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Posted March 27, 2020, by Luke

It's at Hudson Mill, but all I've been able to find is a forum post on a Georgia outdoorsman page from 6 years ago with a phone number from someone saying he knows the area well:

Posted March 27, 2020, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Really need help here. Found this Truss Bridge and not listed. You can see it on Google Maps but cannot find any info on it.

Posted March 27, 2020, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Saw this bridge on Google Maps satellite view. Any more info would help.

Posted March 27, 2020, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Beautiful old bridge

RE: Yearly quarantine
Posted March 27, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sounds like a plan CV!

Historic bridges make for good quarantine friendly sites if you ask me!

Yearly quarantine
Posted March 27, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Making lemonade, this is a great opportunity for getting out in the wilds to seek out bridges. The leaves are not quite out, the temperatures are mild, and undocumented structures await. I've seen so many families out walking and playing this week. I propose we set aside a month each year for staying home and only going out to do activities with family. (West Sugar Creek is calling to me.)

Posted March 27, 2020, by Luke


Posted March 27, 2020, by Matt Lohry

Yeah, they were confused for sure--the Whetstone River, which goes into MN from SD, flows into the Minnesota River just west of this bridge on the MN side.

Coronavirus Reali8
Posted March 27, 2020, by Douglas Butler

Arts,bridgehunter has nothing to do with it's a good source, however the coronavirus has spread since January 28,2020 because of the nation of Israel was being divided and ever since then schools restaurants bussinesses amusement parks bars,libraries, airports of all cities including Ohio (where I'm from) are closed and citizens has to stay home because of the coronavirus. Also drawbridge operators are being effected by the virus!

Matewan film (West Virginia)
Posted March 27, 2020, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge appeared in the 1987 film "Matewan". The town of Thurmond was the filming location of this movie and the town was the stand-in for the town of Matewan.

RE: Conspiracy Theories Lies
Posted March 27, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Why is god sending the coronavirus to shut down bridgehunter?

Do you really think bridgehunter is the root of all evil and deserves the wrath of God? I do realize the Nathan feels trucks and covered bridges are evil and bridgehunter does not ban posts about trucks hurting bridges or listenings of covered bridges; but does that make bridgehunter evil? Could it be that Nathan is the god of bridges and he has been angered? Is this anger the cause of the coronavirus?

Until you brought this to my attention, I thought the coronavirus was caused by global warming, which in turn was caused by the dearth of pirates sailing the high seas.

Thank you for correcting my understanding.


Art S.

Conspiracy Theories Lie
Posted March 27, 2020, by Douglas Butler

Those of you are true Christians we are at the very end the closing of all business restaurants parks etc is not i conspiracy theories it's God's Judgement of the coronavirus!!!!

RE: Posting inane conspiracy theories
Posted March 27, 2020, by Luke


Internet Wipe Out
Posted March 27, 2020, by Douglas Butler

Since the coronavirus continues the elite will soon wipe out everything from the internet and shut down all websites, bridge hunter will be in the thing of the past I'm just letting you all know!!

RE: Detroit pedestrian bridge collapses following collision
Posted March 27, 2020, by Matt Lohry

This is a beyond weird story--the spokesman apparently didn't know for sure what hit the bridge, suggesting that the vehicle was able to leave the scene after taking out a pedestrian bridge?? What was it? A tank??

Detroit pedestrian bridge collapses following collision
Posted March 27, 2020, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)
Posted March 26, 2020, by K.J. Poole (kjpportland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ersatz junk.

Posted March 26, 2020, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Thanks John, the USGS photo captioning was way off.

Posted March 26, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


This might be the bridge you were wondering about.

Minnesota River Bridge near Whetstone, SD
Posted March 26, 2020, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Can anyone identity this bridge/location? Whetstone SD is in Gregory County,but the Minnesota River is in the northeast corner of the state.

