Author Archives: Jason D. Smith

The Wrong Picture

Over the holiday season, as I was celebrating with family and getting some photo opportunities of some bridges in Iowa and Minnesota, one of my fellow pontists brought this painting up to the attention of the historic bridge community. It … Continue reading

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Green Bridge Update: Mayor’s Run and Fundraisers

DES MOINES- While work will eventually be underway to replace the Grand Avenue Bridge over the Des Moines River in Iowa’s state capital, with a faux pas arch bridge design that is presenting a controversy among the city’s population, work … Continue reading

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Mystery Bridge Nr. 54: The Moritzburg Pavilion Bridge in Zeitz, Germany

Author’s Note: This Mystery Bridge is part of the bridgehunting tour through the small town of Zeitz, located along the River White Elster in the eastern part of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. A tour guide of the town that … Continue reading

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Valley View Trail Bridge to be Relocated

Bridge to become part of a city bike trail. Potential for other steel truss bridges to follow suit? WINTERSET, IOWA- The Bridges of Madison County: Home of its covered bridges, one of a handful counties in the United States that … Continue reading

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Update on the BB Comer Bridge: 31 March, 2015

A new breath of life has been given to the B B Comer Bridge Foundation (CBF) in Alabama and in particular, the North Skunk River Greenbelt Association (NSGRA), located in Iowa, pertaining to the future of the BB Comer Bridge … Continue reading

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Mead Avenue Bridge in Pennsylvania Saved- On its Way to New Home

Mead Avenue Bridge in Meadville, Pennsylvania. One of the most unique bridges in the US and perhaps even beyond. Spanning French Creek, the two-span through truss bridge featured an 1871 worught iron Whipple span encased with a 1912 Baltimore span. … Continue reading

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The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles Now a Website!

Confessions of a writer: Sometimes being away from something you do helps you think of something bigger and better. The past couple months have witnessed not many postings direct from the Chronicles, and for a good reason- the online column … Continue reading

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Cairo Bridge Closed for a Year

      CAIRO, ILLINOIS- It is a prized landmark at a town where the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers meet. Built in 1929 and is a product of the American Bridge Company and the Missouri Valley Iron Works Company, it … Continue reading

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Europabrücke in Rendsburg Coming Down

Co-produced with sister column       RENDSBURG, GERMANY- It’s one of the longest and highest bridges in Schleswig-Holstein: 1457 meters long, 30 meters wide and 50 meters high above the Baltic-North Sea Canal. The Europabrücke, locally known as the … Continue reading

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Fehmarn Bridge Spared/ Industrial Areal Rejected

Co-produced with sister column:       Burg (Fehmarn)-  In the last 20 years, attempts have been made to turn the largest island in Germany, located northeast of Oldenburg in Schleswig-Holstein at the border to Denmark, into an industrial area, especially … Continue reading

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