Author Archives: Jason D. Smith

Chambers Ford Bridge for Sale. Any Takers?

Belle Plaine, Iowa-  Tama County: one of many Iowa counties that has more than two dozen pre-1945 bridges left in the state. This includes the steel truss Black Bridge spanning the Iowa River and the Lincoln Highway Bridge near Toledo, … Continue reading

Posted in Bridge Preservation, Bridge Profile USA, For sale- Marketing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to teach Infrastructural History in School

  Joint Article with Sister Column:  In connection with Files’ series on In School in Germany. More on the series can be found here. History- a subject that goes beyond borders and looks at things that we never knew about, … Continue reading

Posted in Misc., News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Otranto Bridge in Iowa Gone!

Whereabouts of Historic Bridge in Mitchell County after Reported Dismantling Unknown. The Otranto Bridge, spanning the Cedar River at St. Angsar, was unique because of its unusual truss design- the Camelback Pennsylvania Petit, one of two remaining in Iowa, according … Continue reading

Posted in Bridge Profile USA, FYI Bridge Newsflash, News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Update on the BB Comer Bridge in Alabama: Collaboration underway with CBF and NSRGA

Author’s note:  Here is an update on the pursuit to purchase the BB Comer Bridge, spanning the Tennessee River at Scottsboro, Alabama. At the moment, collaboration is in progress to purchase the 1930 structure, featuring a cantilever truss span and … Continue reading

Posted in Bridge Profile USA, News | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery Bridge Nr. 38: The Aqueducts of Rome

If one ties this article in with the Mystery Bridge article about the aqueduct in Ravenna, Italy, then one should consider this part II in the search for information and answers to the role of Theoderich the Great in restoring … Continue reading

Posted in Forum, Mystery Bridge, News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Oldest Bridge Book

Question for the Forum: Here is an interesting question for you readers to start off with: What was the oldest known bridge book you have ever read? When was it written and what was the title? Do you know about … Continue reading

Posted in Food for thought, Forum | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Question for the Forum: Parker or Not?

Side view of the bridge. Photos courtesy of Nathan Holth. In connection with the series on the dire state of Massachusetts’ historic bridges and plans to demolish and replace them, here is a unique bridge that is worth mentioning. Located … Continue reading

Posted in Bridge Profile USA, Forum | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Four Massachusetts Historic Bridges Coming Down in 2014

University Avenue Bridge in Lowell already gone. Schell Memorial in Northfield, Salem Street Overpass and South Canal Bridges in Lawrence to follow. Massachusetts- not officially the first state in the union, but the first to make history. The Pilgrims landed … Continue reading

Posted in Bridge Profile USA, FYI Bridge Newsflash, News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Red Bridge as a Romantic Pedestrian Crossing

There is something very special about this particular crossing, especially when I visited it in 2011. We can start with the design features of the Red Bridge, located over the Blue River at Minor Park in the southern part of … Continue reading

Posted in Bridge Profile USA, Forum | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Erie Canal Truss Bridges to be Removed

The bridges at Wruck Road and Peet Street are scheduled to be removed sometime this year after being abandoned for many years. 600 kilometers of boat traffic between Buffalo and Albany and one of the oldest canals in the country. … Continue reading

Posted in Bridge Profile USA, News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment