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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View from southeast

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 

SP - Cibolo Canyon Bridge (Kendall County, Texas)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Cibolo Creek on Railroad
October 17, 2020: Added
Kneibert Spring Bridge (Wayne County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Kneibert Spring on Walkway
September 20, 2020: Added
Logan Creek Bridge (Wayne County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Logan Creek on MO 143
September 20, 2020: Added
Pleasant Valley Creek Bridge (Wayne County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Pleasant Valley Creek on Route A
September 20, 2020: Added
Star Lake Channel Bridge (Otter Tail County, Minnesota)
Lost timber bridge over Star Lake Channel on CSAH 41
September 8, 2020: Added
Griffin Park Bridge (Sharp County, Arkansas)
Slab bridge over South Fork Spring River on Griffin Road
September 3, 2020: Added
Alton Road Bridge (Oregon County, Missouri)
Bridge over Twomile Creek on Alton Road
September 3, 2020: Added
Long Run Hollow Bridge (Fulton County, Arkansas)
Abandoned bridge over Long Run Hollow
September 3, 2020: Added
Principio Creek Bridge (Cecil County, Maryland)
Stone arch bridge over Principio Creek on Amtrak
August 30, 2020: Added
Jaquith Brook Bridge (Cheshire County, New Hampshire)
Relocated pony truss bridge over Jaquith Brook on Jaquith Rail Trail
August 30, 2020: Added
Branch of Tavern Creek Bridge (Pulaski County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over a branch of Tavern Creek on Former Route U (?)
August 4, 2020: Added
Old Tuscumbia Road Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Saline Creek on Old Tuscumbia Road
August 4, 2020: Added
Shaw Road Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Blythes Creek on Shaw Road
August 4, 2020: Added
Elk Creek Bridge (Texas County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Elk Creek on Route H
August 1, 2020: Added
Rock Creek Bridge (Texas County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Rock Creek on MO 32
August 1, 2020: Added
Indian Creek Bridge (Texas County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Indian Creek on Millstone Road (Old US 63)
August 1, 2020: Added
Warm Fork Bridge (Oregon County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Warm Fork Spring River on Route M
August 1, 2020: Added
Piney Creek US 160 Bridge (Oregon County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Piney Creek on US 160
August 1, 2020: Added
Culp Branch Bridge (Oregon County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over Culp Branch on US 160
August 1, 2020: Added
Cox Creek Bridge (Oregon County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over Cox Creek on US 160
August 1, 2020: Added
Milton Bridge (Dearborn County, Indiana)
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Laughery Creek on IN 262
July 31, 2020: Added
Eighteen Mile Creek Bridge (Erie County, New York)
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Eighteen Mile Creek on NY 5
July 31, 2020: Added photos from Neil Ferguson
Big Creek Bridge (Hamilton County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Big Creek on CR 1725N (TR 107)
July 17, 2020: Added
Lake Jaycee Dam Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Casey Fork on E. Jaycee Lake Road (TR 185)
July 17, 2020: Added
Rayse Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Rayse Creek on CR 900N (TR 373)
July 17, 2020: Added
Cherryville Lane Bridge (Jefferson County, Illinois)
Timber stringer bridge over Tributary of Big Muddy River on Cherryville Lane (TR 188)
July 17, 2020: Added
Grassy Creek Bridge (Williamson County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Grassy Creek on Former access road
July 6, 2020: Added
Brushy Creek Bridge (Reynolds County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Brushy Creek on CR 838
July 5, 2020: Added
Locust Grove Church Bridge (Reynolds County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Brushy Creek on CR 840
July 5, 2020: Added
Obion Creek KY 339 Bridge (Graves County, Kentucky)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Obion Creek on KY 339
July 5, 2020: Added
First Principal Meridian Road Underpass (Defiance County, Ohio)
Steel stringer bridge over First Principal Meridian Road/Ohio Indiana State Line Road on CSX Railroad
July 4, 2020: Added
261 Street Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Adams Branch on W. 261 Street
July 4, 2020: Added
175 Street Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Branch of Crawford Creek on 175 Street
July 4, 2020: Added
West Line Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Poney Creek on Main Street
July 4, 2020: Added
Staley Mound Road Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Branch of Big Creek on Staley Mound Road
July 4, 2020: Added
233 Street Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Massey Creek on 233 Street
July 4, 2020: Added
Purvis Road Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Big Creek on Purvis Road
July 4, 2020: Added
McCoy Road Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Black Creek on McCoy Road
July 4, 2020: Added
Camp Branch Road Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Camp Creek on Camp Branch Road
July 4, 2020: Added
Raffurty Road Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Pony truss bridge over Camp Creek on Raffurty Road
July 4, 2020: Added
Prospect Avenue Bridge (Cass County, Missouri)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Branch of Massey Creek on Prospect Avenue
July 4, 2020: Added
Lake Creek Bridge (Alexander County, Illinois)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Lake Creek on Old road
July 3, 2020: Added photos
Baltimore Church Road Bridge (Hickman County, Kentucky)
Wooden bridge over the Canadian National Railway on Baltimore Church Road
July 3, 2020: Added photos
Mantachie Canal MS 178 Bridge (Itawamba County, Mississippi)
Through truss bridge over Mantachie Canal on MS 178
July 3, 2020: Added photos
Ma & Pa - Muddy Creek Bridge (York County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Muddy Creek on Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad
June 10, 2020: Bridge is posted against trespassing
Hayden Cemetery Lane Bridge (Muhlenberg County, Kentucky)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Plum Creek on Hayden Cemetery Lane (CR 1005)
May 24, 2020: Added
Perry County Road 854 Bridge 2 (Perry County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Branch of South Fork Saline Creek on CR 854
May 24, 2020: Added
CR 854 Low Water Bridge (Perry County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over South Fork Saline Creek on CR 854
May 24, 2020: Added
US 62 Overpass (Hopkins County, Kentucky)
Concrete tee beam bridge over CSX Railroad on US 62
May 24, 2020: Added
Weirs Creek Bridge (Hopkins County, Kentucky)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Weirs Creek on KY 109
May 24, 2020: Added