Posted March 26, 2020, by Mike Paul (paul [dot] ktm990 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I think that is West Elkhorn Creek

Posted March 26, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The above link gives an original location for this truss bridge. Based on the other two remaining trusses, it is safe to assume that this one was probably built around 1901. I also believe that several other bridges in this area of Butte were built using secondhand material.

Posted March 26, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the confirmation on this one Art ...A real shame it didn't last longer!

Posted March 26, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The trusses are riveted and laced, the upper bracing is welded. I wonder if the 1994 rehab involved bringing in and strengthening a truss from elsewhere.

A bad day at work...
Posted March 26, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

You know you are having a bad day at work when a bascule bridge crushes your ride...

Posted March 26, 2020, by Karen Daniels

The contract for the replacement was awarded in February:

Posted March 26, 2020, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

This tour guide takes us to Connersville, Indiana, where one can find a former aqueduct, bridges from a former railroad line connecting Indianapolis and Cincinnati and information on the city's covered bridges. Includes a video from History in Your own Backyard. Enjoy:

Posted March 25, 2020, by JB

Interior members appear to be riveted box girders, and fascia appear to be riveted plate girders with single angles for lower flanges. Hard to tell if there was a single plate across the top of all members that acted as a combination top flange and deck.

Posted March 25, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Has this already been torn down, or is it still standing but closed? It's marked as lost.

Posted March 25, 2020, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)


Do you know anything about this pony truss that is right across the street from Wynnewood? There’s not even a page for it. I’ll make one now.

Posted March 25, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I concur with Mr. Holth... This is clearly not an 1884 span.

Posted March 25, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Love these Scott, thanks for sharing.

I have no doubt that the bridge was fabricated by Pan American Bridge Company out of New Castle as that is their plaque design. It was nearly identical to the Indiana Bridge Company plaque except Pan Am used the little symbol between the commissioner names and the contractor/fabricator name. I've always had a theory that a man named Eugene Runyan designed the plaques because he worked for IBCo and then left for Pan Am after it was formed in 1902. Mr. Hoffman, the contractor, used Pan Am to fabricate other bridge superstructures for him as well.

Posted March 25, 2020, by Scott Ash (sash5282 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My coworker at the highway dept. Earl Snyder saved the two plaques from this bridge then I watched over them for many years ! The county still has them but hopefully I’ll get them displayed at the museum someday !

Posted March 25, 2020, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk50 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Waterville bridge over the Maumee River in Ohio is no more. The new bridge opened the last day of January. The day I took these pictures the first two spans had the driving surface removed and span one under removal with the cutting torch. The crane shown awaits to lift it out for scrap cutting

Posted March 25, 2020, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Below is a link to a video I did on 3 of these I & CT bridges in Fayette County, Indiana.

Posted March 25, 2020, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a video I did in 2019 on 3 of these bridges in Fayette County.

Posted March 25, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Clark, that is an interesting point about the beams... my feeling (without having visited the bridge) is that the curved beams would be structural, like most curved t-beams, but what is in question is whether the interior beams are also curved, or if they are straight. I have seen both scenarios in other situations (fasica beams only curved and all beams curved).

This bridge was not looked at in the historic bridge inventory so I don't have any photos to share from that.

Posted March 25, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Very unusual to have brick paving post WW2. It looks as if they took some trouble to make this bridge visually appealing. I wonder if the arches on the beams were structural or if they were part of an aesthetic design.

Posted March 25, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

In case anyone is curious why I added this bridge, it is an early example of a curved t-beam, and also it retains an exposed brick deck as well, which is rare.

Posted March 25, 2020, by Don Morrison

I agree with Luke that a most likely location is one of the two spots where Central Avenue crosses The Ottawa River.

Variant names for Ottawa River are Tenmile Creek and Ten Mile Creek.

Posted March 24, 2020, by Bryce Cordry (bryce [dot] cordry [at] me [dot] com)

This bridge was replaced by a new bridge in summer 2019. You can find more info here.

