James Baughn

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View from downstream

Burfordville Covered Bridge (Cape Girardeau County, Missouri)

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River traffic passing underneath

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

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Recent Updates 

Big Creek MO 49 Bridge (Iron County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over Big Creek on MO 49 south of Annapolis
October 6, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been replaced
US 441 Norris Dam Bridge (Anderson County, Tennessee)
Concrete girder bridge over Clinch River on US 441
October 6, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
Blackford Creek Bridge (Hancock County, Kentucky)
Pony truss bridge over Blackford Creek on Toler Bridge Road
September 5, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is available for adaptive reuse
Hegwald Bridge (Allen County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over a ravine on the Backbone Trail (Lehigh Portland Trail System) in Iola
September 3, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Moved pin to current location
Deer Creek Bridge (Lincoln County, Oklahoma)
Bedstead pony truss bridge over Deer Creek on E0960
August 25, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge appears to be closed to traffic
Owl Creek Bridge (Le Flore County, Oklahoma)
Double Intersection Warren through truss bridge over Owl Creek on 4050C
August 25, 2019: Bridge has been bypassed
Lost Creek Bridge (Kay County, Oklahoma)
Stone arch bridge over Lost Creek on E0120
August 25, 2019: Added
North Canadian River Bridge (Canadian County, Oklahoma)
Through truss bridge over North Canadian River on N2830 (Old US 81) in El Reno
August 25, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge appears to be closed to traffic
Spring Creek Bridge (Trego County, Kansas)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Spring Creek on Old US 40 (FAS 600)
August 23, 2019: Added
North Fork Smoky Hill River Bridge (Logan County, Kansas)
Steel stringer bridge over North Fork Smoky Hill River on Wagon Road (Old US 40)
August 23, 2019: Added
Pond Creek Bridge (Wallace County, Kansas)
Stringer bridge over Pond Creek on Old US 40
August 23, 2019: Added
US 24 Overpass Bridge (Rooks County, Kansas)
Lost concrete bridge over US 24 on K-258 at Webster Lake
August 23, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been removed
Wildcat Creek Bridge (Norton County, Kansas)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Wildcat Creek on Old US 36
August 23, 2019: Added
Lafayette Park Bridge (St. Louis, Missouri)
Steel arch bridge over an unnamed creek on a pedestrian path in Lafayette Park
August 17, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Corrected location
Stoddard County Road 307 Bridge No. 4 (Stoddard County, Missouri)
Lost concrete tee bridge over an unnamed creek on CR 307 (Old MO 25) just north of MO 91
August 13, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been replaced
Spoil Bank Railroad Bridge (Stoddard County, Missouri)
Lost two-span plate girder bridge over the Spoil Bank drainage ditch on the Union Pacific Railroad, west of Morehouse
August 13, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge was removed but not replaced
Aquilla Bridge (Stoddard County, Missouri)
Derelict through truss bridge over Castor River east of Aquilla at end of CR 535
August 13, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is no longer accessible
Avert Bridge (Stoddard County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over Castor River parallel to CR 512 near Avert
August 13, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is now gone
BNSF - Elsberry Bridge (Lincoln County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over Lost Creek on the BNSF Railway at Elsberry
August 11, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been replaced
Fox Creek MO 79 Bridge (Pike County, Missouri)
Stringer bridge with concrete balustrades over Fox Creek on MO 79
August 11, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been replaced
Guinns Creek MO 79 Bridge (Pike County, Missouri)
Lost pony plate girder bridge over Guinns Creek on MO 79
August 11, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has been replaced
