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Nathan Holth - Author, Webmaster, and Photographer.
Rick McOmber - Photographer and Content Advisor.
Luke Gordon - Engineering / Construction Consultant and Photographer.
|HistoricBridges.org offers professional photo-documentation, information, and advocacy for all types of historic bridges except covered bridges. North American coverage radiates outward from
Michigan, with Pennsylvania, Chicago, and Ontario being coverage highlights as well. HistoricBridges.org places an unparalleled priority on comprehensive and detail-oriented photo-documentation of each bridge presented. In
addition, HistoricBridges.org strongly advocates for the reform of surface transportation policy and fights to increase awareness of the feasibility of historic bridge preservation. HistoricBridges.org is guided by the
philosophy that placing a greater funding focus on the maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation of existing bridges, whether historic or not, is the the best solution for a country's aging and deteriorating bridges.
Click Here For The Latest Website Update (4-29-15).
||Featuring historic bridge photo-documentation and information, the Bridge Browser is the main feature on this website. The map shown here is an interactive clickable map that allows you to
access the bridges on this website. Places listed in blue text have bridges available.
BridgeSeek, an advanced search tool, is also available. Also, a
of the Bridge Browser is available.
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There are currently 4290 bridges available in the Bridge Browser.
Click here to view the latest additions to the Bridge Browser. Note: This list of newly added bridges may include bridge pages which are still under construction.
Bridge Browser listings are also included in Google's Field Trip app, which runs on smartphones and Google Glass. It will list (or alert you to) bridges that are nearby, and includes a photo and narrative for the bridge, followed by a link to the corresponding Bridge Browser entry on HistoricBridges.org. Click the below icon to learn about and download Field Trip.
Bridge Spotlight:Approximate Time Remaining Until All United States Historic Metal Truss Bridges Not Preserved Are Demolished:
A Tale of Two Cities: Trying To Save Bridges In Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario
On either side of the St. Clair River, which divides the United States and Canada, two ongoing fights for two historic bridges continue to work to save significant community landmarks from demolition.
Old Lakeshore Road Bridge
Located in Sarnia Ontario, and also called the Cull Drain Bridge, this is an exceedingly rare surviving example of a bridge documented as having been built by the Sarnia-based firm of Jenks-Dresser. Built in 1910, the bridge is also technologically significant on a provincial level as an early surviving example of a polygonal Warren truss bridge in Ontario. Most pony truss bridges built during this period did not have polygonal top chords. Finally, the bridge's 100 foot length is fairly long for a pony truss built during this time.
This bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic for many years, but was a popular crossing for pedestrians walking along the beautiful Lake Huron shoreline until it was closed to pedestrians following an inspection. Now there is a debate about whether to restore the bridge or demolish it.
Port Huron Railroad Bridge
News and Updates
Chicago's Bridges Book Now Available!
By Nathan Holth, author of HistoricBridges.org, this book provides a discussion of the history of Chicago's movable bridges, and includes a virtual tour discussing all movable bridges remaining in Chicago today. The book includes dozens of full color photos.
Only $9.95 U.S.!
Looking For A Pedestrian or Light Vehicular Bridge?Whether you are a park, trail organization, college, city, or private landowner, you want your property to be something unique and special. Why settle for a boring, dull pre-fabricated pedestrian bridge when you can get a beautiful historic bridge to do the same thing? Many states maintain a list of bridges which you can acquire, relocate and restore, and other individually listed opportunities often are available. These bridges normally can be acquired free of charge, so use the money you were going to put toward buying a pre-fab bridge and instead use it to restore the bridge. Not sure how to restore a bridge? HistoricBridges.org can help guide you to people and firms that can help, or you can just get in touch with Bach Steel. Note: these bridges will be demolished if nobody acquires them.
View Currently Available Bridges List, Maintained By Historic Bridge Foundation
Support Historic Bridges With A Donation To The Historic Bridge Foundation:We do not seek donations for the operation of HistoricBridges.org, nor do we feature advertisements in our content. However if you are interested in helping the cause of historic bridges by financial means, we strongly suggest a tax-deductible donation to the Historic Bridge Foundation:
Historic Bridge Foundation
The Historic Bridge Foundation works to encourage government agencies and officials to preserve historic bridges, the Foundation provides consultation and guidance to individuals and groups seeking to preserve historic bridges. The expertise available at the Foundation is evidenced by the fact that HistoricBridges.org frequently refers people to the Foundation for further assistance beyond what HistoricBridges.org itself provides.
If you have any questions about why a donation to the Historic Bridge Foundation is worthwhile, feel free to contact HistoricBridges.org. Alternatively, learn more about the Historic Bridge Foundation at their website www.historicbridgefoundation.com.
