James Baughn

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Email: webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com

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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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View from southeast

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 

Castor Bridge (Bollinger County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Castor River on Frisco Railroad (Zalma Branch)
May 25, 2019: Added
Richardson Bridge (Bollinger County, Missouri)
Lost bridge over Castor River Diversion Channel on Frisco Railroad (Zalma Branch)
May 25, 2019: New photo
Richardson Bridge (Bollinger County, Missouri)
Lost bridge over Castor River Diversion Channel on Frisco Railroad (Zalma Branch)
May 25, 2019: Added
Grassy Creek "Bridge to Nowhere" (Buchanan County, Virginia)
Bridge over Grassy Creek and Route 610 on Future US 460/Corridor Q
May 20, 2019: Added
Grassy Road Overpass (Williamson County, Illinois)
Concrete tee beam bridge over I-57 on Grassy Road (FAS 1900/CH 25)
May 7, 2019: Added
Westminster Drive Overpass (Williamson County, Illinois)
Concrete tee beam bridge over I-57 on Westminster Drive
May 7, 2019: Added
Friendship School Road Overpass (Union County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over I-57 on Friendship School Road (TR 193)
May 7, 2019: Added
Big Creek I-57 Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Big Creek on I-57
May 7, 2019: Added
Swan Pond Road Overpass (Union County, Illinois)
Concrete tee beam bridge over I-57/US 51 on Swan Pond Road (TR 287)
May 7, 2019: Added
Big Creek Church Road Underpass (Union County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Big Creek Church Road on I-57/US 51
May 7, 2019: Added
Shake Rag Road Underpass (Union County, Illinois)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Shake Rag Road (TR 277) on I-57/US 51
May 7, 2019: Added
Prater Lane Underpass (Union County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Prater Lane on I-57/US 51
May 7, 2019: Added
C&NW - Old US 54 Bridge (Sangamon County, Illinois)
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over Old US 54/Former Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis Railway on Abandoned C&NW Rwy
May 4, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Merged duplicate pages
South Fork Newaukum River Bridge (Lewis County, Washington)
Pony truss bridge over South Fork Newaukum River on WA 508
April 21, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is being moved to private property
Sunset Park Bridge (Jefferson County, Missouri)
Stone arch bridge over Branch of Plattin Creek on Sunset Park Trail
April 16, 2019: Added
Allen Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Georgia)
Abandoned concrete tee beam bridge over Allen Creek on Old US 129/GA 11
April 7, 2019: Added
Branch Cedar Creek Railroad Bridge (Jackson County, Illinois)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Branch of Cedar Creek on former Mobile & Ohio Railroad
April 7, 2019: Added
I75 Exit 2 Interchange Bridge (S) (Hamilton County, Tennessee)
Prestressed beam bridge over I-75 Northbound to I-24 Westbound Ramp on I-75 Southbound
April 1, 2019: Added
Wabash - Cowmire Creek Bridge (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Cowmire Creek on North Missouri Railroad (later Wabash Railroad)
March 24, 2019: New photos
Henderson Bridge (Providence County, Rhode Island)
Steel stringer bridge over Seekonk River on Henderson Expressway
March 4, 2019: Added
Crystal Springs Cemetery Bridge (Berrien County, Michigan)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Ox Creek on an access road at Crystal Springs Cemetery
February 25, 2019: Added
Mill Street Bridge (Grafton County, New Hampshire)
Lost wooden bridge over Abandoned NHRR on Mill Street in Haverhill
February 18, 2019: Bridge has been replaced; added photos
South Messmer Street Bridge (Scott County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over an unnamed branch of Ramsey Creek on Messmer Street in Kelso
February 17, 2019: Added
Fern Hollow Road Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over Little Sewickley Creek on Fern Hollow Road
February 11, 2019: Added
Red Arrow Highway Bridge (Berrien County, Michigan)
Steel stringer bridge over Blue Creek on former alignment of Red Arrow Highway (?)
February 11, 2019: New photo from Greg Saurbier
Red Arrow Highway Bridge (Berrien County, Michigan)
Steel stringer bridge over Blue Creek on former alignment of Red Arrow Highway (?)
February 11, 2019: Added
Cache River Bridge (Johnson County, Illinois)
Abandoned bedstead pony truss bridge over Old Channel Cache River on the former Elvira to Pleasant Grove Road