Posted March 24, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nice find Chester! The previous bridge was definitely a Pratt through truss.

I've updated the build date based on your findings. Hopefully, you, or someone else here, will create an entry for the prior bridge to properly display your findings and images.


Art S.

Posted March 24, 2020, by Grace Wilmoth (sherriehoyer [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have an old photo I believe was taken at the old Minnith Bridge in September 1960. Can you verify?

Posted March 24, 2020, by Luke

From the description section: Construction began in 1924 and was completed and dedicated on January 15th 1927

Posted March 24, 2020, by Peter Arioli (Califtony707 [at] aol [dot] com)

Does anyone know when construction commenced on the original Dumbarton Bridge? The only information I'm able to find is just when it opened.

Posted March 24, 2020, by Luke

1952 aerial from HistoricAerials confirms it's a railbed.

Posted March 24, 2020, by Wayne Peterman (wpete616 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wondering if anyone has any information about the bridge that was replaced by the 1934 truss bridge. I believe it was a 100 yards or so up river. There are old abutments still in place on the north side of the river. Legend has it that HWY 75 went straight north out of Burlington and the road was redirected to the right for the new 1934 bridge then curved back west to line up with 75 and on north.


Wayne Peterman

Posted March 24, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It looks like at least one of these truss spans was moved to this location, and quite possibly both. There’s an identical span to the pin connected span crossing the Dearborn River in Lewis and Clark county.

Posted March 24, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Agreed Ed

Posted March 24, 2020, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Well, in light of recent events this is a historic span, or at least infamous.

Posted March 24, 2020, by Peter Bellizzi (peterbellizzi [at] optonline [dot] net)

This bridge was built in 1907 when the railroad bed was straightened out to allow longer and more powerful engines It was built for the Ford family farm

I am in the process of building a path off the rail trail across the to our parking lot

Peter Bellizzi President Hudson Valley Rail Trail

Posted March 24, 2020, by Scott Ash (sash5282 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a great location and should be saved !

Posted March 24, 2020, by Clyde R Cottrell Jr (clyderichard2 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe that this bridge actually carried the Interurban line (The Ben Hur Line) from Indianapolis to Crawfordsville. The alignment with the street in New Ross is because the rails ran down the middle of the street there

There's a nearly identical bridge just east of Jamestown for comparison.

Posted March 24, 2020, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)

Could this have been an interurban bridge? The line that went to Crawfordsville?

Posted March 24, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

No road shown here as far back as 1953, so probably relocated.

Posted March 24, 2020, by Matt Lohry

Love that old Chevy! ‘59?

Posted March 24, 2020, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have been unable to find any contemporary photographs of this bridge. Colebrook Town Records indicate that on a meeting Oct. 29,1938, it was voted "to replace or reconstruct" "the iron bridge across the West Branch of the Farmington at the center of the village of Colebrook River." On May 22, 1939 at a special meeting the estimate for the bridge was "$6,000 for superstructure and plates". It seems the original bridge was damaged or washed out in the flood of September 21, 1938. This indicates that the present bridge was built probably in 1939. While the Berlin Construction not specifically mentioned, they would have been a logical choice for a builder.

The attached photos are of the prior bridge, definitely a through truss and possibly Pratt in design. The distant photo was taken by Una Clingan Rands, a woman photographer who took many glass plate photographs in the Colebrook area. The view is from 1923. The postcard picture, from 1907, also shows the cotton mill located on the west bank slightly upstream of the bridge.

Posted March 24, 2020, by mark marchiafava (chipolacaps [at] yahoo [dot] com)

are there any known pics of the actual ferry ?

Posted March 23, 2020, by Andrew Motley (Motley48 [at] gmail [dot] com)

From December 2019

Posted March 23, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hunch: Since this would've been on the same line...possibly this was removed at the same time as the Collingwood Boulevard span? (Which would mean December 2013.)

Posted March 23, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tom, I'm thrilled you enjoyed and appreciated our efforts!

