James Baughn

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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 

Albright Power Station Bridge (Preston County, West Virginia)
Deck plate girder bridge over Cheat River on Powerplant Road
October 22, 2017: Added
Albright Bridge (Preston County, West Virginia)
Steel stringer bridge over Cheat River on WV 26
October 22, 2017: Added
Hendricks Bridge (Tucker County, West Virginia)
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Blackwater River on WV 72
October 22, 2017: Added
Penn Lincoln Parkway East Bridge Over Ramp G (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Steel stringer bridge over Ramp G on I-376/US 22 (Penn Lincoln Parkway East)
October 22, 2017: Added
Panther Hollow Trail Bridge Number 4 (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Unnamed Schenley Park Stream on Panther Hollow Trail
October 22, 2017: Added
Black Fork Cheat River US 219 Bridge (Tucker County, West Virginia)
Lost Steel stringer bridge over Black Fork Cheat River on US 219/WV 72
October 22, 2017: Added
Nallen Bridge (Fayette County, West Virginia)
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Meadow River
October 22, 2017: Added
Kevin Ritchie Memorial Bridge (Fayette County, West Virginia)
Warren deck truss bridge over Meadow River on US 19
October 22, 2017: Added
Abandoned Elk River Bridge North of Dorfee (Clay County, West Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Elk River on Footpath
October 22, 2017: Added
Interstate 64 Guyandotte River Bridge (Cabell County, West Virginia)
Deck plate girder bridge over Guyandotte River on I-64
October 22, 2017: Added
35th Street Bridge (Kanawha County, West Virginia)
Deck plate girder bridge over Kanawha River on 35th Street SE (CR 60/63)
October 22, 2017: Added
36th Street Bridge (Kanawha County, West Virginia)
Deck plate girder bridge over Kanawha River on 36th Street SE (CR 60/62)
October 22, 2017: Added
South Charleston Bridge (Kanawha County, West Virginia)
Deck plate girder bridge over Kanawha River on I-64 Westbound
October 22, 2017: Added
West Buckeye Bridge (Monongalia County, West Virginia)
Timber through arch bridge over Dunkard Creek on CR 39 (Buckeye Road)
October 22, 2017: Added
Pentress Bridge (Monongalia County, West Virginia)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Dunkard Creek on WV 7
October 22, 2017: Added
Montour Trail - Donaldson Road Tunnel (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Donaldson Road on Montour Trail (Former Montour Railroad)
October 21, 2017: Added
Montour Trail - Beagle Club Road Tunnel (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Beagle Club Road on Montour Trail (Former Montour Railroad)
October 21, 2017: Added
National Road Bridge over Branch of Buffalo Creek (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Concrete tee beam bridge over Branch of Buffalo Creek on US 40 (National Road)
October 21, 2017: Added
Panhandle Trail Robinson Run Bridge Near Primrose (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Robinson Run on Panhandle Trail (Old Alignment of the Panhandle Railroad)
October 21, 2017: Added
PennDOT Maintenance Yard Bridge (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Warren pony truss bridge over Tributary of Little Pike Run on PennDOT Maintenance Yard Driveway
October 21, 2017: Added
Broadway Street Bridge (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
Steel stringer bridge over Casselman River on SR 2004 (Broadway Street)
October 21, 2017: Added
Lincoln Highway Stonycreek River Bridge (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Concrete tee beam bridge over Stonycreek River on US 30 (Lincoln Highway)
October 21, 2017: Added
Lincoln Highway CSX Overhead Crossing (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Concrete stringer bridge over CSX Railroad on US 30 (Lincoln Highway)
October 21, 2017: Added
Scullton Road Bridge (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
Steel stringer bridge over Laurel Hill Creek on PA 653 (Scullton Road)
October 21, 2017: Added
Stoystown Road Beaverdam Creek Bridge (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Concrete tee beam bridge over Beaver Dam Creek on PA 281 (Stoystown Road)
October 21, 2017: Added
Jackson Street Bridge (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Concrete tee beam bridge over Buffalo Creek on Pa 653
October 21, 2017: Added
Fort Hill Bridge (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Steel stringer bridge over Casselman River on Fort Hill Road (SR 3001)
October 21, 2017: Added
Sharon Bedford Road Extension Bridge (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over Shenango River on Sharon Bedford Road Extension
October 21, 2017: Added
Palm Garden Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Saw Mill Run and PA 51 on South Busway
October 20, 2017: Added
Homewood Trail Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Nine Mile Run on Homewood Trail
October 20, 2017: Added
Montour Trail Bridge Near Montour Park Road (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Montour Run on Montour Trail
October 20, 2017: Added
McClaren Road Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Montour Run on McClaren Road
October 20, 2017: Added
Ganges Way Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Slab bridge over Streets Run on Ganges Way
October 20, 2017: Added
Jones Avenue Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Bailey pony truss bridge over Thompson Run East Side on Jones Avenue
October 20, 2017: Added
Penn Lincoln Parkway East Thompson Run Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Thompson Run on I-376/US 22 (Penn Lincoln Parkway East)
October 20, 2017: Added
Old William Penn Highway Thompson Run Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Thompson Run on Old William Penn Highway
October 20, 2017: Added
Curry Hollow Road Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Concrete stringer bridge over CSX Railroad on Curry Hollow Road
October 20, 2017: Added
Edgewood Avenue Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over I-376 (Parkway East) on Edgewood Avenue, East Busway, and Laurel Street
October 20, 2017: Added
Pitcairn Railroad Yard Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned warren pony truss bridge over Turtle Creek on Wall Avenue
October 20, 2017: Added
Bowman Avenue Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over Cliff Street on McKeesport Duquesne Bridge Ramp H (former Bowman Avenue)
October 20, 2017: Added
B&LE Railroad over Pennsylvania Turnpike Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) on Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad
October 20, 2017: Added
Biltmore Estate Bass Pond Bridge (Buncombe County, North Carolina)
Brick arch bridge over Formalie Branch (Biltmore Estate Bass Pond) on Winery Approach Road
October 20, 2017: Added
Friendsville Bridge (Garrett County, Maryland)
Steel stringer bridge over Youghiogheny River on MD 742 (Maple Street)
October 20, 2017: Added
Bittinger Road Bridge (Garrett County, Maryland)
Slab bridge over North Branch Cassleman River on MD 495 (Bittinger Road Bridge)
October 20, 2017: Added
PA 75 over US 22 Bridge (Juniata County, Pennsylvania)
Steel rigid frame bridge over US 22/US 322 on PA 75
October 19, 2017: Added
Main Street Bridge (Jefferson County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Big Run on US 119 (W. Main Street)
October 19, 2017: Added
North Fork I-80 Eastbound Bridge (Jefferson County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over North Fork Redbank Creek on I-80 Westbound
October 19, 2017: Added
North Fork I-80 Eastbound Bridge (Jefferson County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over North Fork Redbank Creek on I-80 Eastbound
October 19, 2017: Added
Clarksburg Road Bridge (Indiana County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Marshall Run on Clarksburg Road (SR 3007)
October 19, 2017: Added
Drakes Mills Bridge (Crawford County, Pennsylvania)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Conneaut Creek on PA 99 (Forest Street)
October 19, 2017: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted October 18, 2017

