John Bernhisel

About Me 

Email: Johnmbernhisel [at] gmail [dot] com

Bridges are the perfect blend of history, engineering and geography. They connect much more that two sides of a river. They connect time and place.

I love to hike into on an abandoned bridge someplace and envision the celebration and anticipation of the ribbon cutting and the people.

To me bridges have souls. They have a story to tell.

Favorite Photos 

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MW&S - Washoe Mine Spur Bridge (Carbon County, Montana)

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Sunlight Creek Bridge (Park County, Wyoming)

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Natural Pier Bridge (Mineral County, Montana)

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Shoshoni

BNSF - Shoshone River Bridge (Big Horn County, Wyoming)

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Lost Cour d'Alene River Bridge (Kootenai County, Idaho)

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Big Island Bridge (Sweetwater County, Wyoming)

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Looking west across bridge

Whitehorse Trail - Boulder River Bridge (Snohomish County, Washington)

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South Fork Shoshone River Bridge (Park County, Wyoming)

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Lewis Street Bridge (Snohomish County, Washington)

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Deception Pass Bridge (Island County, Washington)

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Broadway Bridge

Broadway Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Taken from the Northeast side of the Willamette River about 5:00 AM on a run.

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Pudding Creek Bridge in the Fog

Pudding Creek Bridge (Mendocino County, California)
Taken from the bluffs, west and south of the bridge.

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Toston Bridge (Broadwater County, Montana)