Posted March 23, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well - I was close! Actually December of '13, as it turns out (see BH 51953, which turns out to be a duplicate of this bridge; I've already sent in the request to merge).

Posted March 23, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, it turns out this is a duplicate entry for BH 27950...

Posted March 23, 2020, by Luke

I have a feeling the bridge may be across the Ottawa on Central Avenue, as the now-fixed location puts it even farther away from Toledo proper. And Tenmile flows into the Ottawa at Sylvania, NE of here, never crossing it again.

Posted March 23, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's quite overgrown by the time of the 2011 StreetView, but that's the last one that shows it's still there. 2014 - gone. The 2013 aerial seems to show it's still there.

Posted March 23, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

Melissa and Tony thanks for info on this bridge and the ones that existed before this one. Another crossing where I wondered what the previous one was. Wow, there was once a Pennsylvania truss there! I guess there have been five bridges at this location. The 1971 UCEB was also replaced in 2014. Word was it was narrow and falling apart.

Posted March 23, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

In looking at the aerials of this it just me, or does it look like this isn't there even as far back as 1963 (the farthest back it goes)?

It looks a lot more like either a culvert or some kind of UCEB even in the 1963 view.

Posted March 23, 2020, by Mark Tennant (mtennant6wv [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Interested in finding any pictures of this bridge when it was replaced in May 1863 with an all timber bridge after Confederate cavalry blew bridge into river on April 29, 1863. Timber bridge used until 1865 and I believe one of three spans remained timber until 1868 when finally replaced with another iron bridge.

Posted March 23, 2020, by Barbara Wellman (Rexeroll [at] gmail [dot] com)

The work has begun on replacement.

Posted March 23, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Location assumed, based on printing on the card, may be incorrect.

Posted March 23, 2020, by Dave Mikelson (Davem1385 [at] Comcast [dot] net)

The CN has taken the line west or Arcadia, Wisc out of service. It is not abandoned so it could be put back into service at some point in the future, but no longer sees rail traffic nor is being maintained.

Posted March 23, 2020, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Additional photos are under Broadway Bridge BH 10534

Posted March 23, 2020, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Apparently "metal arch" in Conn DOT parlance means "metal culvert", as in this case as well as others.

Posted March 23, 2020, by Matt Lohry

Rolled steel and all welded gussets definitely suggests modern span. Rehab date in the NBI is 2004; this is probably the correct date for the superstructure.

Posted March 23, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Old Historic Bridge Inventory sheet (sadly does not provide much info) attached.

First (Historic) Bridge You Photographed- BHC 10th Anniversary Special
Posted March 23, 2020, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Our next 10th anniversary special features a campaign with this question: What was the first bridge you photographed? Share us your story and photo either here or on the Chronicles' webpage. Looking forward to reading your stories. :-)

Posted March 22, 2020, by Douglas E Law (lawd1968 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted March 22, 2020, by Douglas E Law (lawd1968 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted March 22, 2020, by Douglas E Law (lawd1968 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted March 22, 2020, by Douglas Law (lawdmnm [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Posted March 22, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Per NBI a 1999 replacement.

Posted March 22, 2020, by Luke

All look like U.S. Bridge/Ohio Bridge Corp spans.

Posted March 22, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Looks like a modern replacement of the 1915 original.

Posted March 22, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Modern steel makes me think replacement rather than rehab.

Posted March 22, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thank you Clark.

Posted March 21, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If the trusses are decorative than i assume this is technically a stringer bridge.

Posted March 21, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)


Posted March 21, 2020, by Don Morrison

I've got a pony near me on a rural gravel sitting on similar makeshift substructure. I agree that it's probably relocated. I'd like to believe that when new, it sat on cylinder piers or maybe spanned across to stone abutments.

Posted March 21, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Possibly relocated?

Posted March 21, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Possibly relocated?

Posted March 21, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This looks like a typical Iowa Warren pony, suggesting that it was relocated rather than built in 1981.

