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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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 

Old IL 15 Bridge (Wayne County, Illinois)
Concrete pony/through girder bridge over a tributary of Big Mound Drainage Ditch on abandoned IL 15 just West of Fairfield
November 9, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
South 400 Road Underpass (Vernon County, Missouri)
Bridge over S. 400 Road on Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad
October 30, 2018: Added
Old Channel Little Crab Orchard Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over Old Channel Little Crab Orchard Creek on Former railroad
October 22, 2018: Added
Little Wabash River Bridge - Emma (Old) (White County, Illinois)
Lost Through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 600N
October 20, 2018: Added
Goodwin Bridge (Chelan County, Washington)
Deck truss bridge over Wenatchee River on Goodwin Road
October 17, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is available for adaptive reuse
EVWR - Carmi Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Little Wabash River on CSX Railroad
October 17, 2018: Added
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 Road Bridge (White County, Illinois)
Lost through truss 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

Recent Comments 

Posted November 23, 2018

This looks like a product of the Massillon Bridge Company based on the style of the plaque and portal bracing.

Galt, Missouri wooden bridge?
Posted November 16, 2018

Here's a very interesting find on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Real-Photo-Postcard-Post-Card-Galt-...

Posted November 5, 2018

These were very common in Missouri. There were 33 of them at the time of Fraser's historic bridge inventory in the early 1990s (see attached).

The inventory called them "lattice bedsteads", which as Nathan points out on his website, is not really accurate. They were lumped together with other true bedstead truss types, which were so common at the time in Missouri that very few were considered National Register eligible.

I don't know offhand how many of these "lattice" bridges are left, but it can't be very many. True bedsteads have also dwindled: what was once the most common truss type in Missouri is now one of the rarest.

Historic Bridge Preservationist Eric DeLony (1944-2018)
Posted October 30, 2018

I've received word that Eric DeLony, a leader in historic bridge documentation and preservation, passed away last week. He served as Chief of the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) from 1987 to 2003.

Details here: https://www.facebook.com/HeritageDocumentationPrograms/posts...

Attached is an "action" photo of Eric from the 2009 Historic Bridge Weekend in Pennsylvania. He was fearless in finding the right angle to capture bridge photos with his trusty film camera.

Posted October 25, 2018

The Illinois Historic Bridge Survey lists this as "Abandoned N&S RR", but that's all I know.

https://historic-bridges.isas.illinois.edu/bridgelist.htm

Lowe Bridge (Illinois)
Posted October 21, 2018

The Illinois Historic Bridge Survey gives the date for this bridge as 1891, but I don't know where that came from (maybe the plaques were intact at the time of the survey?)

https://historic-bridges.isas.illinois.edu/bridgelist.htm

In some cases, it's possible to dig through the county or township records and find the original bids or contracts for a bridge. I have no idea what's available for White County, though. Old newspapers are sometimes helpful too but it doesn't look like anything is available online.

Posted October 19, 2018

I went back through my archives and found an email I received in 2005 from a worker at the Pike County road & bridge department. He asked me if there was anything that could be done about saving this bridge. At that time, he expected that the county would leave the bridge as-is until it eventually collapsed and had to be fished out of the river.

Fortunately we haven't reached that last stage yet.

Posted October 17, 2018

[I received the following news release today:]

CASHMERE – Slated for replacement in 2020, the nearly 90-year-old West Cashmere Bridge in Cashmere, Wash., is looking for a new home.

Chelan County, located in central Washington, is offering the historic portions of the bridge – its two 117-foot riveted steel Warren deck truss spans with verticals – to any governmental, non-profit or responsible private entity or business for public or private use.

While a small number of Warren through trusses remain in Washington state, the number of Warren deck trusses is rare. Warren trusses became popular in the late 1930s; so Warren trusses built before the 1930s are substantially more significant than those built later due to their rarity. In addition, this was about the era when heavy standard steel-rolled sections were being introduced into the design of the truss members. The West Cashmere Bridge, designed by notable bridge designer Maury M. Caldwell, is one of the last bridges standing that uses truss members fabricated via the “build-up” method of light-rolled steel sections with tie plates and lacings.

The trusses are available for donation until Jan. 1, 2019. The responsible party taking the bridge must agree to:

· Maintain the bridge and the features that give it its historic significance and continued eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places.

· Assume all future legal and financial responsibility for the bridge, including providing an agreement to hold Chelan County harmless in any liability action.

· Pay for the hauling away of the Warren deck truss spans, their transportation to a new location and their reassembling. The new owner will be responsible for determining the cost and preparing for and conducting the relocation of the bridge. The county will pay a maximum of $110,000 toward the cost of dismantling the steel trusses, but the new owner will bear the cost of removal from the site, transportation to a new location and reassembly.

More information about the West Cashmere Bridge, including its history and current condition, is on the project’s website at: https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/public-works/pages/west-cashmere...

If you have questions about the West Cashmere Bridge, or would like photos of the bridge, contact Jill FitzSimmons at Chelan County Public Works at jill.fitzsimmons@co.chelan.wa.us or 508-667-6415. A more detailed history of the bridge is also available at www.historylink.org.

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
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.