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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.
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?
This is a really peculiar bridge. Does anybody have info on it?
The county GIS website doesn't show this road, suggesting that it is private:
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:
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.
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.
Watermarking won't help in this case since Pinsdaddy has already downloaded and cached the photos.
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.)
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.
Bridge is doomed according to this story:
The 2004 NBI gives coordinates near the end of Folsom Mill Lane. This bridge was dropped from the NBI after that.
Do you have any news about the Rock Bridge? When I last visited it looked like it had crumbled some more.
I've removed all of Matthew's uploads for now.
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:
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."
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:
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.
This bridge has reportedly been damaged by Hurricane Irma. http://keysweekly.com/42/snake-creek-bridge-reported-as-out/