Posted March 21, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one looks old, probably constructed before 1885. Sad to see it so overgrown and in such tough shape.

Posted March 21, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes... But closer than a lot of stuff that finds it's way on here

Posted March 21, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Both the northbound and the southbound bridges are planned for replacement, correct? Which means, the plan is probably to replace the couplet with one large single multi-lane bridge, not unlike what was done at the US 10/M-47 interchange. (Granted that was MDOT and this would not be, but still.)

Posted March 21, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

RE: Historic? -

...I would give that a "no".

A nice aticle about James Baughn and this site:
Posted March 21, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Architect of Information: Local webmaster creates largest historic bridge database in U.S.

By Mia Pohlman ~ Photos by Jacob Wiegand

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

James Baughn, founder of, poses for a portrait Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at a bridge near Gale, Illinois.

Jacob Wiegand ~ Southeast Missourian

Order this photo

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Missouri was a hotbed for engineering talent. The reason? The presence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, which presented massive challenges to bridge builders. Engineers from all over the world came to Missouri to try to get contracts to design and build bridges that would allow a safe crossing.

Take, for instance, the Leeper Bridge in Wayne County, Missouri, which was built by List & Clark Construction Company over the Black River northwest of Leeper, Missouri, in 1933. At 988 feet in length, the bridge is among the longest of the bridges constructed during its era, with eight steel girder approach spans, two 120-foot Pratt through trusses and two 180-foot Parker through trusses. Its length and use of both Pratt and Parker trusses in the design, as well as the degree of the bridge's physical integrity, makes the bridge eligible for the National Register of Historic Places for local significance in engineering.

This information, along with photos of the bridge, is preserved on, the largest collection of historic bridges online in the world. It's a website designed and maintained by Cape Girardeau's very own James Baughn, webmaster at Rust Communications and historic preservation enthusiast in the Southeast Missouri community. On the website, users upload photos of historic bridges and information about them, including when it was built, which company built it and if it was a local or national company that constructed it. Using the National Bridge Inventory maintained by the Federal Highway Administration, they can also find the length, height and location of each bridge. Baughn notes that his friend's website,, also includes a vast collection of historic bridge photos and information that goes into more detail than what can be found on, although it does not include as many bridges since it does not cover as wide of a geographical area as Baughn's website.

Thus, Baughn is an architect of different sorts. He also designed and built the Southeast Missourian website, which functions as a user-friendly database containing all the stories printed in the newspaper each day. Additionally, he builds and maintains websites for rustmedia clients, as well as the newspaper websites of Rust Communications' 31 affiliates, where the staff members of each newspaper upload their photos and stories. In essence, he is an architect and historic preservationist of information, building technological structures to transport and preserve details, the day-to-day stories and photos of our communities.

Baughn says he has been interested in bridges since he was a child, but began to take the interest more seriously when he discovered an old iron bridge downstream from Wappapello Dam while driving near his parents' house.

"It was a bridge that creaked and groaned as you drove across and had the wooden plank floor and everything. I thought, 'Well, that's interesting that that's still carrying traffic even today,' and so I started looking around and discovered there were more like that, but then I also discovered they were being demolished," Baughn recalls. "So some of the ones that I looked at initially, I'd go back the next year and they'd be gone, so I thought, 'Someone needs to go out and get photos of these before they're replaced.'"

That's when he decided to create, with the knowledge he gained from studying computer science at Southeast Missouri State University, where he graduated from in 2002. It was a field he'd been interested in since he received his first computer as a child, and although he also considered studying civil engineering, he ultimately decided on computer programming because of the job outlook. Directly out of college, he was hired as the webmaster of Rust Communications. Baughn is also on the board at Missouri Preservation, a state organization that advocates for preserving historic architecture and landmarks in Missouri. Additionally, he's on the Cape Girardeau County Historical Society board and is an avid photographer of bridges and nature throughout the region. He writes a blog called "Pavement Ends" about the region's history, which is featured on the Southeast Missourian website. To write this blog, he often goes traveling and hiking throughout the region and also looks at bridges while on these ventures.

