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Bridge has been replaced. First link is before the bridge was removed, second is the new bridge that replaced it.
SHerman has taken some nice photos of the bridge
Bummer..this appears to have been a railroad span recycled for road use. There arenít many of these left in Michigan..
Rather unusual verticals on this one!
Albert D. Briggs started the A.D.Briggs and Company around c.1868. He was also a mayor of Springfield. They built many Truesdell Patent Truss Bridges until they went out of favor. Briggs died in 1881. Source: Victor Darnells' "American Bridge-Building Companies. Hope this helps.
This Bridge was replaced, rather quickly. The replacement bridge was demolished in the late 1970s by Conrail.
Does anyone know the name of the owner of the A.D. Briggs company. They built many railroad bridges in MA and CT. Was A.D. the owner? If so, does anyone know what the A and D stand for? Thank you, Barry
I'll have to fix that mistake. Was following the canal and got lost on the locations. But it is a good photo for the bridge and does document it with some existence.
I think the newspaper photo you uploaded might be https://bridgehunter.com/oh/auglaize/634484/.
Another great find, by the way! Several of the old canal bridges between Delphos and St. Mary's have modern Warren ponies that took the place of the old trusses. Which are nice and make following the old canal interesting, but.....the old ones would have still been neater!
We explored Upham Creek in bare feet for years through the '60s and 70s. Later on bicycles. We caught lots of crawfish along the way. Today it would be a terrific bike trail still.
Old St. Joe Lead train track. Leadwood to Bonne Terre.
That would be a big disappointment to see this remarkable bridge relocated to a far away place near Indianapolis. Its historic importance is amplified by its unique location, in two states and three counties, which should be recognized in the Section 106 proceedings. Lake County should live up to is previous agreement to rehab this bridge in place. I fear that all this bickering over rehab or move could eventually doom this bridge.
Glad to hear that worked!
The Startex/Tuapau Presenvation Foundation is in the early process of updating the bridge we need a knowledgeable help to survey the sturcture, and any donations toward the cause.
I would agree, and have corrected the page.
Section 106 Mitigation for this bridge has been reopened. The bridge was supposed to be rehabbed in place within 5 years of the removal and storage of the Rangeline Road Bridge. That bridge is to be used at another location as a walking bridge.
There is apparently interest from Hendricks County in obtaining this bridge to use in a park. Given that they have successfully reused several other historic truss bridges, I think this would be the best solution. I expressed my opinion that Lake County should foot the bill to have the bridge dismantled and piece marked, as well as to have it shipped to Hendricks County.
Same goes for me as well.
Closed for replacement. Pictures and story here:
Yo, Nathan! Your server restart did the trick re: my inability to upload pics. Thanks so much for your rapid response!
I'D CALL IT A PRATT WITH COUNTERS IN THE MIDDLE THREE PANELS.
I hate to be a bother, but BH Photo #501552 is broken
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I restarted the server which I try to do every 2 weeks as it seems to solve some problems. It MIGHT have helped. If not, then please be patient for the redeveloped website, the work is being performed by a company under contract and it outside of my purview.
I'm so old that I remember when you had to use toll coupons to cross. It was so dangerous. At one point you could literally see the Ohio River through the grating that you drove on. Every time my family and I crossed it we all yelled, "ONE MORE TIME!" There used to be a few YouTube videos of people in cars who were backed up in traffic freaking out about how afraid they were that the bridge would collapse with them on it. Most of us knew people who experienced tragedy from the Silver Bridge collapse in Point Pleasant that wasn't a whole lot of mileage upriver from us. In addition, both sides fed out to stoplights that couldn't handle heavy-duty bridge traffic. On the Russell side, it fed out to a single T-intersection stoplight with a convenience store at bottom across from the feed-out fast was very busy. Turn to the left, it eventually went to a viaduct (that was old in of itself) that fed into US Route 23, a four-lane, very busy highway. Turn right, it went through the heart of old Russell to an access under a train bridge made only of concrete that even cars and light trucks had trouble going through. Left or right, the road was two-lane, closely lined with very small businesses and houses.
