James Baughn

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Email: webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com

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River traffic passing underneath

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 

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
Idlewood Road Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Timber stringer bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway on Idlewood Road (TR 159A)
July 10, 2018: Added
Tri-Level Steel Frame Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Steel rigid frame bridge over Eastbound I-64 on Northbound I-57 at the Mt. Vernon Tri-Level Interchange
July 10, 2018: Added
Enon Creek Bridge (Moniteau County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Enon Creek on Route A
June 12, 2018: Added
Gillis Bridge (Shelby County, Missouri)
Bedstead pony truss bridge over Black Creek on CR 342
May 29, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is available for adaptive reuse
Chili Mills Bridge (Monroe County, New York)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Black Creek on Stuart Road
May 17, 2018: Posted drone photo from Jeff Small
W. 127th Street Culvert (Johnson County, Kansas)
Concrete culvert over a branch of Tomahawk Creek on a hiking/biking trail (formerly W. 127th Street)
May 12, 2018: Added page; posted photos from Keith Gates
Uintah Bridge (Weber County, Utah)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Weber River on Uintah Town Street
May 8, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Corrected spelling of name
Perry County Road 438 Bridge (Perry County, Missouri)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over a branch of Brazeau Creek on former alignment of CR 438
May 6, 2018: Added
UP - Beaucoup Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Beaucoup Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
April 22, 2018: Added
UP/GMO Overpass (Jackson County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Mobile & Ohio Railroad (removed) on Union Pacific Railroad
April 22, 2018: Added
IC - Jones Quarry Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Illinois)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Jones Quarry Creek on Illinois Central Railroad
April 22, 2018: Added
IC - Sand Ridge Bridge (Jackson County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Big Muddy River on Illinois Central Railroad
April 22, 2018: Added
Big Muddy River Bridge (Jackson County, Illinois)
Lost bridge over Big Muddy River on Grand Tower-Wolf Lake road (predecessor to IL 3)
April 22, 2018: Added
Curlew Bridge (Ferry County, Washington)
Through truss bridge over Kettle River on Ferry Street in Curlew
April 3, 2018: Merged duplicate pages; untangled confusion between Curlew and Orient bridges
Orient Bridge (Ferry County, Washington)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Kettle River on Orient Main Street
April 3, 2018: Added
Silver Mines Bridge (Madison County, Missouri)
Low-water bridge over St. Francis River on Old Route D at Silver Mines Recreation Area
April 1, 2018: Added photos
Silver Mines Bridge (Madison County, Missouri)
Low-water bridge over St. Francis River on Old Route D at Silver Mines Recreation Area
April 1, 2018: Added
Rock Bridge (Cook County, Georgia)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Little River on Old Quitman Road
March 31, 2018: Added
Oregon Creek Covered Bridge 05-58-01 (Yuba County, California)
Covered bridge over Oregon Creek on Alleghany Ridge Road at Oregon Creek Campground
March 30, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
City Lake Road Bridge (Madison County, Missouri)
Plate girder bridge over Village Creek on City Lake Road in Fredericktown
March 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is now closed to traffic
Sweetwater Bridge (Miami-Dade County, Florida)
Steel stringer bridge over Tamiami Canal Number C-4 on footpath along SW 109th Avenue
March 17, 2018: Added
Pole Road Bridge (New Madrid County, Missouri)
Lost pony truss bridge over Ditch 1 on Pole Road
March 8, 2018: Added
Kirk Mystery Bridge (Dunklin County, Missouri)
Lost Howe pony truss bridge over Floodway drainage ditch
March 8, 2018: Added photo
Cairo Ohio River Bridge (Alexander County, Illinois)
Cantilevered through truss over the Ohio River on US 51/60/62 between Cairo, Illinois and Wickliffe, Kentucky
March 5, 2018: Added photos
Blue Bridge (Kent County, Michigan)
Pratt through truss bridge over Grand River on formerly the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, currently, a pedestrian path
February 27, 2018: Added photos from Austin Lenar
Brush Creek Bridge (Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Brush Creek on PA 993 in Trafford
February 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Corrected location and status
Burlington-Bristol Bridge (Bucks County, Pennsylvania)
Vertical lift bridge over Delaware River on PA 413 in Bristol
February 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
Cape May-Lewes Ferry (Cape May County, New Jersey)
Ferry across Delaware Bay on US 9
February 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
Kellams Bridge (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
Suspension bridge over Delaware River on SR 1018 (Kellams Bridge Road)
February 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
Branch Little Cannon River Culvert (Goodhue County, Minnesota)
Concrete culvert over a branch of Little Cannon River on CSAH 14
February 17, 2018: Added
Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (Charles County, Maryland)
Through truss bridge over Potomac River on US 301 connecting King George County, Va., and Charles County, Md.
February 17, 2018: Merged duplicate pages; added King George County, VA, as an adjacent county
Bridge of Dreams (Knox County, Ohio)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mohican River on Mohican Valley Trail (formerly part of the Pennsylvania Railroad) in Brinkhaven
February 17, 2018: Added photos from Irv Oslin

Recent Comments 

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.

Posted March 28, 2018

Laura: I'm not sure where the plaque from the Laflin Bridge ended up. The Bollinger County Archives & Genealogical Center in Marble Hill might know the answer.

http://bocoarchives.org/

FIU Footbridge coverage
Posted March 15, 2018

Clip of surveillance video shows a portion of the collapse:

https://twitter.com/MoniqueOMadan/status/974478688346693632/...

The blame game begins:

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

Story includes a rendering (scroll down) of what the finished bridge was supposed to look like:

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

"FIU employee heard a loud crack crossing under the bridge. Hours later, it collapsed.":

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

"Construction Firms Behind Collapsed FIU Bridge Faced Accusations of Unsafe Practices":

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/fiu-bridge-collapse-constr...