February 10, 2019: Added photos
Rebman Lane Bridge (Johnson County, Illinois)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Branch of Happy Hollow on Rebman Lane at edge of Ferne Clyffe State Park
February 10, 2019: Added photos
New Hope Road Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Branch of Bradshaw Creek on New Hope Road (TR 276)
February 10, 2019: Added photos
Johnson Dairy Road Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Porterfield Creek on Johnson Dairy Road (TR 228)
February 10, 2019: Added photos
Hickory Bottoms Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Cypress Creek on Hickory Bottoms Trail within Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge
February 10, 2019: Added photos
Cypress Creek Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Cypress Creek on a spur of the Hickory Bottoms Trail within Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge
February 10, 2019: Added photos
Rebman Lane Bridge (Johnson County, Illinois)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Branch of Happy Hollow on Rebman Lane at edge of Ferne Clyffe State Park
February 10, 2019: Added
Branch Twelvemile Creek Old US 67 Bridge (Madison County, Missouri)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Branch Twelvemile Creek on Old US 67
February 10, 2019: Added
New Hope Road Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Branch of Bradshaw Creek on New Hope Road (TR 276)
February 10, 2019: Added
Johnson Dairy Road Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Porterfield Creek on Johnson Dairy Road (TR 228)
February 10, 2019: Added
Front Street Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Culvert over a branch of Big Creek on E. Front Street (CH 14/FAS 926)
February 10, 2019: Added
Old River Road Bridge (Pulaski County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Hess Bayou on Old River Road
February 10, 2019: Added
Mt. Pisgah Road Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Crooked Creek on Mt. Pisgah Road Bridge (TR 295)
February 10, 2019: Added
Wetaugh-Mt. Zion Road Bridge (Pulaski County, Illinois)
Abandoned bridge over Big Creek on Road between Wetaug and Mt. Zion Church
February 10, 2019: Added
Big Creek Mystery Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over Big Creek
February 10, 2019: Added
Cache River Bridge (Johnson County, Illinois)
Abandoned bedstead pony truss bridge over Old Channel Cache River on the former Elvira to Pleasant Grove Road
February 9, 2019: Updated by James Baughn: Field visit confirms this is a bedstead truss, but is in terrible condition
Parks Lane Bridge (Saline County, Illinois)
Bridge over CN Railway (former Illinois Central) on Parks Lane
February 6, 2019: Added
Bankston Fork Bridge (Williamson County, Illinois)
Bridge over Bankston Fork on Jordans Curve Road (Old IL 13)
February 6, 2019: Added
IC - Big Grand Pierre Creek Bridge (Pope County, Illinois)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Grand Pierre Creek on Illlinois Central Railroad
February 6, 2019: Added
Hickory Bottoms Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Cypress Creek on Hickory Bottoms Trail within Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge
February 5, 2019: Added
Cypress Creek Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Cypress Creek on a spur of the Hickory Bottoms Trail within Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge
February 5, 2019: Added
Cypress Creek Bridge (Union County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Cypress Creek on CR 2375E (TR 236A)
February 5, 2019: Added
Cache River Bridge (Johnson County, Illinois)
Abandoned bedstead pony truss bridge over Old Channel Cache River on the former Elvira to Pleasant Grove Road
February 4, 2019: Added
Buck Run Bridge (Johnson County, Illinois)
Bridge over Buck Run on Private lane (former Pleasant Grove to Moscow road)
February 4, 2019: Added

Recent Comments 

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.

Re: Jackson County Illinois
Posted January 15, 2019
Twin Bridges (Kentucky)
Posted January 8, 2019

Here's a twist: The 1932 bridge is actually in slightly better condition than the 1965 bridge according to the National Bridge Inventory data.

1932 bridge -- sufficiency rating 58.8:

http://bridgereports.com/1212713

1965 bridge -- sufficiency rating 49.2:

http://bridgereports.com/1212714

Posted January 3, 2019

A group is working to save this bridge in place, and is seeking donations:

https://greensmillhistoricalbridge.com/

Re: Bowstring
Posted December 26, 2018

The bowstring looks the same as the McGilvray Road bridges in Wisconsin:

http://bridgehunter.com/category/highway/mcgilvray-seven-bri...

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.