It's a career and passion that each lend insight into the other; as with getting a design for a bridge correct, Baughn says that after designing a structurally solid database for a website, everything else "falls into place." It's the basics Baughn sticks to when designing. He's designed to be as user-friendly as possible, ensuring everything is accessible in three clicks, through the hierarchy of categorizing bridges by state and county. He says it's all about keeping things simple, utilizing proven older technology that will continue to "be around for a while" and "not trying to do the latest, the greatest." As with a well-designed bridge, he says for him web designing is all about planning ahead of time to build something that won't require a lot of changes and will continue to be functional in the future.

The strategy is working: since its inception in 2004 with only a few photos posted by Baughn on the site, it has grown to include more than 70,000 bridges. There are also several hundred editors of the site from all across the U.S. who now upload photos and information, with many more users posting photos and information in forums on the site. Baughn's discovery of the Federal Highway Administration's list of every bridge in the country and their locations also helped streamline the process: instead of driving around hoping to randomly come to a historic bridge, he could purposefully go to them in order to document them.

The highway department, too, has benefitted from collaboration with Baughn, through reaching out for his expertise in determining which bridges to replace and which are eligible to be included on the National Register of Historic Places. Baughn has worked with them to develop the statewide bridge Section 106 Programmatic Agreements and has been a consulting party on two of these agreements, providing knowledge about what is atypical and common about bridge types. He also lends knowledge about Missouri and the significance of historical contexts such as the Little River Drainage District and the Centennial Road Law.

"The website has been very useful to MoDOT historic preservation in a number of ways: the photographic inventory of the bridges is wonderful, allowing us to get a national perspective on bridge types -- a specific example would be types of and just how common were post-World War II rigid-frame bridges -- and it provides one way for us to make historic bridges available for reuse by other parties," says Karen Daniels, senior historic preservation specialist with the Missouri Department of Transportation. "One photograph from the website was even used in the Route 66-themed rest area on I-44, with the permission of and credit given to the photographer."

These unforeseen benefits of the website make the project even more worth it for Baughn. Although he says the design and the way a website looks is less important than the structure behind it, he is working to make, which he describes as "fairly old-fashioned," to be more mobile-friendly. He also plans to expand the site to include international bridges, as well.

"Since a lot of these bridges are being replaced, it's kind of inevitable [that they will no longer exist]. We can kind of advocate to save some of them, but for the rest of them, the best we can hope for is what we call 'preserving on paper,' where at least we're taking photos and getting measurements and at least having a record of it before it's gone," Baughn says. "There's so many bridges that have been replaced earlier in the '70s and '80s that there's just not much record of anymore. Somebody might stumble across an old photo of it or something, but it would be better to have a more detailed record. So the main goal [of the website] is to have a record of these things."

It's also to encourage developers to reimagine what historic bridges could be. One link on the website directs users to a page titled "Available for Reuse," which lists historic bridges across America that are scheduled to be demolished and replaced by new bridges. If using federal money to replace an old bridge, a reasonable effort has to be made to find a home for the bridge by law; thus, the historic bridges are available to third parties, free for the taking. There is also a forum in which users can post questions about how to relocate and restore old bridges; some have been repurposed for walking/biking trails, as multi-floor apartments and as walking bridges between buildings. Bridges can be acquired by contacting the owner agency, which is listed on the website.

There are currently 10 bridges available for reuse in Missouri, including the Lick Log Creek Bridge in Bollinger County, the Leeper Bridge in Wayne County and the Pine Street Bridge in Butler County, to name a few. Baughn says the Pine Street Bridge is one of only two like it left in the state.

