Mystery Bridge Nr. 72: A Concrete Camelback Bridge Near Altenburg, Germany

Concrete camelback bridges- one of the rarest but most valuable landmarks in bridge engineering. Developed by C.V. Dewart in the state of Michigan in the 1910s, this bridge type is technically a pony or through girder bridge made of concrete, but instead of straight, rectangular railings, these bridges are characterized by their top curved railing…
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Showdown At Fehmarn

   Co-produced with sister column, The Flensburg Files Petition Drive to Stop the Construction of the Tunnel at Puttgarden in Full Gear; Discussion about the Fehmarn Bridge’s Future is on. BURG/ FEHMARN- For the second time in three years, I had a chance to take a trip to the German Island of Fehmarn, located between…
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Experience And Common Sense Are Key

 The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles interviews an experienced truck driver and talks about bridges, GPS, and self-responsibility on the highway.  This article starts off with a quote by former Temple men’s basketball coach John Chaney, who lectured a rowdy crowd during a basketball game in 2005, in response to someone throwing an object onto the court, by saying…
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Mystery Bridge Nr. 71: The Two Rivers Golf Course Bridge In Sioux City, Iowa

After a brief history of the Bonnie Doon Railroad and its main crossing over the Rock River in Lyon County, the next mystery bridge takes us down the Big Sioux River to its last original crossing, before the coming of the Interstate Highway era, until its confluence with the Missouri River. The Three Corner’s Bridge…
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Mystery Bridge Nr. 70: Bonnie Doon’s Crossing

Our 70th mystery bridge keeps us in Iowa but takes us almost to the other corner of the land of corn and farming, namely Lyon County and in particular, this bridge. While doing some research on bridges in the county many years ago at the Lyon County Historical Society in Rock Rapids, I came across…
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