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Historic Bridges .org

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 (1-18-18).




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HistoricBridges.org Features

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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 4841 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.

BridgeSeek Search: Click Here To Begin


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Charlevoix Bridge
Charlevoix: Charlevoix County, Michigan A classic Michigan plate girder bascule bridge with unusual altered guardrails. Click to visit page.

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Additional Website Features

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An Introduction to Historic Bridges

An Introduction to Historic Truss Bridges

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.

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Historic Bridges Encyclopedia

Historic Bridges Encyclopedia

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.

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Historic Bridge Park: A Visitor's Guide

Historic Bridge Park: A Visitor's Guide

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.

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HistoricBridges.org Prints Store

Prints Store

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.

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Google Field Trip

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.

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Historic Bridge Newsroom: Twitter

Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory: Metal Truss Bridges

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.

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Links to Related Websites

Links to Related Websites

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.

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Website Updates

January 18, 2018 -  Misc. Updates

A couple more bridges in Europe have been added to confirm the functionality of the enhanced world-wide capacity of the HistoricBridges.org database. Expect to see more bridges in Europe and the UK slowly added over the year. In North America, bridges from various states and provinces have been added over the past couple months as well, the maps, menus and search tools have been updated to include all locations added up to this date.

Some behind-the-scenes website cleanup and database adjustments have also been made recently, and while everything seems to be working correctly, if you notice any unusual errors or pages not loading please contact us.

View The Latest Additions To The Website

December 20, 2017 -  Global Coverage Enhancements and Additions, and Ongoing Additions in USA.

The website has been slightly redesigned to better support overseas bridge entries. Several years ago the website was expanded to include less than a handful of bridges overseas, mostly as a test, using guest and Creative Commons photos from the Internet. This year, actual HistoricBridges.org trips have taken place including in China and eastern Europe. Thus, the "testing" of overseas coverage has ended, and the website design tweaks will ensure the website will fully support bridges added from any coverage. To inaugurate this redesign, two bridges from China have been added. Look for a handful of additional bridges in China as well as bridges in eastern Europe to be added in 2018. Also, additional overseas trips are planned for 2018 which will ultimately further expand global listings on HistoricBridges.org.

HistoricBridges.org global coverage is not planned to be extremely extensive or to overshadow the primary coverage areas of the United States and Canada. However, it is intended that the global coverage will help highlight some of the noteworthy historic bridges beyond the North American borders, and also create a sense of context in a global sense for bridges in North America.

Back in North America, bridges are being added from a variety of states and provinces, and this process continues. Ultimately, a lot of high significance bridges from a variety of states will be added, and better coverage for the states of Illinois and Virginia will be introduced going into the new year.

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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.!
($11.95 Canadian)

Available Now Direct From The Publisher!

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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

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 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:

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Historic Bridge Foundation
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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.

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