As for the pedestrian bridge idea, I think that the money just wasn't there. There was also a lot of arguing about who had to pay what. The Peregrine falcons moved in. They are aggressive and are protected. It was going to be costly enough to remove and re-home them safely. Even if they did make it into a pedestrian walk, the falcons were loved but dangerous. They sent someone I know who was willing across the bridge to the hospital. They're fine, both bird and person. Another factor was the safety issues of walkers crossing US 23. A good time ago, you could walk down Wheeler Hill, cross 23, and walk over to Ironton and back. Traffic became more intense on 23. It was too wide for a good pedestrian light-controlled crossing.
Am I heartbroken it's gone? Yes. My Mom was from Kentucky and Dad was from Ohio, so when I was young I thought going to Ohio to see his side of the river was an exotic trip. It was when kids rode in the backs of trucks. Like a bunch of idiots. Dad would take us to the Shake Shop and tell us about his life here. My Dad was a difficult person (and so am I LOL), but he was happy telling us his stories there. He relaxed.
I don't know why I wrote all this, other than it's late and I'm nostalgic. One person may want to know this, so I wanted to write it for them.
Didn't realize this bridge was in missouri. Someone commented on the dallas texas shady grove bridge the same comment they did for this bridge. Now i know why I couldn't find it
On the duplicate photos thing, I think you might be seeing multiple updates, like a picture is uploaded for an added bridge that has had it build date and all that discovered.
Geoff and Brandon, thanks for responding! Iíve found that I can successfully upload files that are less than about 1.5 MB (small by my high-octane standards; most of the photos I post are between 3.0 MB and 6.0 MB). This was not a problem when I last posted two weeks or so ago. But, if technical restrictions are now in place, Iíll downsize my pics from here on. Iím certainly grateful for ANY server storage space available to the BH community.
Webmaster, at least a couple of other things are scrambled on BH at present. Right here on the Forum page, only four of the eleven photos that Jesse Berube attempted to post today are visible. On Updates ---> Recent Updates, most of the pics posted today by Geoff Hubbs appear in duplicate.
Would anyone know the history of this bridge?
Hey there Jesse. Here is a better link that said it took place near Kearney https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article267895102.html
After taking over 5000 pictures of several dozen bridges during the first half of the year i thought I'd share my favorite pictures i took this year.
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Hey Brandon what was that bridge you said collapsed in late October? I live in the DFW area and have not heard if any bridge collapse in the metroplex and the link you shared doesn't work. I went to search for it but can only find articles about the Morbi Suspension Bridge Collapse in India and the partial collapse of I-35 near Sealy Texas
I wanted to ask a question. Does anyone know who the architect was for the Shady Grove Road Bridge
I wanted to ask, does anyone knew who the architect was for the Shady Grove Bridge?
I think I got myself lost here as the article is drastically wrong and it appears they mixed up the Walhonding and Tuscarawas Rivers. This bridge and the other I submitted a long time ago here that I have linked are one in the same entity. I think these two should be merged, with the pics carrying over to the Warsaw Road Bridge and the build date being changed to reflect more research I have stumbled on that Warsaw Road and OH 95 are the same road and this fits with historic aerials of a three span through truss crossing as well.
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Is this a Marsh rainbow arch designed bridge
I have to shrink down the pictures and break stuff into three or four pictures to even begin uploading. I never had that before until a few days ago. Of course, the more I think about it, I wonder if these problems are related to the website undergoing that transformation Nathan mentioned quite some time ago.
I don't know, but I'll try it again today and see what happens. I never had any problems uploading newspaper archives before, but I wonder if it is or was a bug.
Bruce and Brandon- I haven't had any problems uploading in the last 2 days...wonder what the difference is?
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That sounds like a court case in waiting, as INDOT violated the public's right to knowledge and have meaningful input on how this project will impact the lives of the community.
I wonder where OH 95 was located in Coshocton County and where the Tuscarawas River was diverted in the 1930s. I found a newspaper clipping that talks about a three span through truss in 1932 crossing the river, but it won't upload here.
It is still acting up for me as well, and it took several tries to upload a picture of a Whipple span as I had to crop it so small.
A local group is fighting to save this bridge. It appears that INDOT may not have followed proper protocol in using local media to advertise for a meeting to be held concerning the bridge. A meeting was held, but nobody showed up... because NOBODY knew about it! This apparently included county officials, who are sending a letter to INDOT concerning it. Also the local state representative may become involved. It was initially stated that a replacement bridge (with a sidewalk that isn't needed) would only cost $200K more. Now they are saying that the rehab would be $1.3 Million... While the cost of the new bridge has now risen to $3.3 Million.