April 29, 2015 - Testing Mobile View In Bridge BrowserGoogle is making a big deal about websites making their content dynamic so it fits perfectly to smartphone screens as well as desktop screens. Also recognizing that 1/3 of our visitors use a mobile device, we thought it would be worthwhile trying to improve the mobile experience. We are currently testing a mobile-friendly revision of the individual bridge listings in the Bridge Browser Everything should still work, but some bugs and visual problems may occur. We hope to have this resolved soon. We also are testing a new menu system in the bridge browser which will show up on these pages. The menu is mobile-compatible, but also works very nicely on a desktop, with larger buttons that don't disappear when you miss the target by a tiny amount, a problem that existed with the old top bar menu. We will eventually implement this menu on all pages where the top bar menu currently appears.
March 26, 2015 - Introduction to Historic Bridges, Revisions and ExpansionsHistoricBridges.org's crash-course in historic bridges, An Introduction to Historic Bridges has been updated and revised, to provide additional information, as well as make some clarifications and corrections. Changes include:
Massive expansion of metal arch section, substantial expansion and revision on continuous vs true hinged cantilever trusses, Added detail for Phoenix and Keystone columns, Added detail and intersection variations for Lattice trusses (triple and quadruple), Added detail for lenticular trusses, Added detail for Bailey trusses, Added super-elevation, Added link to iron/steel Brands page, Added link to MI Concrete Camelback Page.
Finally, the PDF version has been upgraded so the hyperlinks work in it just like the PowerPoint version.
View An Introduction To Historic Bridges
March 12, 2015 - Ohio Update AddedA large update for bridges in Ohio, with a focus on adding unusual, rare, and significant bridges to the Bridge Browser, has been completed and released.
March 3, 2015 - New View County Bridges On Google Map OptionGoogle apparently has nothing better to do these days than to end supporting technologies that "the little guys" like us spent a lot of time adapting to our website. For that reason, at the end of February HistoricBridges.org's old links to view a Google Map showing bridges in a particular county stopped working thanks to Google ending support for the method we used to display the maps.
We had to rebuild the feature to view a particular county's bridges on a Google map from scratch as a result using the new system. We are not experts at Google APIs... but we think we have the new system working. If you notice problems, please contact us. Assuming it works, we have to admit it probably is a little nicer than our old system. Clicking on a pushpin will show the bridge name, type, and even the thumbnail photo of the bridge, which our old map didn't do. Moreover, if you are logged into a Google Account with personalized favorite locations, those should show up on the map as well. So you can see if any bridges are near places you have marked on your personal map, etc.
The link to view a county's bridges in a Google Map will appear in the same location, in a county page, right below the county title.
Here is a direct link to a sample map for our new coverage area, Duval County, Florida
March 2, 2015 - SE USA UpdateA large update with bridges for the SE USA has been released. It includes portions of northern Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and northeastern Alabama.
February 6, 2015 - Misc. UpdateA group of bridges from various places including Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Ontario have been released.
February 3, 2015 - Pacific Northwest Update CompleteAll bridges from the Pacific Northwest trip have now been added to the website.
January 1, 2015 - Pacific Northwest Official Halfway Update ReleaseAdding bridges to the Pacific Northwest continues, and is about halfway done. To celebrate this moment and the new year, these bridges have been officially added to the Bridge Browser, which meant adding four previously unlisted states into the Bridge Browser. All the British Columbia bridges have been added. Remaining work for this update is focused on Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon.
December 4, 2014 - Pacific Northwest UpdatesAdding bridges to the Pacific Northwest continues. In addition to new bridges currently being added, four existing pages (for highly significant bridges), which previously had only guest photos have been supplemented with a traditional in-house full detail-oriented photo-documentation by HistoricBridges.org. The bridges are:
Niagara Canyon Bridge
Cowichan River Railway Bridge
Johnson Street Bridge
November 26, 2014 - Belated Historic Bridge Awareness MonthNovember is Historic Bridge Awareness Month and ironically we at HistoricBridges.org haven't been able to devote as much time to promoting this awareness effort this year as we had hoped, as we found ourselves busy working with historic bridges: adding one of the greatest coverage increases ever to the Bridge Browser, that of Washington State and neighboring areas including British Columbia, while also conducting a bridge documentation in the southeastern United States and the potentially incredible discovery that a swing bridge in Florida may be the oldest swing bridge in the country.
In 2015, we plan to work with other organizations to better promote Historic Bridge Awareness Month.
Meanwhile, Craig Holstine, historian for Washington State Department of Transportation was interviewed today by Chris Hansen for a talk show on KPQ Radio about Historic Bridge Awareness Month and Washington State's beautiful historic bridges (which we are in progress of adding to HistoricBridges.org). The excellent interview on KPQ embodies the spirit of Historic Bridge Awareness Month. Click here to listen to a recording of the interview.
November 5, 2014 - A Few More Pacific Northwest BridgesA few more bridges from the Pacific Northwest trip have been added. As the bridges are being added to the website, they won't initially be available through the maps and menus of the Bridge Browser until an official update package is released. You can however preview the bridges using the link below. Check back off and on as more bridges may be added to the list.