Mystery Bridge Nr. 26: Unusual Truss Bridge In Iowa

Have you come across an unusual bridge while travelling or bridgehunting? If so, what did the bridge look like, and did you do some research to determine what bridge type it was? Many engineers came up with rather unusual bridge designs during the age of industrialization between 1850 and 1920 which were experimented on roads…
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Newsflyer 30 July, 2013

Madison-Milton Bridge falls to progress, Iowa Historic Bridge Weekend in Two Weeks, New Hampshire Historic Bridge’s fate in question After a few days absence due to non-bridge related commitments, the Chronicles has a few articles that will be coming in the next couple days. Most of which are in connection with the Historic Bridge Weekend,…
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World Heritage Site For Historic Bridges

Historic Bridges and national recognition. Pending on which country your bridge is located in, bridges like this one in Germany, the Rendsburg High Bridge over the Baltic-North Sea Canal between Hamburg and Flensburg, are protected by federal preservation laws based on their structural integrity, cultural heritage, history in terms of engineering, technology, the connection to…
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A Bridge Type Making A Comeback: The Melan Arch Bridge

Now the answer to the pop quiz: In 1894, an Austrian-Bohemian engineer, Frederick von Emperger, decided to experiment with a bridge design over a small stream northeast of Rock Rapids, Iowa. This design was first introduced by his professor, Josef Melan, while studying at the German Technical College in Prague, and featured an elliptical arch…
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Name That Bridge Type: A Bridge Type Making A Comeback

While truss bridges are making their comeback in a modern form to serve as either a pedestrian or vehicular crossing, this bridge type is rumored to be coming back as well. This is the subject of the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles’ Pop Quiz. This bridge was the first of its kind to be built in the United…
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