So, is ANYONE able to upload new pictures? Even if I try to upload just one image file, I get the same ďInternal Server Error - The upload was NOT successful. Please go back and try againĒ message that I posted on 11/28/2022.
The photo is mis-labeled, it is actually Paw Paw WV.
The c.1932 Truss survived this flood, but in Nov. 1985, the Hurricane Juan flood took this bridge out while it was in process of being replaced. A temporary steel bridge was built afterwards until the new UCEB was ready.
This crossing linked MD RT 51 with WV RT 9.
Another shorter truss spanned the C&O Canal just north of here and was part of the same c.1932 project.
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Whilst your corrections are appreciated, your demeaning tone is not.
Use a more professional tone.
Does anyone recognize this truss bridge in Williamsport MD during the 1936 flood? It appears it would have been over Conococheague Creek, parallel to the existing stone highway bridge. It may have been fairly short lived.
This is an interesting bridge. The easternmost river pier was washed away or collapsed (in a flood?) and was replaced with some simple steel beams. In the most recent aerials, that's been supplemented or effectively replaced with a new steel or concrete pier. The westernmost river pier was also replaced with simple steel beams at some point, too.
Looking at the approaches from the west, it appears that some of the timber stringers has been filled in with new earth/rock/gravel. I'm not sure if they are just outright dumping it as a train passes over (as was done in the old days) but perhaps this is a project to simply remove the old timber stringers as they need replacing. Same on the eastern approach.
Once again, pin does not match bridge in the postcard, are you guessing with all of these???
Actually part of PRR in Maryland branch, GC&C later taken over by Western MD. Railway by 1917, bridge rebuilt 1901, not destroyed by 1936 flood, abandoned
1977, razed 1982
Pin should be to the west of the highway bridge with southern end at intersection of Jones St., and Lyons St. Removed c.1954
Yes, just east of the plaza, this was a National Road bridge.
On the attached part of a topo map, it is exactly where the BM 1074 mark is.
I don't understand the coordinates thing.
Warren - Sorry wrong coordinates. Was it near LaVale Plaza at 39.6372649,-78.8485944 ?
I think that was my original guess. I can't find a junction with Rte 53...is it where 831A crosses Braddock Run at 39.6703277,-78.7936415 ?
I believe that the bridge was originally built by the Pittsburgh, McKeesport and Youghiogheny (P-Mickey) Railroad. Predecessor to the P&LE up the Youghiogheny. The other side of the river was initially the Pittsburgh and Connellsville, which became part of the B&O.
I tried uploading image files multiple times yesterday and again today. Each attempt results in this error message:
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Wrong bridge, wrong road, wrong location.
Location was near RT40 and RT53 junction in upper LaVale, 6 mile house referred to on postcard is distance from Cumberland.
Eliminated due to road widening c.1950, widened again in 1970s.
Interesting article about the construction of the bridge:
Interesting article about the rehabilitation of the bridge circa 2003:
I'll try that, but it didn't look anything too large, but the problem is that the picture is of a fairly long single span structure and good luck cutting it.
I had that problem earlier this afternoon, but after I downsized the photos they uploaded okay.
Is anybody else having a server error here when going to uplaod photos or anything else?
It could be with the similiarness of the names
I assume the "Lomas Forge & Bridge Co." mentioned in the article is actually the "Lomas Forge & Bridge Works".
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I think you are right, and the portal bracing is impressive on this span.
I like all of the info you have put together on this structure. I grew up one block south of this overpass and lived through the Wabash/Norfolk and Western/Norfolk Southern transitions. I believe the existing bridge was constructed long before the Wabash/N&W transition occurred. Please let me know if I am incorrect.
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Probably only preserved due to its connection to one of the most infamous bridge events in USA history. Overall there has been absolutely zero improvement to preservation in West Virginia. I can think of maybe one state standard truss that was programmed for rehab and thats about it.
It was dismantled and moved to nome Alaska.
This is the view just to the left of the old bridge site. Between this picture and the fact I discovered the directional etchings visible in the roadway in front of the bridge in your picture are still there, I think we can safely confirm that your mystery bridge was indeed this one.
