Author Archives: Jason D. Smith

2014 Historic Bridge Weekend in Michigan

Three-day Event to take place September 5-7, 2014. Labor Day weekend usually marks the end of summer and the start of the school year throughout the US, unless you are living in some states that have already started school. Yet … Continue reading

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Portland Waterworks Bridge for Sale: Any Takers?

  PORTLAND, OREGON-  Mail order truss  bridge- truss bridges with welded connections that are assembled at the company but taken to its final destination for installment as a pedestrian crossing- seems to be the norm nowadays. While they are easy … Continue reading

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Linz Railroad Bridge Update: Aktionstag at Donaupark Urfahr on September 12

            Mark the date on your calendar: 12 September, 2014 at 6:00pm (Central European Time) at Donaupark Urfahr in Linz, Austria. The Group Initiative Save the Linz Railway Bridge (Rettet die Eisenbahnbrücke) is hosting the … Continue reading

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Linz Railroad Bridge Preservation: Interview

The next Chronicles entry takes us back to Linz in central Austria, and in particular, this bridge over the Danube. Two years ago, the Chronicles published an article about the future of this three-span hybrid Parker-Whipple through truss span that … Continue reading

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Mystery Bridge 46: The Disappearing Bridge in Nicollet County, Minnesota

Just recently, as I was looking for some information on some historic bridges for a book on one of the rivers in Minnesota, I happened to stumble across this bridge by chance. Located over the Minnesota River south of Fort … Continue reading

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Mystery Bridge Nr. 45: The Disappearing Bridge at Schoolfield Road

How long does it take for an abandoned bridge to be ignored before it becomes an important agenda on the desk of the local government? And what actions are usually taken when the issue comes about and why? It is … Continue reading

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Mystery Bridge 44: Fink Truss Bridge in San Antonio

The Fink Truss: one of the most unusual of truss bridge types ever designed and built.  Invented and patented in 1854 by Albert Fink, the truss design features a combination of Warren and Bollmann trusses, and with the diagonal beams … Continue reading

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Old Red Bridge in Columbia Falls, Montana

  Montana: its mountainous landscape, its lucious vegetation, its gorgeous bridges. In the state about the size of France with 2 million inhabitants, it holds a vast array of historic bridges, many of them built between 1890 and 1930 and … Continue reading

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Clarendon Bridge in Monroe County, Arkansas

Sister Bridges. They may look alike in structural appearance. They may be built at the same time. They may have been built by the same bridge builder. The difference though is where they are located, how each of the structures … Continue reading

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Mystery Bridge Nr. 43: Blaine’s Crossing

Not included in the tour of Bertram (Iowa)’s historic bridges but worth noting is this bridge. The Blaine’s Crossing Bridge spans Big Creek between Highways 151 and 13 and Bertram. The Pratt through truss bridge can be seen clearly from … Continue reading

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