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 

Mexico Beach Canal Bridge (Bay County, Florida)
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Mexico Beach Canal (Salt Creek) on US 98
October 12, 2018: Added
Lafayette Street Underpass (Leon County, Florida)
Slab bridge over Lafayette Street on CSX Railroad
October 10, 2018: Added
CSX Railroad over US 90 Bridge (Jackson County, Florida)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over US 90 (W. Lafayette Street) on CSX Railroad
October 10, 2018: Added
BAYL - US90 Overpass (Jackson County, Florida)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over US 90 on Bay Line Railroad
October 10, 2018: Added
Gully Branch Road Bridge (Franklin County, Florida)
Bailey pony truss bridge over New River on Gully Branch Road
October 10, 2018: Added
Number Three Road Bridge (Franklin County, Florida)
Bailey pony truss bridge over New River on Number Three Road
October 10, 2018: Added
44th Street Bridge (Bay County, Florida)
Lost steel stringer bridge over Mexico Beach Canal on 44th Street
October 10, 2018: Added
Econfina Creek Bridge (Bay County, Florida)
Timber stringer bridge over Econfina Creek on Scott Road
October 10, 2018: Added
Otter Creek Bridge (Bay County, Florida)
Timber stringer bridge over Otter Creek on Otter Creek Bridge Road
October 10, 2018: Added
East 4th Street Bridge (Bay County, Florida)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Massalina Bayou on East 4th Street Bridge
October 10, 2018: Added
Wetappo Creek Bridge (Gulf County, Florida)
Timber stringer bridge over Wetappo Creek on Buddy Floore Road
October 10, 2018: Added
Wetappo Creek Bridge (Gulf County, Florida)
Steel stringer bridge over Wetappo Creek on FL 22
October 10, 2018: Added
Drainage Ditch Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)
Timber stringer bridge over Drainage ditch leading to Bonpas Creek on TR 123
October 7, 2018: Added
Neeley Bridge (Clay County, Illinois)
Lost through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 1665E
October 7, 2018: Added
Little Wabash River Bridge (Wayne County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Little Wabash River on CH 3
October 7, 2018: Added
Shannon Bridge (Wayne County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 2700E
October 7, 2018: Added
Bennington Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 1900N
October 7, 2018: Added
Dorsey Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 1775N
October 7, 2018: Added
Base Line Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 1475N
October 7, 2018: Added
Massilon Bridge (Wayne County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 1250N
October 7, 2018: Added
Old Iron Bridge (Wayne County, Illinois)
Lost bowstring pony truss bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 525N
October 7, 2018: Added
Saxe Bridge (Wayne County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Little Wabash River on Ditch Bank Road
October 7, 2018: Added
Tait Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 100N/TR 229, 6.5 mi. west of Grayville
October 7, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Added name per USGS map
Height Shoals Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Lost bridge over Little Wabash River on the predecessor to CH 20/CR 2600N
October 7, 2018: Added
Possum Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 1175E / FAS 1818
October 7, 2018: Added
Hanks Ferry Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Lost through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 2300N / TR 411, 6 mi. southwest of Grayville
October 7, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Added name per USGS map
Sigler Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 1925N
October 7, 2018: Added
Cherry Shoals Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on TR 308 / CR 1450 E
October 7, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Updated name per USGS map
Winters Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Skillet Fork on CH 1/FAS 884
October 6, 2018: Added
Tait Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 100N/TR 229, 6.5 mi. west of Grayville
October 5, 2018: Bridge is abandoned
Crooked Creek Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Crooked Creek on CR 1750E/TR 380
October 4, 2018: Added
French Creek Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over French Creek on CR 2000E/TR 412A
October 4, 2018: Added
CR 319 Bridge (Howard County, Missouri)
Warren pony truss bridge over Unnamed creek on CR 319
September 24, 2018: Added
B&O - Jacobs Creek Bridge (Fayette County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned bridge over Jacobs Creek on Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Mt Pleasant Branch
September 3, 2018: Added
Horton Bay Bridge (Charlevoix County, Michigan)
Concrete culvert over Horton Creek on Boyne City Road
August 26, 2018: Added
East End Yard Bridge (Brown County, Texas)
Bridge over Pecan Bayou on BNSF Railway east of Brownwood
August 26, 2018: Added
Millersville Bridge (Cape Girardeau County, Missouri)
Lost two-span through truss bridge over Whitewater River on MO 72 at Millersville
August 18, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Added opening date
Missouri Street Bridge (Washington County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Breton Creek on Missouri Street in Potosi, just south of the courthouse
August 16, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge was built by Stupp Brothers
St. Laurent Creek Bridge (Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over St. Laurent Creek on Second Street (unmarked) in St. Mary just south of US 61 and just north of the Perry County line
August 16, 2018: Likely a Stupp Brothers bridge
Neosho Mystery Arch Bridge (Newton County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge
August 14, 2018: Added
Jefferson City Bridge (Cole County, Missouri)
Pair of steel through arch bridges over the Missouri River at Jefferson City on US 54/63 in Jefferson City
August 14, 2018: New photo
US54 Niangua Arm Bridge (Camden County, Missouri)
Lost cantilevered through truss bridge over Niangua Arm, Lake of the Ozarks, on US 54 southwest of Camdenton
August 14, 2018: New photo
DODX - Devils Elbow Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)
Two-span through truss bridge over Big Piney River on the US Army Railroad near Devils Elbow
August 14, 2018: New photo
Ross Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over Big Piney River on Western Road
August 14, 2018: New photo
Waverly Bridge (Lafayette County, Missouri)
Lost five-span through truss bridge over the Missouri River on US 24/65 at Waverly
August 13, 2018: New photo
Turkey Creek Bridge (Jasper County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Turkey Creek on MO 66 (old US 166)
August 13, 2018: New photo
Hermann Bridge (Gasconade County, Missouri)
Lost cantilevered through truss bridge over the Missouri River on MO 19 at Hermann
August 13, 2018: New photos
US50 Hubers Landing Bridge (Osage County, Missouri)
Lost vertical-lift through truss bridge over Osage River on US 63 and US 50
August 13, 2018: New photo
First Jefferson City Bridge (Cole County, Missouri)
Lost through truss swing bridge over the Missouri River at Jefferson City
August 13, 2018: New photos
Old Pryor Creek Crossing (Stewart County, Tennessee)
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Pryor Creek beyond the end of LBL Road 36
August 13, 2018: Added map with approximate location

Recent Comments 

Posted October 7, 2018

Another pleasant surprise while studying aerial imagery of the Little Wabash River

Posted October 7, 2018

A pleasant surprise while looking at aerial imagery

Posted October 6, 2018

Looks like a Whipple truss. From what I can tell, there are only three other known Whipple trusses in Illinois, so this is a very important bridge.

Posted July 29, 2018

http://www.startribune.com/mississippi-headwaters-is-getting-a-makeover/488241611/

Posted July 28, 2018
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!