Baughn cites Green's Mill Bridge in Camden County, Missouri, as one success story in which a new bridge was built next to the old one to save the historic bridge that is only one of four like it left in the country. Closer to home, the Old Appleton bridge in northern Cape Girardeau County is Baughn's personal favorite historic bridge because it's the oldest in the area -- it was built in 1879 -- and made of wrought-iron, complete with an original name plaque that was recovered from Apple Creek below it after the bridge was destroyed in a flash flood in 1982. In fact, the whole bridge was rebuilt in 2005 by fishing pieces out of the creek and putting it back together.

More recently, the owner of Bass Pro Shops, Johnny Morris, has paid to disassemble the Riverside Bridge in Ozark, Missouri, with plans to utilize it 1.3 miles to the south of the bridge's original location, according to stories in the Springfield News-Leader and Christian County Headliner News. The company plans to use it in a project called Finley Farms, a 55-acre working farm and communal gathering space endeavor. The project converts a 1930s Missouri Department of Transportation maintenance garage into a workshop that acts as a coffee shop and space for seminars and classes. It also includes a restaurant for riverfront dining in the Ozark Mill, built in 1833, as well as a chapel for weddings and other events. The Riverside Bridge will be reassembled to provide pedestrian access from the city's trail system, with the project being managed by Johnny Morris' daughter, Megan Stack.

Kris Dyer, whose family has resided in Ozark for generations, spearheaded The Save Riverside Bridge Initiative when she read in the local newspaper that the bridge would be demolished. Thousands of people supported the Facebook page, and through much work and perseverance, the bridge was saved.

"I just felt an injustice to what was happening and wanted to do what I could to try and save the bridge," Dyer says of why she got involved. "I knew nothing about how to save a historic structure, so I immediately started researching. I contacted Bill Hart with Missouri Preservation, James Baughn with Bridgehunter, Nathan Holth with, Kitty Henderson with the, Todd Wilson with Bridge Mapper and Jason Smith with Bridgehunter Chronicles. They quickly teamed up with me to give me advice and counsel, and I was determined to do what they told me."

Baughn's role in helping this bridge be repurposed rather than demolished was this: in 2011, it was his idea to host the Historic Bridge Weekend in Missouri, starting in St. Louis and ending in Ozark so Dyer could host a fundraising dinner in conjunction with the conference to save the bridge. Baughn says historic bridge enthusiasts from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Alabama and Germany, as well as many locals, were in attendance, which softened the local officials' stance on saving the bridge, deciding to repair it instead of replace it. The bridge reopened for public use in 2013 but was destroyed by a flash flood in 2015 that closed it again, allowing Morris and Stack to come along to repurpose the bridge. This reimagining of what a historic bridge could be is something Baughn hopes will be replicated across the state and country with old bridges that are up for demolition.

"I think there's probably a market for finding new homes for them and doing stuff with them. It's expensive, but then building a new bridge from scratch is also expensive," Baughn says of preserving and repurposing historic bridges. "This is our direct connection to the past, more so than some of the historic sites which have changed and been reused. So the bridges, you can still walk or drive across just like they did back then. So that's the kind of experience that when they replace it with a modern concrete bridge, you don't get that anymore. And then there's also engineering techniques they had back then that we don't have -- craftsmanship. There's a lot of iron bridges that were made kind of by hand; they would hand-forge the pieces and stuff. We certainly don't do that anymore."

It's craftsmanship that won't soon be forgotten, however. At least, not as long as Baughn and the users of have anything to do about it.

Want to contribute to the preservation of historic bridges?

Here's what you can do:

Find a new home and/or new purpose for a historic bridge. The bridges that are set to be demolished are free for the taking if you move them from their location.

In other places, historic bridges have been and are being repurposed in creative ways, including as part of a bar called the Full Throttle Saloon in South Dakota, as a hub for restaurants and cafes known as the Rock Island Bridge Project in Kansas City and as an entrance to the Quaking Creek Ranch subdivision in Silverthorne, Colorado. The possibilities to rethink and save these pieces of history are limitless.

