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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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 

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
MoPac - Roots Swing Bridge (Randolph County, Illinois)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Kaskaskia River on Illinois Southern Railroad
February 4, 2018: Added
UP - Ninemile Creek Bridge (Randolph County, Illinois)
Deck truss bridge over Ninemile Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
February 3, 2018: Added
Dix Bridge (Washington County, New York)
3 span Double Intersection Warren through truss bridge over Hudson River on Dix Bridge Rd.
January 27, 2018: Added photo from Mike Bielkiewicz
Pike Creek Old US 67 Bridge (Butler County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Pike Creek on S. 11th Street (Old US 67)
January 23, 2018: Added
MO 53 Viaduct (Butler County, Missouri)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Missouri Pacific Railroad on MO 53
January 23, 2018: Added
Saline River Bridge (Lincoln County, Kansas)
Lost through truss bridge over Saline River, 0.9 mi. east of Vesper
January 15, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Loaded updated NBI location and data; bridge has been replaced
Tribe Hill Bridge (Montgomery County, New York)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Mohawk River on Main Street
January 13, 2018: Photo submitted by Joshua Richardson
Charleston Pike Bridge (Ross County, Ohio)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over CSX Railroad on Charleston Pike (CR 222)
January 1, 2018: Added
CSX Railroad over Seymour Road Bridge (Ross County, Ohio)
Deck arch bridge over Seymour Road (TR 951) on CSX Railroad
January 1, 2018: Added
DT&I Railroad over Thrifton Road Bridge (Ross County, Ohio)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Thrifton Road (CR 1) on DT&I Railroad
January 1, 2018: Added
Vigo Road Bridge (Ross County, Ohio)
Deck arch bridge over Branch of Salt Creek on Vigo Road
January 1, 2018: Added
Elk Fork Bridge (Vinton County, Ohio)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over Elk Fork on TR 12
January 1, 2018: Added
Dickson Court Bridge (Los Angeles County, California)
Filled-in arch bridge on Dickson Court on the UCLA campus
January 1, 2018: Added
Eagle Creek Suspension Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Eagle Creek on Gorge Trail #400
December 30, 2017: Added
Q Street Viaduct (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Union Pacific Railroad on Q Street
December 24, 2017: Added
Union Pacific over Florence Blvd. Bridge (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Florence Blvd. on Union Pacific Railroad
December 24, 2017: Added
Cuming Street over N. 33rd Street Overpass (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over N. 33rd Street on Cuming Street (NE 64)
December 24, 2017: Added
South 46th Street Bridge (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Timber stringer bridge over Branch of Blood Creek on S. 46th Street
December 24, 2017: Added
Dodge Street Pedestrian Overpass (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Steel bridge over Dodge Street (US 6) on a pedestrian walkway between Memorial and Elmwood parks
December 24, 2017: Added
Lake Junaluska Dam Bridge (Haywood County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Richland Creek on S. Lakeshore Drive
December 24, 2017: Added
Clover Hills Drive Bridge (Warren County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge on Clover Hill Drive/100th Avenue over Middle Creek
December 24, 2017: Merged duplicate pages
Private Bridge over I&M Canal (Will County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over I&M Canal Trail & CN Railway on Private drive
December 22, 2017: Added
Lick Creek Route J Bridge (Stoddard County, Missouri)
Lost pony truss bridge over Lick Creek Ditch on Route J, west of Bloomfield
December 20, 2017: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been replaced
Adams Street Bridge (Wise County, Virginia)
Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over old Interstate railbed on pedestrians
December 17, 2017: Updated by James Baughn: Corrected name of nearby tunnel to Maytown instead of Swede
NS - Grand River Trestle (Lake County, Ohio)
Steel trestle over Grand River on Norfolk Southern Railway
November 21, 2017: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is undergoing replacement
Paint Branch US 29 Bridge (Montgomery County, Maryland)
Deck girder bridge over Paint Branch on US 29
November 19, 2017: Added
Old Columbia Pike Bridge (Montgomery County, Maryland)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Paint Branch on Old Columbia Pike
November 19, 2017: Added
Silver Creek Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Girder bridge over Silver Creek on 236th Avenue (Old US 52)
November 18, 2017: Added photos
Ten Mile Creek Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Kingpost pony truss bridge relocated to Trout Run Trail in Decorah
November 18, 2017: Added photos
Gilliece Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Cattle Creek Road
November 18, 2017: Added photos
Cold Water Creek Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Cold Water Creek on Cold Water Creek Road
November 18, 2017: Added photos
Chimney Rock Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Chimney Rock Road
November 18, 2017: Added photos
McCaffrey Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Two-span through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on 244th Avenue, east of Bluffton
November 18, 2017: Added photos
Brushy Road Underpass (Pulaski County, Illinois)
Lost timber stringer bridge over Brushy Road (TR 47) on a former railroad
November 15, 2017: Added
Cache Chapel Road Bridge (Pulaski County, Illinois)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Cache River on Cache Chapel Road (TR 84)
November 15, 2017: Added
Fowlkes Bridge (Cumberland County, Virginia)
Pratt through truss bridge over Appomattox River on Brook Hill Road/Fowlkes Bridge Road (Route 621)
November 13, 2017: Merged duplicate pages
River des Peres Railroad Bridge (St. Louis, Missouri)
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over River des Peres Drainage Channel on Former railroad
November 12, 2017: Added
Afton Cloverleaf Bridge (Ottawa County, Oklahoma)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over US 59/US 69/Former US 66 on US 60/Turnpike Connector
November 12, 2017: Added
Branch Center Creek CR 200 Bridge (Jasper County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over Branch of Center Creek on CR 200
November 12, 2017: Added
Donnelleville Road Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck arch bridge over Little Bull Creek on Donnelleville Road (TR 717)
November 9, 2017: Added
Mission Street Bridge (West) (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over South 21st Street on Mission Street
November 9, 2017: Added
Mission Street Bridge (East) (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Gomer Street & Greeley Street on Mission Street
November 9, 2017: Added
Country Club Drive Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over US 19 on Country Club Drive
November 9, 2017: Added
Airport Parkway over Montour Run Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Montour Run Road on I-376 (Airport Parkway)
November 9, 2017: Added
Rosslyn Road Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over I-376 (Parkway West) on Rosslyn Road (Ramp A)
November 9, 2017: Added
Pine Creek Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Pine Creek on East Pennview Street
November 9, 2017: Added
Pennsylvania Turnpike Allegheny River Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Lost deck truss bridge over Allegheny River on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) in Plum
November 7, 2017: New photo

