The east spans of the Horn’s Ferry Bridge. Photo taken by the author in August 2011

This page features a list of forums and inquiries either asked by the author or brought to the attention by the readers and those who have projects in the pipeline but need help. It is open to everyone and therefore, if you have any questions for the forum or need help for a book, please contact Jason D. Smith via e-mail at:, and they will be posted in the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles and listed here.

The following inquiries include:


Photos, Postcards and Information/Stories on Iowa’s Truss Bridges for Book  (J. Smith)

Pennsylvania truss bridges in Iowa (J. Smith)

Mystery Bridge photos

The Bridges of Madison County, Iowa



15 Responses

  1. Tom Kempton

    Looking for a picture of the Johnson Ferry wooden bridge over the Chattahoochee
    river on Johnson Ferry Rd. Atlanta, Georgia. It existed up to and beyond 1964.

    If you can help, let me know.

  2. Marvin Perkins

    Ragbrai 2013 took us over some beautiful bridges. One in particular was green steel on (probably 100) concrete pillars. I have a photo but can’t attach in this forum. It has what appears to be a # 50 sign on it (Route, highway, marker). Can you help?

  3. sandy

    I’ve seen a picture of a bridge, I believe it is in PA. A plaque states “this bridge was rebuilt by the Tustin Merchantile Company” maybe after the war in 1776, I think the plaque was placed in 1976. Any information will be most appreciated.
    Thank You, Sandy

  4. Carl du Toit

    Want to sent some Photos of first bridge over Orange River is South Africa, the Old Wagon Bridge need your e-mail address

      1. Todd Zangel

        Courtland Cutoff Bridge New Ulm, MN

        Located over the Minnesota River 300 feet north of the present 20th Street Bridge, the Courtland Cutoff Bridge featured two Pratt through truss spans with Town lattice portal bracings supported by 45° heels. The bridge’s end posts and vertical posts were both V-laced, and it appeared to be built of iron. Although there are no records as to who built the 1892 bridge, the portal bracings and the builders plaques are typical of that built by Massilion Bridge Company in Ohio. But more information is needed to confirm this argument. The 335-foot bridge served traffic until 1978, when the present bridge was built on a new alignment. By 1980, the bridge was moved to the history books with the parts being reused for other purposes. Today, like the truss bridge, the Courtland Cutoff serves as a shortcut to Mankato without having to drive through down town New Ulm.

        The KingIron Bridge Co from Cleveland Ohio built this bridge, It was much further up river than 300 feet from the present 20th south st bridge, it was at 13th south front. I own the property the picture with the A-20 is taken from.

  5. Todd Zangel

    I looked up King Iron Bridge Co. on their site, they have a picture of a No. 4 standard bridge plate, it is very much like the ones that were on the Courtland Cutoff Bridge in New Ulm, MN. They had 1892 on top, and only, King Iron Bridge Co. Cleveland, O. on the larger lower area.
    Some King Iron Bridge plates had Ohio in full, these did not, they only had the O.
    I was disappointed it wasn’t on their list of known bridge locations?
    When the bridge was removed, the road (Courtland St) was vacated and one half of the Brown County side went to my father Robert Zangel.
    Our family grew up swimming and fishing from this Bridge and remember it well.

  6. Carmel Ravanello

    This Heritage Bridge in River Canard is destined to be demolished can anyone help?

    This unusual bowstring-arch bridge adjoins our family’s property at 2041 2nd Concession North, (River Canard) Amherstburg. Our family has lived in this community for more than 50 years, and understandably, the bridge has become somewhat of a defining feature of the landscape and the community, which boasts a similarly unique bridge (which has recently undergone restoration rather than replacement). This other bridge located about a mile away in front of St. Joseph’s Church in River Canard (Ontario) is also a familiar landmark for the community. Together they represent River Canard to the community and its visitors and are highlighted on Amherstburg’s Cultural Inventory website.

    We were dismayed to learn that contrary to what the Amherstburgs Engineering Department’s submission to the town’s 2017 Proposed Capital Budget (2017 Budget – pg 35), that “this iconic small bridge deserves to be preserved and is long overdue for a comprehensive rehabilitation sympathetic to the original design”, that the requests for tenders calls for the “demolition, removal and replacement” of the current bridge, without any regard for or reference to the aforementioned budget notes.

    This charming and endearing bridge enhances the local landscape (which suffers significantly from the recent scars of solar farming). Altering or removing this historical and architectural treasure would be a shock to the local scenery and a significant loss to our community.

    Our interest lies in preserving this bridge and the heritage that it represents for the entire community.

    What can be done to ensure that this mandate of the “Amherstburg Engineering Department” is undertaken, and that the bridge is preserved as part of our community’s architectural heritage?

    Your assistance in preserving one of Canada’s last standing bow-string bridges would be greatly appreciated.


    Carmel & Patricia Ravanello

    (519) 966-2121 Carmel -home

    (519) 252-9009 Patricia – home

    (519) 252-9009 cell

  7. Carmel Ravanello

    Jason, I have tried to email you at email supplied above but it comes back undeliverable… do you have another email address I can use.

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