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Recent Updates 

Ryegate Bridge (Golden Valley County, Montana)
Through truss bridge over Musselshell River on Buffalo Trail (CR 217)
February 26, 2021: New photos
Little Rock Creek Railroad Trestle (Fergus County, Montana)
Bridge on Railroad
February 25, 2021: New photo
Little Rock Creek Railroad Trestle (Fergus County, Montana)
Bridge on Railroad
February 25, 2021: Added
CM - Indian Creek Trestle (Fergus County, Montana)
Massive steel trestle over Indian Creek on Central Montana Railway
February 25, 2021: New photos
CM - Spring Creek Trestle (Fergus County, Montana)
Massive wooden trestle with steel sections over Big Spring Creek on Central Montana Railway
February 25, 2021: New photos
Brassey Street Bridge (Fergus County, Montana)
Concrete slab bridge over Big Spring Creek on Brassey Street
February 21, 2021: Added
South Fork Shoshone River Bridge (Park County, Wyoming)
Pratt through truss bridge over South Fork Shoshone River on CR 6
September 26, 2020: New photos
CWRR - Yakima River Bridge (Gibbon) (Benton County, Washington)
Deck plate girder bridge over Yakima River on Central Washington Railroad
September 9, 2020: New photo
Bighorn River Bridge (Yellowstone County, Montana)
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Bighorn River on Frontage Road 104
September 5, 2020: New photos
BNSF - Little Missouri River (Slope County, North Dakota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Little Missouri River on Railroad
September 5, 2020: New photos
West Ninemile Road Bridge (Missoula County, Montana)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Nine Mile Creek on Frontage Road 008
August 9, 2020: New photo
MILW - Ninemile-Soudan Viaduct (Missoula County, Montana)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Ninemile Creek & Former US 10 on Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad
August 9, 2020: New photos
TMRW - Deschutes Waterway Bridge (Thurston County, Washington)
Pony plate girder vertical lift bridge w/ removed mechanism over Deschutes Waterway on Tacoma Rail
August 8, 2020: New photos
Sultan River Bridge (Snohomish County, Washington)
Through truss bridge over Sultan River on US 2 in Sultan
August 6, 2020: New photos
Sage Creek Railroad Bridge (Big Horn County, Wyoming)
Bridge over Sage Creek on BBSF Railroad Bridge
August 6, 2020: New photo
Lewis Street Bridge (Snohomish County, Washington)
Through truss bridge over Skykomish River on WA 203 in Monroe
August 6, 2020: New photos
BNSF - Sultan River Bridge (Snohomish County, Washington)
Warren through truss bridge over Sultan River on BNSF Railroad
August 6, 2020: New photos
MRL - Missouri River Bridge (Broadwater County, Montana)
Warren through truss bridge over Missouri River on Montana RailLink
August 4, 2020: New photo
Toston Bridge (Broadwater County, Montana)
Through truss bridge over Missouri River on CR 415 (Old US 287) at Toston
August 4, 2020: New photos
Rock Creek Bridge (Carbon County, Montana)
Timber stringer bridge over Rock Creek on 2-Lane Road
July 13, 2020: New photos
Rock Creek Bridge (Carbon County, Montana)
Timber stringer bridge over Rock Creek on 2-Lane Road
July 13, 2020: Added
MW&S - Washoe Mine Spur Bridge (Carbon County, Montana)
Abandoned bridge over Bear Creek Gulch on Mining cars
July 13, 2020: New photos
MW&S - Washoe Mine Spur Bridge (Carbon County, Montana)
Abandoned bridge over Bear Creek Gulch on Mining cars
July 13, 2020: Added
Sunlight Creek Bridge (Park County, Wyoming)
Steel stringer bridge over Sunlight Creek on Wyo 296
July 13, 2020: New photos
Sunlight Creek Bridge (Park County, Wyoming)
Steel stringer bridge over Sunlight Creek on Wyo 296
July 13, 2020: Added
Willwood Dam Bridge (Park County, Wyoming)
Pony truss bridge over Shoshoni River on LN 14
July 11, 2020: New photos
Clarks Fork Bridge (Carbon County, Montana)
Through truss bridge over Clarks Fork on CR 128
March 28, 2020: New photos
BNSF - Buck Creek Trestle (Park County, Wyoming)
Timber stringer bridge over Buck Creeek on BNSF Railroad
February 23, 2020: New photos
BNSF - Shoshone River Bridge (Big Horn County, Wyoming)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Shoshone River on BNSF Railway
February 2, 2020: New photo
BNSF - Salmon Bay Bridge No. 4 (King County, Washington)
Warren through truss bascule bridge over Salmon Bay on BNSF Railroad ( 2 tracks)
November 17, 2019: New photo
Sage Creek Railroad Bridge (Big Horn County, Wyoming)
Bridge over Sage Creek on BBSF Railroad Bridge
November 10, 2019: New photos
Deception Pass Bridge (Island County, Washington)
Deck truss bridge over Deception Pass on WA 20
September 2, 2019: New photo
Canoe Pass Bridge (Skagit County, Washington)
Steel arch bridge over Canoe Pass on WA 20
September 2, 2019: New photo
UP - Dale Creek Crossing (Original) (Albany County, Wyoming)
Lost Bridge over Dale Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
September 2, 2019: New photo
Lost Umatilla Railroad Bridge (Umatilla County, Oregon)
Lost Bridge over River
September 2, 2019: New photos
Lost Umatilla Railroad Bridge (Umatilla County, Oregon)
Lost Bridge over River
September 2, 2019: Added
Lost Cour d'Alene River Bridge (Kootenai County, Idaho)
Lost Bridge over Cour d'Alene River
August 8, 2019: New photos
Lost Cour d'Alene River Bridge (Kootenai County, Idaho)
Lost Bridge over Cour d'Alene River
August 8, 2019: Added
Trail of the Coeur D' Alenes - Coeur d'Alene River Bridge (Cataldo) (Kootenai County, Idaho)
10-panel Pratt through truss bridge over Coeur d'Alene River on Trail of the Coeur D' Alenes/formerly Union Pacific Railroad Bridge
August 6, 2019: New photos
Cataldo Bridge (Kootenai County, Idaho)
Through truss bridge over Coeur d'Alene River on E. Canyon Road
August 6, 2019: New photos
Old Town Bridge #2 (Gallatin County, Montana)
Through truss bridge over Jefferson River on CR 201
June 19, 2019: New photos
Old Town Bridge #3 (Gallatin County, Montana)
Through truss bridge over Jefferson River on CR 419
June 19, 2019: New photos
BNSF - Hewitt Avenue Overpass (Snohomish County, Washington)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Hewitt Avenue on BNSF Railway
June 18, 2019: New photos
Black Bridge (Missoula County, Montana)
Reconstructed Parker through truss bridge over Clark Fork River on a pedestrian trail (old alignment of US 12)
June 17, 2019: New photos
BN - Phillipsburg Branch Clark Fork Bridge (Granite County, Montana)
Through truss bridge over Clark Fork on BN/NP Phillipsburg Branch
June 17, 2019: New photos
Old River Road Bridge (Shoshone County, Idaho)
Through truss bridge over North Fork Coeur d'Alene River on Old River Road
June 15, 2019: New photos
Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail - Beverly Bridge (Grant County, Washington)
Abandoned through and deck truss bridge over Columbia River on the former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Iron Horse Trail) in Beverly
June 15, 2019: New photos
North Platte River Bridge (Carbon County, Wyoming)
Through truss bridge over North Platte River on I-80 North Service Road (old US 30) at Milepost 229.03
May 26, 2019: New photos
UP - Fort Steele Bridge (Carbon County, Wyoming)
Deck plate girder bridge over North Platte River on Union Pacific Railroad
May 26, 2019: New photos
Thermopolis Swinging Bridge (Hot Springs County, Wyoming)
Suspension bridge over Big Horn River on pedestrians trail
May 3, 2019: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted February 25, 2021

The trestle is a railroad bridge 78 feet high and 1,391 feet long constructed entirely of milled timber. The only exception are the two rectangular steel firebreak bents which divide the bridge into approximate thirds.

Posted July 16, 2020

Luke, thanks for the details!! Iím curious if you know more about the history of the bridges in Chance, MT?

Posted August 9, 2019
Posted March 26, 2019

I went and saw this bridge in March 2019. The road off the highway was pretty muddy so I parked my car and walked the 1.5 miles to the bridge. It was well worth it. Beautiful setting. Unfortunately there is a huge power line just north that made it hard to take pictures. Deck is bad, I walked across but wouldnít recommend it. The Green River was shallow here, maybe 2 feet deep, but Iím sure it floods way out in this spot.

Posted August 3, 2018