I GOT ABOUT 400 ON BRIDGE REPORTS. (19 PER PAGE X 21
PAGE DOWNS, SO MAYBE 350, IF THERE WERE OVERLAPS).
I have never heard of Oregonia Bridge Company, but I would add it as a possible.
And Paul, I don't know where they got that figure, but I think it was a typo from the typist.
Looks similar to several Oregonia Bridge Company spans I have seen.
It's almost shocking to see a historic bridge in West Virginia rehabilitated. I'll hold my breath on this being a change in philosophy.
Pic #39 does appear to be of an extended floor beam that would have once supported an exterior walkway.
900 bridges in Allen County undergoing critical study?! I doubt there is/was 900 bridges TOTAL in all of Allen County, let alone 900 that needed fixup work!
On a side note, I agree with Brandon about deleting the 1958 and 2014 Shawnee bridges.
You can do that yourself. Click "Edit my photos" and then select "Use for thumbnail" on the photo you want to be used.
A visit to this bridge was very interesting. The quality of the rehab is superb, despite some rivets that were replaced by bolts. Signs present the history of the bridge with photos, the reason it was taken down, and this approach span which was saved and has now been rehabilitated.
Because of the reality of the situation here, there are many contradictory categories listed. For instance, it is both "Lost" and "Open", which is correct. It is unsure whether the listed dimensions apply to the whole old bridge, or the remaining approach span plus ramp, or neither one.
Can an admin look into using one of my aerials (perhaps photo 23) as the new "cover" photo for this as it showcases the entire structure?
I've lived here with my family of five since the 90's. The bridge is not only historic but a source of access to the rails to trails. Not only is the design Beautiful it is a piece of art from the early building of this area of Idaho. This bridge is so visually inspiring from so many angles in so many seasons with so much wildlife. This bridge needs to be saved for future generations to use,enjoy and pass on to our new generations of North Idaho lovers. Please keep this piece of Idaho history intact for the future.
I would have kept it separate if there was a patch of land between the two, as that could and almost would constitute two separate bridges.
Should be merged or deleted since itís the approach.
Photo #3 is of a different bridge I think, which appears to be a deck truss, not a through truss.
I second the merging of the stone arch bridge here into the through truss span, as an approach is part of a bridge:http://bridgehunter.com/oh/butler/hamilton-rr/
Wile somewhat more attractive than most concrete spans, I still feel this one doesn't have anything notable it.
I am not sure of the historic value on this bridge if it was a simple straight I-Beam design with no haunch or arch look to the girders.
Thanks for that. Been on a hunting spree for bridges and I'm glad to have solved this one and I solved some of my own as well.
All I see is a great tourist attraction(rebuilt). It's not like Calico Rock needs any more tourists spending money there. Yeah right!
Terrific find, Brandon! This was one I had never seen, but had always wondered what it had looked like.
THE PIN FOR THIS BRIDGE SHOULD BE MOVED TO HARDYS WHICH IS ABOUT 2.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ITS PRESENT LOCATION. THIS
BRIDGE WAS REPAIRED IN 1948 BUT WAS REMOVED SOMETIME THEREAFTER (WYOMING TIMES, FEB. 5, 1948, PAGE 3).
IT WAS IN THE TOWN OF GAINESVILLE BUT NOT THE VILLAGE OF GAINESVILLE.
Iíve been continuing my research on this bridge. My great grandfather ran the Hana Crosby Ferry that was replaced by the low water bridge that this bridge replaced in 1964. I donít know exactly where the low water bridge was located or the ferry and the house my grandfather lived in were relative the current bridge. Iím still hunting that information.
In the course of my research, I did discover lots of history of the parish along with locations of the landings used on Bayou Macon back when steamboats came as far as Waverly to bring supplies and pick up cotton bound for New Orleans.
Also, it appears that between the bridge's construction in 1898 and modern times, the bridge was widened.
I added new photos of the bridge from earlier this month. The sidewalk is now bowing downward/outward in places, indicating a complete structural failure. At this time, only the primary girders are in satisfactory condition; the appendages supporting the roadway deck and sidewalk are completely corroded. The stone piers are also in poor condition, with numerous stones missing.