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Posted May 11, 2021, by Carl Moore (carlm0404 [at] gmail [dot] com )

Please fix spelling of Conestoga.

Where do you get "Currently it is a part of the planned Enola Low Grade Trail which extends from just outside Harrisburg to Paradise, Pa."? Specifically, how do you arrive at the endpoints of the trail?

Posted May 11, 2021, by Carl Moore (carlm0404 [at] gmail [dot] com )

Please fix spelling of Conestoga.

Where do you get "Currently it is a part of the planned Enola Low Grade Trail which extends from just outside Harrisburg to Paradise, Pa."? Specifically, how do you arrive at the endpoints of the trail?

Posted May 10, 2021, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

I just wrote a Pic of the Week article on this bridge which is also a mystery bridge article as well. Aside from the questions I posed in my article, my biggest question is whether or not the truss bridge is still standing, judging by the pic taken in 2019. Your comments here as well as in the Chronicles page would be much appreciated. Thanks.

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/05/10/bhc...

Posted May 10, 2021, by Don Elam (donxoh [at] roadrunner [dot] com)

I grew up few miles from this bridge. My dad retired from L&N (now CSX) Loyall yard office in 1970. He told me this was one of few 2 track steel truss bridges built on a curve in the US. Don't know any facts about that but would like to know.

Posted May 10, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I would strongly encourage anyone on Bridgehunter.com who cares about historic bridges to fill out the following survey Patrick referenced. This is one of the most unique bridges on the Delaware River and unfortunately PennDOT is the lead agency for the project. They are doing this unusual public outreach BEFORE conducting Section 106. While I have been assured that this will NOT result in a preconditioned outcome of Section 106, I remain a little concerned given PennDOT's past track record for preservation such as with Pond Eddy. I believe there is benefit to filling out this survey and indicating that one of the purposes of this bridge is TOURISM... that the existing historic bridge is itself a destination and that to replace this bridge with a slab of concrete would not meet the purpose and need of the project, which I feel should include the preservation of this important historic bridge and tourism destination.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7V7ZFWW

re: CNYK - Sleepy Hollow Rd
Posted May 10, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

FYI I believe that this website does not show bridges on the maps if the status is unknown or lost. I have added duplicate bridges by mistake as a result of this fact as well.

CNYK - Sleepy Hollow Rd
Posted May 10, 2021, by Patrick Gurwell (pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com)

Luke,

Thank you. Looked at map of county and didn't see a pin for a bridge there. I deleted the bridge I added.

Patrick

Posted May 10, 2021, by Patrick Gurwell (pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com)

Public survey open for Skinner's Falls Bridge thru June 1st

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7V7ZFWW

UP Tunnel No. 9 (California)
Posted May 10, 2021, by Tyler

IOS uploading is weird. It kept selecting pictures while scrolling and I almost uploaded personal stuff

re: Introduction
Posted May 10, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Mitchell:

I have activated your account and you may now log in! Welcome to the BridgeHunter community! We welcome your contributions. If you have any questions or need help, feel free to post a question to this forum.

We look forward to seeing the bridges you are able to visit in Pennsylvania!

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Bridge comment
Posted May 10, 2021, by Douglas Butler

My fault and things do happen we all make mistakes, Luke, I want to say that I included you as a shout out to my soon coming book, no hard feelings.

RE: Re: Cleveland Bridge Book
Posted May 10, 2021, by Luke

I agree 100%

And I want to reiterate that my issue was (Up until the incredulous "threat" of e-fisticuffs.) with the source, NOT Doug himself.

Doug essentially did everything right, but the source he used was in error. This has happened multiple times to multiple users of BH. To give a personal example: John found out that the IADOT-funded FraserDesign report for a bridge in Iowa was erroneous and the IA Historical Society had correct info. We're of the mutual opinion that there's others (Mainly railroad related) that are erroneous as well.

Stuff happens, instead of incredulity and laughable threats of "fisticuffs", admit you're wrong or do the research to prove you're right.

Re: Cleveland Bridge Book
Posted May 10, 2021, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Authors Watson (d.1995) and Wolfs (d.1997) aren't around to ask. In light of a few similar small discrepancies in the parts I've read, and the fact that there is no evidence elsewhere, I'd say the authors misspoke on this name.

Sometimes there are no other sources available to verify a statement and it can become accepted as a fact, however when other sources are available for verification it's always worthwhile to have supporting resources.

Assiduous research is always preferable to ad hominem arguments.

