Author Archives: Jason D. Smith

Mystery Bridge Nr. 60: Unusual Howe Lattice Truss Bridges

Our 60th mystery bridge ironically runs parallel to a highway bearing the same number running through another Minnesota county- Blue Earth! The exceptions though are the following: These are two unusual bridges that have long since been recycled for reuse- … Continue reading

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Mystery Bridge Nr. 59: An Undiscovered Waddell Truss

History sometimes has its doubts, especially when it comes to historic bridge inventories conducted by state and national governments. According to sources by the Minnesota Historic Society and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, there was supposed to be one kingpost … Continue reading

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Film Feature: The Building of the Fehmarn Bridge in Germany

In the past 5-7 years, we have seen an increase in the number of films and documentaries that were either produced by public TV stations for live viewing, or had been produced years back but were recently discovered and posted … Continue reading

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Wagon Wheel Bridge Damaged by Fire

Fire damages east approach span. Investigation ongoing. BOONE, IOWA- Law enforement authorities are investigating a possible arson, which occurred on the Wagon Wheel Bridge most recently. According to reports from multiple sources, the fire was reported by Union Pacific Railroad … Continue reading

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Mystery Bridge Nr. 58: Bridges and Lions

We have read in the news recently of the senseless killing of a popular lion in Zimbabwe and the government’s attempts to seek an extradition of the now defamed poacher- a dentist in Minnesota. And while this heinous criminal act … Continue reading

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The Bridges of Ulm, Germany

Located along the Danube River, the city of Ulm, with a population of over 123,000 is one of the oldest cities in Germany. First mentioned in 850, the city had straddled the river for almost a millenium, making it one … Continue reading

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The Fight to Save Fehmarn Island from Progress

Co-produced with sister column The Flensburg Files FEHMARN, GERMANY-   Last fall, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles did a segment on the preservation of the Fehmarn Bridge, the first bridge in the world that carries the now popular basket-handle tied arch bridge … Continue reading

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Rome Bridge Gone!

ROME/SPRINGFIELD, MO-  While flooding has taken its toll on many bridges in the region, another bridge located in Douglas County, Missouri met its end yesterday. Yet the removal was planned. The Rome Bridge was a two-span Pratt through truss bridge … Continue reading

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Riverside Bridge in Ozark Closed Again

Flood Damage Prompts Immediate Closure; Replacement being Considered OZARK/ SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI-  At about this time four years ago, attempts were made to raise funds, sign petitions and collaborate with government authorites to save and repair the Riverside Bridge in Ozark, … Continue reading

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Firth of Forth Bridge now a World Heritage Site

EDINBURGH/ BONN: One cannot miss this beauty in red when travelling along the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Built in 1890, the three-span steel cantilever bridge still carries rail traffic after 125 years. The work of Sir William Arrol and … Continue reading

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