HistoricBridges.org offers professional detail-oriented photo-documentation, information, and advocacy for all types of historic bridges except covered bridges. HistoricBridges.org believes that changing public funding to focus on the maintenance of existing bridges, whether historic or not, would better solve infrastructure problems in North America. HistoricBridges.org is led by Nathan Holth (Author, Webmaster, and Photographer), Rick McOmber (Photographer and Content Advisor), and Luke Gordon (Photographer). Click Here For The Latest Website Update (1-7-16).
Featuring historic bridge photo-documentation and narratives, the Bridge Browser documents thousands of bridges in North America. The map shown below is interactive. Places listed in blue text have bridges available. BridgeSeek, an advanced search tool, is also available. Also, a standalone version of the Bridge Browser is available.There are currently 4502 bridges available in the Bridge Browser. Click here to view the latest additions to the Bridge Browser. Note: This list may include pages still under construction.
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Lakeshore Drive Bridge
||Near Port Huron: St. Clair County, Michigan||This bridge was widened in 1947 and is a great example of why details matter with bridges.|
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Additional Website Features
Informative presentations designed to introduce viewers to the world of historic bridges. Utilizing photos and diagrams, the various terminology, construction, and configuration of historic bridges is discussed. A presentation on inspecting historic bridges is also available. This page also features some formal, yet easy-to-read, essays that further explore the historic bridge world.
An archive of presentations given by
HistoricBridges.org, plus numerous articles relating to historic bridges. This section also includes some non-bridge related photos. Some of the
major features include:
- Downloadable presentations previously given by HistoricBridges.org.
- A database of the various iron and steel brands found on bridge metal.
- A discussion of Michigan's ornamental "Type R4" bridge railing.
- An in-depth look at curved chord through girder bridges.
A comprehensive visitor's guide to this unique park located in Calhoun County, Michigan whose focus is the restored metal truss bridges within the park. Contains maps, photos, and links to bridge browser pages for the historic bridges within the park.
The Prints Store is where you can purchase quality prints of selected photos from HistoricBridges.org taken by Nathan Holth. Photos are organized into folders by state/province. Don't see the bridge and/or photo you would like a print of? Contact us and let us know what photo you would like and we will upload it to the store so you can purchase your prints.
A large number (but not all) of HistoricBridges.org's 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.
Presented through the convenient format of Twitter, the Historic Bridge Newsroom is a simple collection of links to current news articles about historic bridges, as well as word-of-mouth news snippets. Coverage includes any historic bridges in the United States and Canada, which may or may not be in the Bridge Browser. This is a human-edited list of links; therefore coverage may be biased to the areas that those team members who maintain it are familiar with.
Features a collection of external links to other bridge websites on the Internet. Many other bridge enthusiast websites feature bridges from areas not covered by this website, and links to those websites can be found here.
January 7, 2016 - Ontario Update 2 Complete
Addition of bridges from an Fall 2015 trip to increase coverage of Ontario (Mostly Wellington and Dufferin Counties) is now complete.
August 28, 2015 - Ontario Update 1 Complete
Addition of bridges from an early Spring 2015 trip to increase coverage of Ontario "Cottage Country" area is now complete, as are several additions for the Toronto area. Note, an additional Ontario trip is planned next month to increase SW Ontario coverage. These bridges will be added during the fall/winter season, and together these updates should vastly increase the continuity of HistoricBridges.org's coverage Ontario. HistoricBridges.org remains the most complete listing of old/heritage bridges in Ontario on the known Internet.
Also, Photos Were Added To The Following Bridge Pages:
May 8, 2015 - New Mobile-Optimized Bridge Browser For Smartphone Users
"Mobile First" is a buzzword web designers use to indicate that a website is designed with smartphones in mind. However, it also could describe HistoricBridges.org's commitment to leading the way of bringing history to today's technology! HistoricBridges.org is proud to unveil a redesigned homepage and Bridge Browser that is mobile optimized, making HistoricBridges.org the first historic bridge database in North America to meet Google's new "mobile friendly" specifications! Our intent was to redesign the viewing experience for smartphone users so everything fits on the screen and is big enough to read, while not eliminating any content. The other intent is to provide a website that is "responsive" and automatically displays in the traditional format for users visiting the website on a desktop/laptop. Our goal: a Bridge Browser that looks just as great as it always has on a desktop/laptop, but now also looks great on a smartphone.
Currently, all parts of the Bridge Browser are redesigned, with the exception of the State/Province Map pages. Since those pages consist of large maps with numerous small hot-linked counties, making them easy to use on a small screen presents a challenge. For now, mobile users who don't like "panning and zooming" on the state/province maps are encouraged to use BridgeSeek, as well as the direct links to all counties/regions/districts in the Bridge Browser, which are available in the new menu system at the upper left corner of your screen, since these options for navigating the Bridge Browser are fully optimized for mobile users.
We hope you like what you see, but please feel free to report and bugs or problems as it is a substantially reprogrammed interface. Note: Some of our more complex bridge narratives that have many in-text photos may still require you to "pan and zoom" on your phone's browser. Also note that we have not mobile-optimized other website features, such as the Historic Bridge Encyclopedia.
March 12, 2015 - Ohio Update Added
A 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.
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.