Posted May 10, 2021, by Anonymous

Says "Pedestrians only...not true, also riding and pack animals. This is the Pacific Crest Trail.

Posted May 9, 2021, by Russell W. (rwells2265 [at] gmail [dot] com)

*Burt Reynolds

Posted May 9, 2021, by Russell W. (rwells2265 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was built as a parallel to the original truss bridge, part of an early '60s four-laning of then US 78. Piers also date to 1962. It's taken a real beating over the years.

The 1980 eastbound bridge replaced the old '30s-era truss bridge after it collapsed in a truck mishap on December 2, 1977.

The collapsed portion of that bridge was immortalized in Bert Reynolds' river jump scene in the 1978 movie "Hooper."

[article from the 12/03/1977 Anniston Star]

Posted May 9, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Sorry for the data dump. I was researching something else when I went to pull up the Roebling Niagara bridge, only to discover it wasn't there. I thought it and the other area suspension bridges were too important not to have listed. So I spent a little time and loaded them with some placeholder info.

Regards,

Art S.

RE: Cleveland bridge book
Posted May 9, 2021, by Luke

And on page 47, the author (Daughter of famous Ohio builder Wilbur Watson) says "This bridge serves the team tracks of the oldest railroads in Cleveland, dating from 1851. Founded by Alfred Kelley, mayor, canal commissioner and promoter, it was originally called the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati Railroad. At a later date, Indianapolis was added making it the "Big Four". When extended to St. Louis, the name became abbreviated to CCC & St.L.R.R."

The above statement isn't historically accurate.

The Cleveland, Columbus & Cincinnati Railroad didn't "add" Indianapolis, they merged with the Bellefontaine Railway (Itself a merger of the Bellefontaine & Indiana Railroad and the Indianapolis, Pittsburgh & Cleveland Railroad.) to become the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railway

The aforementioned line didn't "extend to St. Louis", they merged with the Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Chicago Railway to form the Big 4 (CCC&StL, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway)

So it's a pretty clear-cut case IMO of the author confusing the Big Four with the previous lines.

Posted May 9, 2021, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Geoff--

I renamed this bridge and relocated it as well. It is on the approach to the Windsor Locks-Warehouse Point bridge over the Connecticut River. Your photo #2 is an abandoned swing footbridge slightly upstream on the canal.

Regards,

Chet

Cleveland bridge book
Posted May 9, 2021, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The source cited for the existence of the railway in question is:

https://www.clevelandmemory.org/ebooks/bmc/

https://www.clevelandmemory.org/ebooks/bmc/Bmcchap3.html Page 49.

I have yet to find any other references to this particular company. If the author is still living we might contact her for confirmation/clarification.

Posted May 9, 2021, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

I'm fairly certain the bridge in the postcard views is on Lake Avenue in Lake Worth; the casino is a giveaway.

Tunnels Raymond Street Indianapolis, Indiana Marion County
Posted May 8, 2021, by Bill Allen Rodebaugh (brodebaugh [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

Hello,

I am searching for information and archive photos of the former two underpass tunnels that were built in 1948 on Raymond Street, Indianapolis. Does anyone on the forum or group have any photos?

These were funnel shaped tunnel underpasses not bridges.

The New York Central RR tracks ran above the tunnels. In November of 1972, work began to build an overpass (over the RR tracks) which would eliminate the tunnels. Since Raymond Street from the 1940's through 1972 was a two lane road, the single lane Tunnels (one longer in the west than the one on the east) could be death traps without a signal so each side could pass safely. I believe one of the tunnels have a curve making it even more blinding for traffic. There was supposedly a bridge stanchion in the middle.

Posted May 8, 2021, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Seems the 2005 replacement was a prize winner which makes me think "notable". The steel makers seem rightly proud.

Posted May 8, 2021, by Luke

https://www.aisc.org/nsba/prize-bridge-awards/prize-bridge-w...

They fabricated steel used in the new bridge, which I don't disagree with having an entry created for it.

Posted May 8, 2021, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Similar to the Huey P Long in Jefferson Parish. The approaches are a lot longer than the actual bridge. They aren't really a separate bridge.

Posted May 8, 2021, by Luke

Technically, this would be an approach to https://bridgehunter.com/wa/cowlitz/bh43293/.

Posted May 8, 2021, by Glenn Celerier (celerier [dot] bridgehunter [at] gmail [dot] com)

Historical records may present confusion. State Highway 6 at one time was designated as State Highway 16.

Posted May 8, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Glenn,

Thanks for the update. Do you know what the rehabilitation included? Was the truss span replaced or repaired?

