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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 (8-5-21). Follow our Facebook Page to get notified of website updates.

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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 6925 bridges available in the Bridge Browser.

BridgeSeek Search: Click Here To Begin


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Talbot and Kenmawr Avenue Ramp Bridges
Rankin: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania This pair of bridges offer unusual construction details as they serve their purpose of providing an approach to the Rankin Bridge entrance. Click to visit page.

 Interactive Map of Available States and Provinces

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Canada
Alberta   British Columbia   Ontario   Québec   Saskatchewan
Worldwide Countries and Regions
Brazil (Brasil)   China (中国)   Europe and the United Kingdom   Japan (日本)   Pakistan (پاکِستان)   Southeast Asia

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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

HistoricBridges.org 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 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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Iron and Steel Brands: A Catalog of Steel Mill Marks

Iron and Steel Brands

This is a one-stop photographic catalog of the names of steel mills found on bridges in the United States and around the world. The wording and design of these mill marks/brands changed over the years and in some cases can assist in dating the iron/steel materials on a bridge.

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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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HistoricBridges.org Facebook Page

Prints Store

HistoricBridges.org maintains a Facebook page. The Facebook page is a convienient way to be notified of major updates to the website and other important news relating to the website and historic bridges.

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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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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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Website Updates

August 5, 2021 - Ongoing North American Updates

This summer, most updates have been focused on adding bridges from a couple trips to fill in coverage for states with existing coverage... states such as Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Missouri. Many of these additions include high significance bridges that were for whatever reason not documented in previous bridge trips. In addition, we continue to post wonderful photos from contributors in Ontario, so many additions for Canada continue to be added to the website.

View The Latest Additions To The Website

In addition new photo galleries have been added to existing bridge pages:

Gale Bridge

Cairo Mississippi River Bridge

Cairo Ohio River Bridge

April 8, 2021 -  Alabama

This update releases all results of a recent Alabama documentation project to visit many of the top historic bridges in the state.

View The Latest Additions To The Website

February 13, 2021 -  Continuing Misc. Additions

Cleanup of the backlog of bridges continues. All remaining bridges from past overseas trips have been added. Meanwhile, in the USA, a number of bridges for Florida have been added as well as a few other states.

January 13, 2021 -  Continuing Misc. Additions Including Vietnam and Thailand

We continue to add a variety of bridges from many locations to the website. Bridges in Vietnam and Thailand have been added.

January 13, 2021 -  Continuing Misc. Additions Including Japan

We continue to add a variety of bridges from many locations to the website. Recent updates include some bridges in Tokyo, Japan (excluding some of the top bridges which were enclosed for painting during this 2018 trip). Also added are all the historic bridges in Tampa, Florida. Lastly, some misc. bridges in Ontario, Canada have been added. See also added photos for the demolished Portage Viaduct in New York State.

October 30, 2020 -  Appalachian Mountains Highlights

This update package was the result of a trip designed to document high significance bridges in this mountainous region where the quantity of historic bridges is relatively low. Coverage stretches over several states.

October 30, 2020 -  Continuation of North America Coverage Expansion

Weekly additions to the website continue, so please check back often to see the latest bridges added to the website. The most recent updates focus on bridges from a variety of states, particularly Indiana and Pennsylvania.

October 10, 2020 -  Completion of Texas Update Package

Weekly additions to the website continue, so please check back often to see the latest bridges added to the website. The most recent updates focus on bridges from a variety of states and Ontario, including far northern Ontario.

September 29, 2020 -  Completion of Texas Update Package

Weekly additions to the website continue, so please check back often to see the latest bridges added to the website. The most recent updates complete the Texas update package from the 2019 trip. There are now 185 bridges for Texas.

August 24, 2020 -  Completion of Louisiana Update Package

Weekly additions to the website continue, so please check back often to see the latest bridges added to the website. The most recent updates complete the Louisiana update package from the 2019 trip.

August 14, 2020 -  Continuation of North America Coverage Expansion

Weekly additions to the website continue, so please check back often to see the latest bridges added to the website. The most recent updates have been primarily focused on Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Ontario.

August 3, 2020 -  Continuation of North America Coverage Expansion

Weekly additions to the website continue, so please check back often to see the latest bridges added to the website. The most recent updates have been primarily focused on Louisiana.

July 25, 2020 -  Continuation of North America Coverage Expansion

Weekly additions to the website continue, so please check back often to see the latest bridges added to the website. The most recent updates have been primarily focused on Texas and West Virginia.

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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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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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