This is a Pandora's Box for sure.

In 1972 the U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided that this is the Little Tallahatchie River. Their documentation can be found on the USGS website here:

https://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/

Perform a search for "Tallahatchie" in Mississippi, drill down to the entry for Little Tallahatchie River, and then look for the "BGN Subject Folders" section. (It's not possible to link to the specific page due to the screwy design of their website.)

On the other hand, it's hard to argue against local usage. The fact that the road signs say "Tallahatchie River" at this bridge is very compelling. Likewise, the National Bridge Inventory, based on records provided by MDOT, seems to prefer Tallahatchie River for the entire river below Sardis Lake.

The BGN Principles, Policies, and Procedures manual states: "The underlying principle of the BGN for establishing official geographic names and their applications is recognition of present-day local usage or preferences."

https://geonames.usgs.gov/docs/DNC_PPP_DEC_2016_V.1.0.pdf

However, the BGN has had a long history of not always following that principle. Instead of standardizing names, they've sowed confusion by adopting positions that are clearly the opposite of local usage.

Consider, for example, the Pittsburg(h) fiasco:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_of_Pittsburgh

I'm particularly peeved about one of their decisions several years ago in Southeast Missouri to demote Whitewater River to "Upper Whitewater Creek" despite zero evidence that the stream has ever been called a "creek" throughout 200+ years of history.

Luckily for us we're under no obligation to follow every BGN decision. And how!

To complicate matters, this particular bridge sits at the transition point between the original river channel and the modern Panola Quitman Floodway, a man-made diversion channel labeled as such by the DeLorme atlas.

And then there's Google Maps, which consistently labels the entire river system as "Little Tallahatchie River" -- even those portions that most everyone, including the BGN, consider to be the main Tallahatchie River.

So, in a nutshell, it's complicated.

Kent Road Bridge
Posted September 19, 2017
Posted September 10, 2017

This bridge has reportedly been damaged by Hurricane Irma. http://keysweekly.com/42/snake-creek-bridge-reported-as-out/

It's going to be hard to beat this one
Posted August 22, 2017
Obligatory photos of the stellar shrouding
Posted August 22, 2017

Alas, no bridges around, but I had totally clear skies, and I didn't have to leave my front yard.

Re: One lane bridge but where????
Posted August 19, 2017
Re: Solar Eclipse
Posted August 19, 2017

For your last-minute trip planning pleasure:

http://bridgehunter.com/story/1213/

Re: Are pairs one or two bridges?
Posted July 10, 2017

It's a real grey area.

In the case of the Eisenhower tunnels, I thought about merging them into a single page. However, each tunnel does have a separate official name, and those names are clearly etched above the portals. So I left the two pages alone.

Posted July 3, 2017

Field visit July 2, 2017: This pony truss is getting quite grown over. The classic photo of the pony truss with the through truss in the background is not possible anymore, at least in the summer.

Posted July 3, 2017

Field visit July 2, 2017: The deck on this bridge is in poor condition with missing and loose boards. I actually felt more comfortable walking across the nearby Sugar Creek Bridge (which is closed to traffic) compared with this bridge.

Posted June 25, 2017

Field visit 6/24/17: Construction is well underway on the replacement bridge with assembly of the new through arch in progress. Various sections of the arch are sitting on nearby barges.

Kern Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted June 25, 2017

Field visit today: this bridge is on the verge of collapse. Severe erosion is threatening the eastern stone pier. The stones under the southeast bearing shoe are barely hanging on.

Posted June 25, 2017

Field visit today: the pieces are in a big pile on the east side.

Posted June 17, 2017

Does anybody know the latest news on the Gilliece Bridge? I'm going to be in the area next week and may visit the site -- if there's anything left to see.

Posted May 20, 2017

This was a wild goose chase. Information and photos at this link suggested this was a functioning replica Holland-style drawbridge:

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMFG03_Story_Woods_Draw_B...

It, however, has been replaced by a boring non-artistic footbridge.