Posted May 8, 2021, by Glenn Celerier (celerier [dot] bridgehunter [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge rehabilitation was completed in 2020.

Introduction
Posted May 8, 2021, by Mitchell Green (mitchell [dot] gr33n [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hello all, I have been using this site off and on now for several months and have decided to create an editor's account so that I may add to the wealth of information that exists here. I am planning several road trips through my home state of Pennsylvania this summer, including trips "to the source" of the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers. A big part of these trips is also to visit and traverse as many historic bridges as I can along my route, and hopefully I will be able to capture some updated images of some of the examples listed on this site. I'm thankful for the continued existence of sites like this who's dedicated contributors help regular people like me uncover such fascinating things about the world we live in and its history! :)

- Mitchell G.

Posted May 8, 2021, by Luke

No, it wasn't.

Posted May 8, 2021, by Jeremy Alexander (jwalexander1980 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was proudly built in Russellville Alabama by G&G Steel.

Posted May 8, 2021, by Anonymous

This bridge is no longer open to vehicles. Itís barricaded on both sides.

Posted May 8, 2021, by Anonymous

This bridge is no longer open to vehicles. Itís barricaded on both sides.

Posted May 8, 2021, by Anonymous

This bridge is no longer open to vehicles. Itís barricaded on both sides.

Posted May 8, 2021, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Tried to get to this one 04/21. Electronic security gated property. Inquired with grounds keeper but was denied access.

Help with Puerto Rican entries
Posted May 7, 2021, by Luke

I found a trove of images in a book on historic bridges in Puerto Rico.

Ein problem: Ich sprache und lese Englisch, Deutsche, und Niederlšndisch, sehr wenig und schlechte Spanish.

(I speak and read English, German, and Dutch, very little and poor Spanish).

If you'd like to help add bridges and merge photos, here's the dropbox link to the book: https://app.box.com/s/rm8asi7uz7k179at3vs3

Posted May 7, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Patrick,

They did and they are :^)

Regards,

Art S.

Posted May 7, 2021, by Patrick Gurwell (pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com)

Do those look like Phoenix columns, curved to make the bowstring? Looks like it, but I don't know if they made them curved?

Posted May 7, 2021, by mary ann rauschenberg (marossy [at] zoominternet [dot] net)

Lived in this town most of my life. Loved that bridge. You have one thing wrong Girard, Ohio is in Trumbull county not Mahoning.

Posted May 7, 2021, by Glenn Celerier (celerier [dot] bridgehunter [at] gmail [dot] com)

Recent Google imagery appears to show the bridge was replaced.

Posted May 7, 2021, by Reidosarous (reidosarous [at] gmail [dot] com)

Possible photo from mid 1920s

Posted May 7, 2021, by Craftysam56

When was this bridge built? I keep searching the internet, but I can't seem to find more about this bridge. I will be glad if you helped!

UPDATE HISTORICAL RECORD
Posted May 7, 2021, by ROBERT LWIS WILLIAMS (ghsalumnigroup [at] aol [dot] com)

I sent in a report via news letter but it may have been in error because I included 3 websites as references. Please see my post on your facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/bridgehunter/community/?ref=page_in...

Thanks, Robert 330/545-6477

ghsalumnigrouo@aol.com

Posted May 7, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one also has a shape similar to the post-1910 American Bridge Company plaques. Instead, these are Keystone products. These two also have this shape plaque:

http://bridgehunter.com/mt/cascade/bh58018/

http://bridgehunter.com/il/cook/santa-fe-railroad/

Posted May 7, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan,

This is an interesting point made. Is this the same CB&I which had built a couple of girder bridges for the Milwaukee Road in 1902 (http://bridgehunter.com/photos/40/73/407344-L.jpg)? It seems like they quit making railroad bridges for a while if so.

It is also worth noting that it seems like the company only built a handful of railroad bridges between 1916-1917. It also looks like only the Chicago & North Western was using them. By this point, most railroads were using American Bridge Company exclusively. Perhaps American Bridge couldn't fill an order that year and C&NW found someone who could?

While the plaque shapes are similar, I would imagine that this is a fairly isolated incident limited to one railroad company. Most of these plaques seem to tear off so there is at least a little bit of text. The ones that are completely gone and were built in this date range should probably be checked with railroad documents. Looking, I only found one other span missing a plaque which is within this date range.

