018: Added
Old US 51 Bridge (Marion County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over East Fork Kaskaskia River Overflow on Old US 51 (FAP 322)
July 10, 2018: Added
Flat Creek Bridge (Marion County, Illinois)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Flat Creek on White Haven Road (CR 100E/TR 26)
July 10, 2018: Added
Dums Creek Bridge (Marion County, Illinois)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Dums Creek on Quail Run Road (CR 1200N/TR 201)
July 10, 2018: Added
Sparrow Road Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Timber stringer bridge over Illinois Central Railroad (Canadian National Railway) on E. Sparrow Road (CR 1600N/TR 211)
July 10, 2018: Added
CR 1925N Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Timber stringer bridge over Illinois Central Railroad on CR 1925N (TR 117)
July 10, 2018: Added
Stratton Road Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Timber stringer bridge over Illinois Central Railroad on E. Stratton Road (CR 2125N/TR 69A)
July 10, 2018: Added
ICRR over Puncheon Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Puncheon Creek and N. Legion Lane (CR 2275E/TR 532) on Illinois Central Railroad
July 10, 2018: Added
ICRR over CR 1700 Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over CR 1700N (TR 165A) on Illinois Central Railroad
July 10, 2018: Added
Puncheon Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Puncheon Creek on N. Seagull Lane (CR 2100E/TR 492)
July 10, 2018: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted July 29, 2018
Posted July 28, 2018
Re: Postcard copyright
Posted June 24, 2018

Luckily for our purposes, many vintage postcards are in the public domain. This link gives a good overview of the rules:

https://www.thirdshift3.com/2016/07/10/vintage-postcards-cop...

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."

https://www.newberry.org/curt-teich-postcard-archives-collec...

Teich postcards were marked with a numbering scheme that generally reveals the publication date:

https://www.newberry.org/sites/default/files/researchguide-a...

So if you can determine that a postcard is in the public domain, feel free to post it.

Re: Street View?
Posted June 17, 2018

Google quietly pushed back their price increase until July 16. In the meantime I've re-enabled Street View.

Posted June 10, 2018

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.

Re: Road Trip
Posted June 2, 2018

Some notes about the stretch from Cairo, Illinois, to St. Louis. The big decision is whether to travel up the Missouri or Illinois side, and I've included ideas for both.

RJC: I doubt you'll have time for hardly any of these, but I wanted to put together a list for future reference for anybody else traveling this route. And maybe you'll find an interesting diversion or two you wouldn't know about otherwise.

ILLINOIS SIDE:

Combination bridge and floodgate at north end of Cairo:

http://bridgehunter.com/il/alexander/bh38036/

Highway 3 intersection with Sears and Roebuck Road north of Cairo - although long gone, this is near the site of a 40-acre lumber mill where Sears produced pre-fabricated homes that were sold by catalog and shipped throughout the country by rail:

http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/2010/08/02/sears-modern-...

Abandoned girder bridge next to Highway 3 on the left:

http://bridgehunter.com/il/alexander/channel-ic/

"Singing Bridge Road" just off Highway 3 (the bridge is gone, but the old road features vintage concrete pavement that is like driving back in time):

http://bridgehunter.com/il/alexander/singing/

Horseshoe Lake State Wildlife Area offers bald eagle watching if you're interested in that (look for the nest along West Side Drive near Miller City Road)

https://www.semissourian.com/blogs/pavementends/entry/68075

Thebes Bridge (best view is from the riverfront at the boat ramp, but the old courthouse is also good):

http://bridgehunter.com/il/alexander/thebes/

Gale Bridge is right next to Highway 3 on the right (drive across and notice how the bridge is curved):

http://bridgehunter.com/il/alexander/gale/

LaRue/Pine Hills is one of the scenic wonders of the Midwest and it's only a few minutes drive off Highway 3 on Big Muddy Levee Road:

https://www.semissourian.com/blogs/pavementends/entry/51213

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/shawnee/recarea/?recid=35185

Halsey Bridge (on the road to/from Pine Hills):

http://bridgehunter.com/il/union/halsey-rr/

Grand Tower Pipeline Suspension Bridge (one of the longest of its kind in the world, follow the signs for Devils Backbone Park)

http://bridgehunter.com/il/jackson/grand-tower-pipeline/

Chester Bridge (spectacular, but is down to one-lane traffic this summer for repairs; follow the "Truck Bypass" for the best views from the riverfront):

http://bridgehunter.com/il/randolph/chester/

Stone Arch Bridges of Monroe County (there's several of these German-style bridges; the easiest to see is Gall Road Bridge which is right off Highway 3 in Columbia):

http://bridgehunter.com/il/monroe/gall-road/

http://bridgehunter.com/il/monroe/fountain-creek/

http://bridgehunter.com/il/monroe/maeystown/

MISSOURI SIDE:

Oldest concrete highway in Missouri (unfortunately it's a bit hard to follow now because the bridge on County Road 307 is closed):

https://www.semissourian.com/blogs/pavementends/entry/26736

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/mississippi/cr307/

Old Appleton Bridge (was completely destroyed by a flash flood and rebuilt):

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/cape/old-appleton/

Kaskaskia Island (site of the first Illinois capital but thanks to some geographical weirdness is only reachable from Missouri):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaskaskia,_Illinois

Ste. Genevieve, the town with a National Park coming soon:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/ste-genevieve-gets-...

Kimmswick Bridge:

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/jefferson/kimmswick/

Meramec River Bridge on Highway 21 (first of its kind built in the U.S.; best access is by taking the Meramec Bottom Road exit from I-55 and following Meramec Bottom Road west to the bridge):

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-louis/meramec-21/

Downtown St. Louis: The Gateway Arch grounds and nearby interstates have been under construction for years, with the projects finally starting to wrap up this year, but getting around and parking is still tricky (beware of outdated guidebooks and websites which don't reflect recent changes):

https://www.gatewayarch.com/plan-your-visit/

MacArthur Bridge - Chouteau Avenue and Leonor K. Sullivan Drive offer excellent views of this bridge:

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-louis-city/macarthur/

Eads Bridge - Best views and access is from the Gateway Arch grounds. You can also drive across into Illinois, turn left at the Casino Queen exit, and then turn left on the riverfront road which will take you to Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park with an excellent overlook of the Arch and Eads Bridge:

https://www.meprd.org/mmmp.html

McKinley Bridge north of downtown St. Louis (provides a convenient way to cross over to Illinois for driving up to Chain of Rocks):

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-louis-city/mckinley/

Be sure to approach the Chain of Rocks bridges from the Illinois side!

Drew Bridge (Florida)
Posted May 19, 2018

Well, well, well. I did some forensic analysis on the IP number used by both "Local Resident" and "Amanda".

And what did I find? This little beauty of a link:

https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Wikipedia:Long-term_abuse/I_Lo...

Wikipedia has banned a particular user, "I Love Bridges", for the "Creation of hoax bridge articles, and meddling with existing ones."

The same IP number used by Amanda is mentioned on that page. It has been banned from Wikipedia for a year because of long-term abuse.

Good riddance, Amanda. Wikipedia was right to ban you, but I'm not willing to settle for a one year ban. You and your hoaxes and copyright violations are not welcome here ever again.

Drew Bridge (Florida)
Posted May 19, 2018

I was shocked, shocked to discover that the first comment from "Local Resident" was posted from the same IP number used by Amanda in the past, and that this IP number is registered to an internet provider that is 1,200 miles away from the Drew Bridge.

I've tried to follow the advice of "Don't feed the trolls" but this is getting ridiculous.

McMillin Bridge (Washington)
Posted May 12, 2018

Pierce County Washington's Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is hosting an interpretive sign dedication at this bridge on Tuesday, May 15.

For more information: http://piercecountywa.org/5738/McMillin-Bridge

Re: link still good?
Posted May 6, 2018

Yes, that's the correct donation link.

http://www.dreamhost.com/donate.cgi?id=8305

Posted April 5, 2018

I had to disable comments on Uglybridges.com, now BridgeReports.com, because of problems with spammers and troublemakers posting sexually explicit content. It's always something.

Re: Donation
Posted April 1, 2018

Yes, it's all good. Thank you!

Posted April 1, 2018
Posted March 31, 2018

Latest updates about the bridge collapse (in short, we still don't know much):

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/w...

Re: Drone for luddite
Posted March 31, 2018

Everybody raves about the DJI drones, but they're rather expensive. I'd suggest starting out with something cheaper, that way if you lose it in a river, it's not a huge setback.

For example, I bought a MJX Bugs B2C drone for $140 last Christmas. It has GPS, so it is able to maintain its own position while hovering. The controls are dead simple -- up/down, forward/backward, rotate left/right. Taking off and landing is easy, although it does require a song-and-dance to calibrate it before each flight.

It has a built-in camera which is adequate but not great. Unfortunately the weather has been so cold and windy so far this year that I haven't been able to take it out bridgehunting yet.