If you have photos, information or stories about historic bridges, post them in the forum on Or, if you would like to regularly contribute to the site, sign up for an editor's account, which gives you access to uploading photos and information directly to the website.

Check out James Baughn's companion website to, called, which preserves the history of natural bridges, natural sites and historic sites such as water towers. You can also contribute to this site by uploading photos and sharing information in the forum or, if you plan to be more active on the site, as an editor who uploads photos and information directly to the website.

Need a bridge?

These Missouri historic bridges are available free for the taking, to whoever moves them from their current location. For more information, visit

Eagle's Nest Bridge (Pike County, Missouri)

East Fork Big Creek CR 687 Bridge (Harrison County, Missouri)

Halltown Bridge (Lawrence County, Missouri; part of the Old Route 66)

Leeper Bridge (Wayne County, Missouri)

Lick Log Creek Bridge (Bollinger County, Missouri)

Menefee Ford Bridge (Ralls County, Missouri)

Moscow Mills Bridge (Lincoln County, Missouri)

Niangua River Old US 66 Bridge (Webster County, Missouri; part of the Old Route 66)

Pine Street Bridge (Butler County, Missouri)

US-40 Salt Creek Bridge (Howard County, Missouri)

Posted March 21, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Apparently one of the kingpost trusses fell off:

NORMAL — Virginia Avenue near the Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal is closed after a bridge truss fell from the historic Camelback Bridge Friday morning.

There were no injuries reported and it appeared a wooden piece fell from the bridge to the asphalt below. Virginia Avenue is closed between South Linden Street and Hillcrest Street.

Constitution Trail users should go around the bridge entirely until the bridge is deemed safe and the trail is reopened, fire department officials said.

The section of the bridge truss that collapsed is part of the original 1880s bridge structure that was salvaged when the bridge was rehabilitated in 2000. The structural integrity of the bridge does not appear to be affected, but it will remain closed until engineers perform an evaluation, officials added.

The bridge is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

In 1906, a timber and metal bridge along what was then Sill Street, was built by the Illinois Central Railroad during a fast-paced expansion. It’s humped shape allowed steam engines to glide beneath without disrupting the barely two-car width traffic above.

It’s known as a camelback bridge, but it is actually a king post pony truss bridge and remains as the only one in operation in Illinois. The style refers to the timber triangle that holds the bridge's weight. Also conspicuous are supporting wrought iron columns from the Phoenix Iron Co., dating to the 1860s and likely recycled from another structure. It’s one of two bridges in the Land of Lincoln with such supports, also found on the Washington Monument.

"There are these king trusses on the side and they are the triangular pieces on both sides," said Normal Public Works Director Wayne Aldrich. "The old king trusses were left on the bridge as an historical remnant. The north trusses rotted away and some motion or wind or something caused that truss to fall along with a cross member that connects it to the truss on the south side."

It's not a structural issue, but could be a safety issue, he said.

"We will have a structural engineer check everything out and clear everything away to make it safe for both the trail and Virginia Avenue," he said. "I would anticipate we would be able to open it up next week after we get an all-clear."

A town survey once described the bridge as a “reference point and cultural center of gravity” that was “woven into the very sensibilities of the community.”

Normal bought the bridge and some right-of-way from the Illinois Central Gulf railroad for $89,000 in 1986. After that, there were years of squabbles over whether the structure — which now canopies the Constitution Trail — should be moved, saved or demolished. Supporters nominated it for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, and its acceptance in 1997 helped assure it would stay just where it was, a working reminder of a slower time.

Posted March 21, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

RE: Breaking News: Indiana bridge collapses due to flooding; six confirmed dead

Although I don't believe the bridge was historic, I created an entry for it. RIP to those lost in the tragedy.

Breaking News: Indiana bridge collapses due to flooding; six confirmed dead
Posted March 21, 2020, by Anonymous
Posted March 21, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks for clearing that up,Nathan.Just thought it was worth mentioning.

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