Also on this bridge, there is/was a photo (it looks like Mid-Continent Railroad Museum removed their postcard page) showing construction in 1907. I have doubts that this entire bridge is 1917 from a plaque on an end span, and instead suspect the end spans may have been built when a trestle approach was upgraded later.

Posted May 7, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is one of the most unusual bridges I have ever seen photos of!

RE: Copyright Violation
Posted May 7, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Ed,

Your understanding is correct. For those who have not noticed, please familiarize yourself with the legal policies that have been added to the About page here:

https://bridgehunter.com/help/about/

Posted May 7, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This plaque photo posted on this page is fascinating. Not only does it reference a 1917 construction date by CB&I, which was almost exclusively building water towers by this time, it bears an uncanny similarity to American Bridge Company plaques. Not sure if there is a story behind this or not. However it certainly us a reminder that we must be cautious when listing builders based on broken plaques or "plaque scars" left on steel after a plaque goes missing. How many of us would have listed the builder as American Bridge had this plaque's text been broken off?

Posted May 7, 2021, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Mystery Bridge Article Nr. 150 and this bridge is the focus. More info with questions about it can be found here:

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/05/07/mys...

Posted May 6, 2021, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

ooooooh that's awesome!!

Posted May 6, 2021, by Margaret Gilbert (maggieegilbert [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Can anyone explain why it was also called the Gilbert-Harris bridge. I would like to know if it is in reference to some of my ancestors. Thanks.

Posted May 6, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's been a long time coming and I will be curious to see it completed. Keeping my fingers crossed that the balustrade railings aren't going by the wayside.

Posted May 6, 2021, by William Diehl (wdiehl86 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is to be replaced with modern structure, as during normal high flows the river reaches the lower parts of the span. CDOT is currently looking for someone to claim current spans.

https://www.cpr.org/2021/05/04/free-to-a-good-home-an-83-yea...

RE: Copyright Violation
Posted May 6, 2021, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I have had my images used by a Youtube channel and if they had credited me per the common commons I would have no complaint.

The thing is that the photos posted on bridgehunter belong to the person who posted them here in most cases and if someone finds them used without permission then it's their job, not Bridgehunter's to act.

Posted May 6, 2021, by Josh Reynolds (sylderon [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was replaced with a similar concrete arch bridge.

Posted May 6, 2021, by Kristofer Olson (kris [dot] olson [at] westwoodps [dot] com)

Construction Plaque at south abutment

Posted May 6, 2021, by Kristofer Olson (kris [dot] olson [at] westwoodps [dot] com)

Photo of Upstream side

Posted May 6, 2021, by Kristofer Olson (kris [dot] olson [at] westwoodps [dot] com)

This bridge was replaced in the fall of 2019 with a 3 span concrete slab bridge.

Posted May 6, 2021, by Geoffrey Gross (ggross1970 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Also rehabilitated 2012 (year of second major rehabilitation completion). First major rehabilitation shown in 1968 is correct, when deck was widened.

Posted May 6, 2021, by Anthony Marino (amarino [at] indot [dot] in [dot] gov)

I was out at this bridge site a couple weeks ago and the rehabilitation contract was already well underway. Overall it is in a nice setting with the Mill nearby and the preservation looks like it will fit in well.

Roanoke River Bridge (North Carolina)
Posted May 6, 2021, by Luke

The city is also not the bridge.

Roanoke River Bridge (North Carolina)
Posted May 6, 2021, by Tom Hoffman

Williamston is in Martin County, not Bertie County.

re: Duplicate entries
Posted May 6, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Chester,

I deleted the Bridgehunter page. As for Landmark hunter, it appears James never finished all the coding for the website, and some of the admin features do not work and return an Internal Server Error. Unfortunately, the Delete Page feature is one of the operations that results in this error. So for now I am not sure how to remove those pages. I think if you were able to move your photos onto the main page that is the best we can do, at least for now.

Copyright Violation
Posted May 6, 2021, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi all:

I just discovered a website that has pulled a bunch of photographs off of bridgehunter and used them without permission or credit. I did send them a message, but if a webmaster has more tech abilities that me, please feel free to pursue them.

Here is the violator:

https://line.17qq.com/articles/wgmfnwqwy.html

Joliet Bridge and Iron Company
Posted May 6, 2021, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

I'm enclosing an article I wrote about the Joliet Bridge and Iron Company for you to look at. We're looking for more examples of bridges that had been built by the company either under the ownership of Robert Morrison or his son Raymond. Plus some examples of bridges built outside the US are also needed. If you find some, please contact me at the Chronicles and/or add them onto the page. Thanks for your help. :-)

JS

Link: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/05/06/jol...

