The Chronicles’ Interview With Julie Bowers

Imagine you have a vintage 1890s historic truss bridge that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places but is in danger of being demolished in favor of a new bridge. The local government knows that the functional life of the structure for automobiles has reached its end and a new bridge is needed…
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Ammann Award Results For 2011

After many entries and votes for the best historic bridges and the people who have made a difference, the Historic Bridge Month has come to a close, but not before announcing the winners of the Othmar H. Ammann Awards for Excellence in the following categories: Lifetime Legacy Award: Vern Mesler: It is rare that there…
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Salisbury Bridge (Meeker County, Minnesota)

When I first knew about the Salisbury Bridge, it was mentioned in a book written by Denis Gardner entitled „Stone, Iron and Steel: A Look at Minnesota’s Historic Bridges,“ an overview guide on the history of bridges in the state and how it contributed to its development.  When looking at the bridge from a view…
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National Historic Bridges Month 2011

Imagine you have a vintage iron truss bridge, abandoned for two decades and left along the roadside to be consumed by nature while being forgotten until a group of people discover it. Noting its unique design and the history of the structure itself and its connection with local history, they band together to try and…
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The Demand For Equality In Historic Bridge Preservation: How Metal Truss Bridges Should Receive Just As Much Recognition As Covered Bridges

Foreword: When we think of historic bridges and US culture and history, two points come to mind, and these are based on a questionnaire conducted last year. The first point is most people will relate the US with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. From a…
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