Recent Comments 

Posted February 17, 2018

By popular demand, I've added more NBI data for the listings shown here.

I'm also renaming Uglybridges.com to BridgeReports.com to head off the complaints about whether a bridge is "ugly" or not. At some point, though, I might end up re-launching Uglybridges.com as a gallery of the most hideous UCEBs.

Posted February 14, 2018

This bridge, and a whole bunch of acreage, could be yours for only $12,790,000

http://www.mossyoakproperties.com/land/15647

Posted January 25, 2018

The remaining span of this bridge has reportedly collapsed into the river.

National Bridge Inventory
Posted January 20, 2018

It looks like FHWA managed to publish the latest version of the National Bridge Inventory just under the wire before the federal government shutdown.

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/nbi/ascii.cfm

Posted January 18, 2018

The Bird's Nest Bridge did just fine in last year's record-setting flood. The river reached a stage of 28.71 ft. on the USGS gage at Bird's Nest, a full 1.5 feet above the previous record.

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lsx&gage=s...

Meanwhile, the idea that the bridge "could damn the river and flood steelville and a whole slew of houses" is preposterous. Looking at the FEMA flood insurance map, in order to threaten a "slew" of houses in Steelville, the Meramec would need to reach approximately 28 feet higher than last year's record.

To accomplish that feat, the entire floodplain of the Meramec would need to be dammed below the mouth of Whittenburg Creek, and the Bird's Nest Bridge doesn't come close to being long enough. More importantly, a dam would need to stand at least 55 feet above the normal river level to hold back enough water to threaten Steelville.

In what universe would it be possible to construct such a dam using only the girders and boards of the Bird's Nest Bridge?

Posted December 24, 2017

This is a really peculiar bridge. Does anybody have info on it?

Posted December 6, 2017

The county GIS website doesn't show this road, suggesting that it is private:

https://map.sccmo.org/Main/viewers/desktop/

The old series MoDOT map of St. Charles County does show this road, but uses the dotted line symbol for a private road.

The new series MoDOT map does not show this road:

http://modot.org/newsandinfo/CountyMaps.htm

This bridge is not listed in the National Bridge Inventory.

The Census Bureau's TIGER dataset does not show this road -- which is rather odd since it includes both public and private roads.

Google Maps does label this road as Bastean Road, but I believe that's a mistake. The county GIS map shows another Bastean Road to the east leading to a subdivision, and that is a public road. It appears that Google Map is confused, which is not that unusual.

All signs point to this being a private drive.

Posted December 5, 2017

I tracked down a map from 1939 which shows a Sherrow School located about a mile east of the original bridge site. (I've circled the bridge in red.) There was also a Roberts School located to the southeast. So the Sherrow Ford name makes sense.

Re: Watermarking
Posted November 29, 2017

Watermarking won't help in this case since Pinsdaddy has already downloaded and cached the photos.

Re: Pinsdaddy
Posted November 28, 2017

I can block site scrapers, but only if I can identify their bots by IP number or user-agent string. I haven't figured that out yet for pinsdaddy.com.

However, in this case, I can do one better. The pinsdaddy website is embedding the high-res photos directly from here (stealing bandwidth in the process). I've made a simple rule change which replaces these embedded photos with the message "Find this photo at bridgehunter.com".

We'll see how long it takes for them to catch on.

(Insert evil laugh here.)

Posted November 27, 2017

Jeremy,

I'm attaching the page from the 1996 Missouri Historic Bridge Inventory about this bridge. Most of the info you probably already know, but it does give references to three entries in the county court records which mention the original construction of the bridge. If you can track down those sources at the county courthouse, they may shed some light on the early history of the bridge.

Posted November 12, 2017

Bridge is doomed according to this story:

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/12/563398606/instagram-crowds-ma...

Posted November 8, 2017

The 2004 NBI gives coordinates near the end of Folsom Mill Lane. This bridge was dropped from the NBI after that.

Posted November 5, 2017

Pudge,

Do you have any news about the Rock Bridge? When I last visited it looked like it had crumbled some more.

Re: Patroon Island Bridge
Posted October 26, 2017

I've removed all of Matthew's uploads for now.