Duplicate entries
Posted May 6, 2021, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan:

Found duplicate entries:

BridgeHunter

Windham County, Connecticut

BH 36116 Willimantic Bridge is a duplictate of BH 12236 Windham Road Bridge and can be deleted. CT-601 (Windham Road) is no longer a valid route number.

LandmarkHunter

Hartford County, Connecticut

LH 209472 is a duplicate of LH 196080 and can be deleted.

LH 209473 is a duplicate of LH 196081 and can be deleted.

I moved my photos to the original listings.

Thanks.

Posted May 5, 2021, by Glenn Celerier (celerier [dot] bridgehunter [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Library of Congress collection holds a 1900 Rand McNally and Company railroad map. This map shows the railroad crossing the Sabine River as the Texas, Sabine Valley and Northwestern Railway Company (TSV&NW). The Texas State Historical Association, Handbook of Texas states the TSV&NW was chartered on October 3, 1887 and was sold on December 27, 1904 to the Texas and Gulf Railway Company. Therefore if the bridge was completed in 1904 the TSV&NM was most likely the builder.

Posted May 5, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Don't get me started about Ft. Ritner Mike! 😠😡🤬

Posted May 5, 2021, by Luke

Geoff, your picture belongs on this page: https://bridgehunter.com/ca/los-angeles/bh36677/

Posted May 4, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This would probably be a question for Frank, if he happens to see this -

The 1989 date for the bridge being closed. With the Gordonville/Waldo Road bridge being completed in 1976, would THIS bridge still have remained open to vehicular traffic for the remaining 13 years inbetween? Or did they restrict it to pedestrians only for a time before finally closing it off completely in '89?

Something about that year being given for the closing date is surprising to me.

Posted May 4, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's now official: Restoration is in the works.

https://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/Project-to-connect-S...

An upcoming project will restore a historic local bridge, and further Midland County's connection to the rest of the state.

The Midland County Road Commission (MCRC) was recently approved for a $1.9 million grant for the rehabilitation of the historic Smiths Crossing Bridge over the Tittabawassee River. The project is set for a 2023 completion, according to an MCRC press release.

MCRC begin working to restore the Smiths Crossing Bridge in 2018. With an estimated total project cost of $4.6 million, fundraising efforts to raise the required matching funds will begin soon and run through 2022, MCRC managing director Jonathan Myers said in a statement.

"This new trail will serve as a 'key connector' to, and become part of, the Iron Belle Trail (IBT)," Myers stated. "Extending from Ironwood in Michiganís Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle State Park in Detroit, the IBT has separate hiking and biking routes that together span over 2,000 miles."

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the IBT extends more than 2,000 miles from the far western tip of the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle in Detroit, and crosses through 48 different Michigan counties.

Near the beginning of the 20th century, a ferry service provided a crucial southern link from Midland to Saginaw, the press release states. Known as "Smiths Crossing," it was named after the man who owned and operated the ferry. In 1907, the "Pratt Through-Truss" bridge was erected at the site, becoming "Smiths Crossing Bridge."

The 15-foot-wide structure was the primary crossing until a four-lane bridge was built half a mile upstream in 1976. At 114 years old, Smiths Crossing is one of six surviving bridges of this type in Michigan. The bridge was closed to all forms of traffic in 1989.

The restoration project was made possible through collaboration between MCRC, Midland Area Community Foundation, Spicer Group, Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail Alliance, Iron Belle Trail Foundation, MDOT Transportation Alternatives Program, Ingersoll Township and Midland County Parks and Recreation.

MCRC press release: http://midlandroads.com/Portals/1039/docs/Press%20Releases/P...

Posted May 4, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

http://www.nprha.org/NP_Valuation/ID-6.pdf

Bridge #50.1 is listed here as having been built in 1889. This date seems reasonable for the structure, but no original location can be found yet. As the NPRHA continues to scan these highly valuable documents, I have no doubts we will learn of the origins of this bridge.

Posted May 4, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, unfortunately I agree. I put out this false positive vibe to keep me from face planting off Ft Ritner bridge lol

Posted May 4, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like there is a missing plaque in photo 8. I can't tell what company it is though.

Posted May 4, 2021, by William Potter (sandmountainslim [at] yahoo [dot] com)

We actually have always called this Matheny's Bridge.

Posted May 3, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one also had that "heading" issue where Google was rejecting the StreetView embed, but fixing it wasn't nearly as tricky this time.