Recent Comments 

We're back in business
Posted November 11, 2020

So my web host decided to do a server upgrade which ended up breaking everything.

We should be back in business now. Let me know if any pages still generate an Internal Server Error or a blank page.

Meanwhile, I've been dealing with extreme back pain this last week, which I guess is an occupational hazard of bridge hunting.

You know what it's like to have an MRI taken following three nights of not getting any sleep? Yeah, it's not pleasant.

Posted August 4, 2020

This one reminds me of this bridge in Caldwell County, MO:

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/caldwell/john-deere/

Posted July 18, 2020

Stirring the pot some more...

According to the HAER poster of truss types, this is a "Camelback with subdivided panels". It's defined as "a Pennsylvania truss with a polygonal top chord of exactly five slopes." It's shown separately from the regular Pennsylvania truss.

I've never noticed that distinction before:

https://www.nps.gov/hdp/samples/HAER/truss.htm

Re: Unidentified Bridge
Posted May 25, 2020

Looks like the old bridge at Clinton, Iowa:

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/clinton/bh39934/

Detroit pedestrian bridge collapses following collision
Posted March 27, 2020
Merry Christmas
Posted December 25, 2019

...and a Happy New Decade!

If you, like me, have extra free time over the Christmas break, here's an idea for a diversion: looking for interesting bridges around the globe. Fire up Google Earth, Google Maps, or your favorite mapping tool, and pick a random spot on the Earth and see how long it takes to spot something. (This works best in regions with Street View imagery.)

The first time I tried this, I blindly dropped a pin over Colombia in South America and came up with a very nice riveted pony truss at coordinates 10.481888, -74.337068.

When you find something, make a note of it for the future or share it on the forum. Eventually I intend to expand Bridgehunter.com to allow international coverage, although there's a lot of programming to do first.

Here are some other nifty finds that I've made:

Whipple truss in Brazil with what appear to be Keystone columns: -18.304229, -44.231915

Suspension bridge, lattice truss, or both? in Chile: -38.974897, -72.634580

Small cantilever truss with wooden deck in Czechia/Czech Republic: 49.044118, 17.410580

Is this a concrete bowstring truss? in France: 43.571857, 1.437634

Collection of abandoned truss spans in Greece: 40.696790, 22.690712

Arched concrete girder in Italy: 40.738024, 14.488662

Eyebar suspension bridge in Japan: 35.68242422, 139.79188212

Large through truss in Mexico which has been bypassed but is still driveable: 25.7185438, -99.2588408

Looks like a Baltimore truss in New Zealand: -44.730791, 169.281746

Stone arch "Y" bridge in Portugal: 40.30673900,-7.87119800

Large suspension bridge on the island of Reunion: -21.1242624, 55.747621

Fishbelly truss in Romania: 45.221757, 22.299007

Six-span pin-connected truss bridge in South Africa: -29.71265700, 26.98604600

Inverted open-spandrel arch? in Switzerland: 46.693164, 9.440590

"World's only swing aqueduct" in the U.K.: 53.4745441,-2.3542137

Posted November 22, 2019

Still standing as of August 11, 2019

Re: France Bridge Collapse
Posted November 19, 2019

The coordinates for the bridge that collapsed are 43.8118641,1.5712534 -- or you can use this link to see it on Google Maps:

https://goo.gl/maps/zU17CXaEra5oYhHHA

I just spent some quality time studying the Street View imagery of other bridges in that part of France. I'm a little jealous of the large collection of suspension, masonry arch, and lattice truss bridges over there.

Here's a link for one peculiar suspension/cable-stayed hybrid that I haven't been able to quite wrap my head around:

https://goo.gl/maps/KHGZYGmPyL3TvvAz5

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