Wabash - Cowmire Creek Bridge (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Cowmire Creek on North Missouri Railroad (later Wabash Railroad)
August 11, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Reports of this bridge's demise have been greatly exaggerated
Olathe Road Bridge (Laclede County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over Prairie Branch on Olathe Road (Old MO 5)
August 3, 2019: Added
Bobcat Road Bridge (Laclede County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Little Cobb Creek on Bobcat Road
August 3, 2019: Added
Baker Creek Road Bridge (Wright County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over Lick Fork Gasconade River on Baker Creek Road (CR 608)
August 3, 2019: Added
Burney Ford Bridge (Wright County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over Gasconade River on Crisptown Road (CR 384)
August 3, 2019: Added
Prairie Hollow Creek Bridge (Wright County, Missouri)
Concrete stringer bridge over Prairie Hollow Creek on Old MO 5
August 3, 2019: Added
Beaver Creek Route H Bridge (Wright County, Missouri)
Lost pony truss bridge over Beaver Creek on Route H
August 3, 2019: Bridge has been replaced
Kittson Avenue Bridge (Walsh County, North Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Park River on Kittson Avenue
July 27, 2019: Added
Branch of Big Sioux River Bridge (Brookings County, South Dakota)
Lost pony truss bridge over Branch of Big Sioux River on 213th Street
July 27, 2019: Added
Big Sioux River Bridge (Brookings County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Big Sioux River on 203rd Street
July 27, 2019: Added
Medary Creek Bridge (Brookings County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Medary Creek on 487th Avenue
July 27, 2019: Added
North Deer Creek Bridge (Brookings County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over North Deer Creek on 206th Street
July 27, 2019: Added
Medary Creek Bridge (Brookings County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Medary Creek on 474th Avenue
July 27, 2019: Added
Deer Creek Bridge (Brookings County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Deer Creek on 476th Avenue
July 27, 2019: Added
Big Sioux River Bridge (Brookings County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Big Sioux River on 217th Street
July 27, 2019: Added
Big Sioux River Bridge (Brookings County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Big Sioux River on 220th Street
July 27, 2019: Added
Sixth Avenue Underpass (Brookings County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over 6th Avenue on Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad
July 27, 2019: Added
Snake Creek Bridge (Brown County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Snake Creek on 138th Street
July 27, 2019: Added
Maple River Bridge (Brown County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Maple River on 102nd Street
July 27, 2019: Added
Foot Creek Bridge (Brown County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Foot Creek on 384th Avenue
July 27, 2019: Added
Elm River Bridge (Brown County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Elm River on 113th Street
July 27, 2019: Added
Elm River Bridge (Brown County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Elm River on 125th Street
July 27, 2019: Added
Elm River Bridge (Brown County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Elm River on 393rd Avenue
July 27, 2019: Added
James River Bridge (Brown County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over James River on 122nd Street
July 27, 2019: Added
James River Bridge (Brown County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over James River on 398th Avenue
July 27, 2019: Added
Moccasin Creek Bridge (Brown County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Moccasin Creek on 139th Street
July 27, 2019: Added
James River Bridge (Brown County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over James River on 129th Street
July 27, 2019: Added
Moccasin Creek Bridge (Brown County, South Dakota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Moccasin Creek on 137th Street
July 27, 2019: Added
Northern Plains Railroad over Middle Branch Forest River Bridge (Walsh County, North Dakota)
Timber stringer bridge over Middle Branch Forest River on Northern Plains Railroad
July 27, 2019: Added