Still, I'd imagine that multiple pages might have the same issue.

Posted May 3, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

As cool as that would be Mike you would hear my jaw hitting the ground from New Castle if it actually happened.

Posted May 3, 2021, by GS

Done.

Posted May 3, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice pix, Jenise! Looks like the bridge is being cleared out. I hope a restoration is in store. Any info?

Posted May 3, 2021, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

GS:

Please delete my photo from this page. Moving photos that aren't your own is not good practice. I know you meant well.

Posted May 3, 2021, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks, but I wanted the photo left in Comments. I know how to rotate a photo otherwise. I don't think the rotate feature is available for Comment photos.

Posted May 3, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've been wondering where the Warren span came from for a long time. I have found no other sources indicating the span is from the Columbia River, other than the one linked here. Since the old span collapsed in 1974, it would've been Burlington Northern doing the rebuilding. This could mean it is a GN, NP, SP&S or CB&Q span, possibly from anywhere in the western half of the US.

Posted May 3, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Bridge to be replaced with trusses added as decorative elements. https://www.journalinquirer.com/towns/vernon/main-street-bri...

Posted May 3, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The trusses and girders were definitely moved here in 1927. The girders appear to be a standard 1890s design, with a third girder line added. As the NPRHA continues to add more AFEs, we will likely find more information on these spans. However, they are not currently published.

Posted May 3, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm not sure if this bridge was built on a new alignment, but there was a previous Washington Street bridge, built 1906, which was at least partially shipped to Minnesota:

http://bridgehunter.com/mn/pine/bh58401/

Posted May 3, 2021, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great postcard, Geoff! It also shows the "Indian Fordway Tablet" which is still there next to the bridge, although most of the inscription has worn away. Photos attached.

P.S. Sorry for sideways photo-cannot rotate images in comments.

Raymond Street Indianapolis Indiana
Posted May 2, 2021, by Bill Rodebaugh (brodebaugh [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

There were two former single lane car underpass tunnels on Raymond Street and east of Sherman Drive in Indianapolis, IN.

These tunnels were removed in the 70ís. There is a long tunnel and a shorter tunnel. Can Research be done on those tunnels or for any photos to be found?

Posted May 2, 2021, by Kurt Phillips (k1kurt [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Joan, my dad is Joe Phillips. My mom, Pat and my dad are still alive and kicking but too old to travel much. I'd love to take them for a visit to Missouri but I think it would depress my dad. The old Combs family farm is halfway demolished inside and several buildings have been torn down and replaced with modern metal buildings and a house where the barnyard was. One of my brothers and I drove down to Hamilton for the day to visit the family farm and toss firecrackers at the places Dad used to take us to and shoot guns. Some of our favorites were "The Lilly Pads, Otter Crick (actually Cottonwood Crick at the corner of Wallace and New York) and The Bar Pit (on the east side of the RR tracks at Wallace Drive." I remember going to this bridge (or was it Gould Bridge?) back in the 70s and Shoal Crick was at flood stage. The water was raging and ALMOST touched the bottom of the bridge! I'll try to call you this week so we can talk.

Posted May 2, 2021, by Luke

Geoff, your postcard is of a single-span arch over a smaller stream. I'll make an entry for you to move it to.

Posted May 2, 2021, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Still open April 2021

Posted May 2, 2021, by Tyler

Metra plans on adding a third track to the bridge

https://metrarail.com/sites/default/files/assets/planning/me...

Posted May 2, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

http://bridgehunter.com/mt/cascade/bh58018/

Appears to be the same design as this one, built by Keystone. I found a pair of 252' trusses built in Washington State the same year (1899). Perhaps these were cut down and moved here?

Posted May 2, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

While we know this bridge was built in 1906, the bridge appears to be heavily modified (third girder line, additional bents, etc). The girder in the photo added to this page also seems to show a Lassig plaque, indicating a pre-1900 bridge. I think it is highly likely that there are pieces of this bridge that were brought in to strengthen the structure.

Posted May 2, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one is very lightweight. I would guess mid 1890s or so for a date. It also looks like itís a pretty steep drop to the river. Good work!

Posted May 2, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice to see some photos of this one! How did you get back to it?

Posted May 2, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Iím also seeing two distinctly different trusses. Itís possible at least one isnít in an original location, or the bridge was upgraded at some point. Nice work!

Posted May 2, 2021, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I couldn't help but think how cool that I was able to drive my truck across a bridge, that over 100 years ago an early steam train ran.


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