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HistoricBridges.org offers professional detail-oriented photo-documentation, information, and preservation advocacy for all types of historic bridges except covered bridges. HistoricBridges.org is authored by Nathan Holth. Click Here For The Latest Website Update (9-12-18).

HistoricBridges.org Features

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Featuring photo-documentation and narratives, the Bridge Browser offers photo-documentation and narrative discussion for thousands of selected historic bridges. Although selected bridges from around the world are listed, the Bridge Browser focuses on North America. Places listed in blue on the interactive map below have bridges available. The BridgeSeek search tool, is also available. This link has new and under-construction pages. There are currently 5047 bridges available in the Bridge Browser.

BridgeSeek Search: Click Here To Begin


Random Bridge (Click To Load Another)
Arlene Drive Bridge
Flint: Genesee County, Michigan This bridge is among the older of Michigan's steel stringer overpasses that still retains original railings. Click to visit page.

 Interactive Map of Available States and Provinces

United States
Alabama   Arkansas   California   Colorado   Connecticut   Delaware   District of Columbia    Florida   Georgia   Idaho   Illinois   Indiana   Iowa   Kansas   Kentucky   Maine   Massachusetts   Michigan   Minnesota   Missouri   Montana   New Hampshire   New Jersey   New Mexico   New York   Ohio   Oklahoma   Oregon   Pennsylvania   South Carolina   Tennessee   Texas   Utah   Vermont   Virginia   Washington   West Virginia   Wisconsin
Canada
British Columbia   Ontario   Québec   Saskatchewan
Worldwide Countries and Regions
Brazil (Brasil)   China (中国)   Europe and the United Kingdom

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Additional Website Features

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Historic Bridge Finder App: Find Nearby Bridges

Bridge Finder App: Find Nearby Bridges

The Historic Bridge Finder App, produced by the Historic Bridge Foundation, is an app that uses Google Maps and allows you to instantly locate and visit all historic bridges on the HistoricBridges.org Bridge Browser, including instantly listing all bridges that are near your current location (and have not been demolished yet). These features are not available using the HistoricBridges.org website, so download this Apple/Android app today to quickly find and visit bridges on HistoricBridges.org!

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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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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

September 12, 2018 -  Bridge Finder App and Technical Updates

New Website Feature! The Historic Bridge Foundation has developed a Historic Bridge Finder Smartphone app which uses HistoricBridges.org Bridge Browser database. Click here to learn more. Many historic bridge resources online are not designed with mobile users in mind. HistoricBridges.org and the Historic Bridge Foundation are proud to continue to lead the way in offering a mobile-optimized experience for historic bridge enthusiasts with the release of this app.

Additionally, HistoricBridges.org has made some minor interface and technical improvements:

New social media and email/clipboard sharing buttons have replaced the Facebook Like/Share button. You can still share bridge pages to Facebook, but also share to a wide variety of other social media and apps.

Generic explanations/descriptions for the photo/video galleries have been made more concise to preserve screen space on mobile devices. Also, all photo galleries now default to the touch-friendly Popup Viewer interface. A link in the description area remains available to view the photos without the popup viewer (direct links to the photo files). Lastly, HistoricBridges.org has switched to a secure HTTPS protocol, in response to increasing pressure by Google for all websites on the Internet to serve content in a secured environment.

View The Latest Additions To The Website

August 24, 2018 -  More Misc. Updates

A continuing effort to add bridges from a variety of locations is taking place. Over the past couple months bridges from many states have been added. The main focus lately has been not so much to "fill in coverage" for a particular location, but to go through the extensive backlog of bridges awaiting addition to the website and pick some of the high significance bridges.

June 27, 2018 -  Misc. Updates

New Mexico and Colorado have been added to the website, albeit in a minor sense; a handful of bridges in New Mexico and one bridge in Colorado were added. A couple Texas counties were added; efforts to provide basic coverage (limited photo-documentation) of the most important historic bridges in Texas is ongoing, with the long-term goal of supplementing the initial webpages for these bridges with a more traditional full photo-documentation at a later date.

June 15, 2018 -  United Kingdom Updates

This update adds a handful of bridges in the United Kingdom, marking the start of a project to add about 100 bridges from the UK to HistoricBridges.org Among these hundred are the top historic bridges in the UK, including some in this initial introduction. HistoricBridges.org is excited to bring our unique detail-focused photo-documentations to the UK which is home to the best preserved and most significant and unique collection of historic bridges in the world.

April 3, 2018 -  Tennessee Updates

In addition to various updates across the country, a particular update which adds the monumental bridges of downtown Knoxville, Tennesee as well as the Shelby Street Bridge in Nashville is worth noting. Some additonal coverage for Nashville will be added at a later date.

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.

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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