Recent Comments 

Re: Morse Mill Bridge ownership
Posted September 6, 2019

From what I can tell, the Morse Mill Bridge has always been owned by Jefferson County. The historic bridge inventory mentioned earlier gives the book and page numbers in the county records that mention the bridge's construction and early maintenance.

According to the MoDOT Project History map for Jefferson County, the bridge was never used by a state highway. Although State Highway B was built in the late 1930s, it ended short of the bridge. In 1963, Highway B was extended to the south on a new bridge.

Lowe Bridge (Illinois)
Posted September 5, 2019

I'm at a loss for words after seeing photo #28.

Posted September 5, 2019

I received the following news release today from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 2:

Transportation Cabinet offers historic bridge for adoption

Application process runs through December 1

MADISONVILLE, Ky. -- The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is seeking a new home for a historic bridge. The Blackford Creek Bridge on Toler Bridge Road at the Hancock-Daviess County Line is scheduled for replacement next year. KYTC engineers are looking for a good home for the old bridge, which closed to traffic in October 2018.

The bridge was determined as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Officer in 2011. Constructed around 1919, it is believed to have served an early regional route while what is now U.S. 60 was under construction in the late 1920s.

According to KYTC District 2 Chief Engineer Deneatra Henderson, the bridge would make a great addition to a hiking and biking trail, or as part of a golf course cart path.

“Our goal here is to find an acceptable re-use of this historic structure,” said Henderson. “It has a lot of character. It is a steel Pratt pony truss, 60-feet long with a 13.5-foot wide concrete deck. While it is functionally obsolete by today’s standards, it could still have a lot of useful life if we can find it a new home in an appropriate location.”

KYTC District 2 Environmental Coordinator Pamela Broadston says the agency is seeking to locate a city, county or state government agency; historic preservation organization; or other approved individual or entity interested in having the bridge moved to a new site in Kentucky for preservation and reuse.

“We’ve already had some organizations express an interest in adopting the bridge,” Broadston said. “We’re optimistic that someone, somewhere in Kentucky will find a place for this historic bridge to take on a new life. We’re asking that the bridge be put to a use consistent with its historic character. If it can be relocated to an appropriate setting, the bridge may still be eligible for the National Register designation.”

The Federal Highway Association (FHWA) and KYTC can pay all expenses associated with match marking, disassembly, transportation to the new site, and off-loading of the bridge in an amount up to the estimated cost of demolition. The new owner, when chosen, will be responsible for all costs associated with site preparation and re-assembly of the bridge. Any additional costs the project might bear will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Agencies, organizations, or individuals who have an interest in adopting the historic structure should submit letters of interest and proposals for the bridge before December 1. If no recipient is located or selected, the bridge will be documented to Historic American Engineering Record specifications and demolished.

In 2020, FHWA and KYTC plan to initiate construction of a new bridge at the site.

For more information or to submit a written proposal, contact KYTC District 2 Environmental Coordinator Pamela Broadston at KYTC District 2, 1840 N. Main St., Madisonville, Ky., 42431 or by calling 270-824-7980.

Goose River Bridge (North Dakota)
Posted July 28, 2019

I wouldn't be so sure about GPS systems getting updated to show this road as closed.

I've been studying North Dakota bridges this weekend, and I'm finding a bunch of bridges that were removed and not replaced years ago. These continue to be shown as open by Google as well as the Census Bureau's TIGER dataset (the TIGER data is what powers the "What's Here" tool when editing bridges).

Rural areas just don't get a lot of attention for these things.

Goose River Bridge (North Dakota)
Posted July 26, 2019

What's frustrating is that this driver somehow managed to find the only historic bridge on Goose River for a long distance in either direction.

What's also frustrating is that the next bridge upstream is a 1996 UCEB with no posted weight limit on a much better road.

What's also frustrating is that this bridge is located on a road clearly signed as a Minimum Maintenance Road (see Street View on the west end).

What's also frustrating is that this road is only 0.15 miles shorter than the upstream road, but that was apparently just enough to make a GPS device stupidly route the driver this way despite being a Minimum Maintenance Road.

What's also frustrating is that this road doesn't serve any houses or buildings, and carries very little traffic. But that probably won't stop local officials from spending megabucks on a replacement.

Re: Names
Posted July 20, 2019

Some amusing names I found while picking through the US Census Bureau's street name database:

Alien Way - Dawson County, GA

A Little Way - Laurens County, SC

All in the Family Rd - Fairfield County, SC

All Rite Ln - Yankton County, SD

A Man's Way - Pray, Park County, MT

Another World Rd - Whiteriver, Navajo County, AZ

Around the Universe Rd - San Juan County, UT

Big Ugly Rd - Lincoln County, WV

Blazing Saddles Dr - Blaine County, ID

Broken Bridge Dr - Houston, Harris County, TX

Broken Pottery Dr - St. Johns County, FL

Center of the World Rd - Hart County, GA

Devils Boot Rd - Warren County, MO

Devil's Dining Room Rd - Georgetown County, SC

Devils Tramping Ground Rd - Chatham County, NC

Dirty Britches Dr - Haywood County, NC

Dis Is Da Way - Pulaski County, KY

Eat A Bite Ln - Canyon County, ID

Eat Em Up - Lake City, Hinsdale County, CO

E Whole Enchilada - Casa Grande, Pinal County, AZ

Fallen Bridge Rd - Trinity County, CA

Fat Baby Ln - Letcher County, KY

Gimme Shelter Ln - Monroe County, PA

Hell for Certain Sizerock Rd - Leslie County, KY

Insane Wayne Blvd - Imperial County, CA

Left Handed Rd - Barnstable County, MA

Many Gophers Ln - Pondera County, MT

Marsh Madness Pvt Ln - York County, ME

Murphys Law Rd - Transylvania County, NC

No Help Rd - Floyd County, GA

No Nuke Rd - Bradford County, PA

No Politics Dr - McDowell County, NC

No Tresspassing Rd - Tavares, Lake County, FL

No Way Out Ct - Diamond Springs, El Dorado County, CA

Pickle Buddy Ct - Spartanburg County, SC

Satans Kingdom Rd - Litchfield County, CT

Seed Tick Neck Rd - Beaufort County, NC

Some Day Way - Clallam County, WA

Star Wars Path - Paulding County, GA

Stink Bait Rd - Coke County, TX

Tick Bite Rd - Lenoir County, NC

Tick Tack Hill Rd - Stanly County, NC

Weird Rd - Bullitt County, KY

What A View Ln - Dane County, WI

Whatuthink Rd - Forestbrook, Horry County, SC

Who Cares Ave - Walker County, GA

Whodathunkit Rd - Bonner County County, ID

Whoopemup Rd - Columbia County County, WA

Why Me Lord Ln - Eureka Mill, Chester County, SC

Whynot Way - DeLand, Volusia County, FL

Why Worry Blvd - Haywood County, NC

Wicked Sisters Way - Apache County, AZ

Worlds End Ln - Skyland Estates, Warren County, VA

Ya Ya Way - Sumter County, SC

ZZ Top Dr - Robeson County, NC

Re: Fluck Mill
Posted July 20, 2019
Posted June 9, 2019

Property ownership info for Jackson County, IL, is available at this website:

http://jackson.il.bhamaps.com/

Re: Using the forum
Posted June 9, 2019

I've removed the recent comments from the Hayden Bridge page but left them on the Forum page.

Posted June 9, 2019

I think we have a winner. Looking at the Herrin quadrangle maps from 1910 and 1936, there was only one bridge across Crab Orchard Creek that could be described as 3.5 miles northeast of Carbondale, and it's the location next to modern-day Dillinger Road.

Posted June 7, 2019

I've received word that BNSF is making this bridge available for reuse at a new location. The sister bridge in Osage County is also available.

Posted May 27, 2019

The Champ Clark Bridge is closed yet again because of flooding on the Illinois side, and the river stage forecast would suggest this could continue for a couple weeks:

https://wgem.com/2019/05/27/champ-clark-bridge-closed-due-to...

Question for anybody in the area: Is it possible to walk out on to the bridge during the closure, or is it locked down because of the active construction work for the replacement bridge?

Re: Trouble with "add bridge"
Posted April 2, 2019

So my hosting provider did some kind of planned upgrade today which didn't go as planned. The server which handles the mapping features is currently down.

Posted February 1, 2019

This one is a real head scratcher. The 1936 General History and Transportation Map of Yell County doesn't show a bridge or road here. The map shows plenty of other minor county roads, though.

The 1956 edition of the county map does clearly show the bridge and road.

So does this mean the bridge wasn't installed here until after 1936? Or was it merely omitted from the map?

Posted January 31, 2019

Arkansas has other pin-connected bridges that are documented to have been built after 1920.

In this case, the state's historic bridge inventory, National Register nomination, and the National Bridge Inventory data all say 1930. That's all we have unless somebody can find more specific evidence this bridge was built earlier.