- USA: AL-MA
- Indiana - A-K
- Indiana - L-W
- Iowa - A-H
- Iowa - I-W
- USA: MI-NJ
- Michigan A-G
- Michigan H-ME
- Michigan Mi-Z
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- USA: NY-OH
- New York A-J
- New York L-W
- Ohio A-L
- Ohio M-Z
- USA: PA-WI
- Pennsylvania A-J
- Pennsylvania L-Z
- South Carolina
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- British Columbia
- Ontario A-K
- Ontario L-Y
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Nathan Holth - Author, Webmaster, and Photographer.
Rick McOmber - Photographer and Content Advisor.
Luke Gordon - Engineering / Construction Consultant and Photographer.
|HistoricBridges.org offers professional photo-documentation, information, and advocacy for all types of historic bridges except covered bridges. North American coverage radiates outward from
Michigan, with Pennsylvania, Chicago, and Ontario being coverage highlights as well. HistoricBridges.org places an unparalleled priority on comprehensive and detail-oriented photo-documentation of each bridge presented. In
addition, HistoricBridges.org strongly advocates for the reform of surface transportation policy and fights to increase awareness of the feasibility of historic bridge preservation. HistoricBridges.org is guided by the
philosophy that placing a greater funding focus on the maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation of existing bridges, whether historic or not, is the the best solution for a country's aging and deteriorating bridges.
Click Here For The Latest Website Update (12-4-14).
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|Featuring historic bridge photo-documentation and information, the Bridge Browser is the main feature on this website. The map shown here is an interactive clickable map that allows you to
access the bridges on this website. Places listed in blue text have bridges available.
BridgeSeek, an advanced search tool, is also available. Also, a
of the Bridge Browser is available.
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There are currently 4034 bridges available in the Bridge Browser.
Click here to view the latest additions to the Bridge Browser. Note: This list of newly added bridges may include bridge pages which are still under construction.
Bridge Browser listings are also included in Google's Field Trip app, which runs on smartphones and Google Glass. It will list (or alert you to) bridges that are nearby, and includes a photo and narrative for the bridge, followed by a link to the corresponding Bridge Browser entry on HistoricBridges.org. Click the below icon to learn about and download Field Trip.
Bridge Spotlight:Approximate Time Remaining Until All United States Historic Metal Truss Bridges Not Preserved Are Demolished:
A Tale of Two Cities: Trying To Save Bridges In Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario
On either side of the St. Clair River, which divides the United States and Canada, two ongoing fights for two historic bridges continue to work to save significant community landmarks from demolition.
Old Lakeshore Road Bridge
Located in Sarnia Ontario, and also called the Cull Drain Bridge, this is an exceedingly rare surviving example of a bridge documented as having been built by the Sarnia-based firm of Jenks-Dresser. Built in 1910, the bridge is also technologically significant on a provincial level as an early surviving example of a polygonal Warren truss bridge in Ontario. Most pony truss bridges built during this period did not have polygonal top chords. Finally, the bridge's 100 foot length is fairly long for a pony truss built during this time.
This bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic for many years, but was a popular crossing for pedestrians walking along the beautiful Lake Huron shoreline until it was closed to pedestrians following an inspection. Now there is a debate about whether to restore the bridge or demolish it.
Port Huron Railroad Bridge
News and Updates
Chicago's Bridges Book Now Available!
By Nathan Holth, author of HistoricBridges.org, this book provides a discussion of the history of Chicago's movable bridges, and includes a virtual tour discussing all movable bridges remaining in Chicago today. The book includes dozens of full color photos.
Only $9.95 U.S.!
Looking For A Pedestrian or Light Vehicular Bridge?Whether you are a park, trail organization, college, city, or private landowner, you want your property to be something unique and special. Why settle for a boring, dull pre-fabricated pedestrian bridge when you can get a beautiful historic bridge to do the same thing? The following states maintain a list of bridges which you can acquire, relocate and restore. These bridges normally can be acquired free of charge, so use the money you were going to put toward buying a pre-fab bridge and instead use it to restore the bridge. Not sure how to restore a bridge? HistoricBridges.org can help guide you to people and firms that can help, or you can just get in touch with Bach Steel. Note: these bridges will be demolished if nobody acquires them.
Nationwide Listings On BridgeHunter.com
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Historic Bridge Foundation
The Historic Bridge Foundation works to encourage government agencies and officials to preserve historic bridges, the Foundation provides consultation and guidance to individuals and groups seeking to preserve historic bridges. The expertise available at the Foundation is evidenced by the fact that HistoricBridges.org frequently refers people to the Foundation for further assistance beyond what HistoricBridges.org itself provides.
If you have any questions about why a donation to the Historic Bridge Foundation is worthwhile, feel free to contact HistoricBridges.org. Alternatively, learn more about the Historic Bridge Foundation at their website www.historicbridgefoundation.com.
December 4, 2014 - Pacific Northwest UpdatesAdding bridges to the Pacific Northwest continues. In addition to new bridges currently being added, four existing pages (for highly significant bridges), which previously had only guest photos have been supplemented with a traditional in-house full detail-oriented photo-documentation by HistoricBridges.org. The bridges are:
Niagara Canyon Bridge
Cowichan River Railway Bridge
Johnson Street Bridge
November 26, 2014 - Belated Historic Bridge Awareness MonthNovember is Historic Bridge Awareness Month and ironically we at HistoricBridges.org haven't been able to devote as much time to promoting this awareness effort this year as we had hoped, as we found ourselves busy working with historic bridges: adding one of the greatest coverage increases ever to the Bridge Browser, that of Washington State and neighboring areas including British Columbia, while also conducting a bridge documentation in the southeastern United States and the potentially incredible discovery that a swing bridge in Florida may be the oldest swing bridge in the country.
In 2015, we plan to work with other organizations to better promote Historic Bridge Awareness Month.
Meanwhile, Craig Holstine, historian for Washington State Department of Transportation was interviewed today by Chris Hansen for a talk show on KPQ Radio about Historic Bridge Awareness Month and Washington State's beautiful historic bridges (which we are in progress of adding to HistoricBridges.org). The excellent interview on KPQ embodies the spirit of Historic Bridge Awareness Month. Click here to listen to a recording of the interview.
November 5, 2014 - A Few More Pacific Northwest BridgesA few more bridges from the Pacific Northwest trip have been added. As the bridges are being added to the website, they won't initially be available through the maps and menus of the Bridge Browser until an official update package is released. You can however preview the bridges using the link below. Check back off and on as more bridges may be added to the list.
October 30, 2014 - The Start of Something Big
Over this winter, HistoricBridges.org will be bringing coverage of Washington State and some of the surrounding states and British Columbia to the website. Please enjoy this preview of the first bridge page created as part of this effort, which hints at some of the incredible bridges to come.
September 12, 2014 - Pine Island Drive and Future Updates
The busy summer bridge trip season is rapidly winding down. The fall and winter will be occupied with preparing and adding photos from a number of trips including one of the greatest bridge trips ever made, which will bring coverage for several states and a Canadian province to to the website.
In the meantime, new photos for the freshly rehabilitated Pine Island Drive Bridge along with a narrative update for that bridge have been released.
January 24, 2014 - All Old Bridge Browser Pages Upgraded
Over three years ago, HistoricBridges.org switched from an old fashioned system of static web page files for each bridge in the Bridge Browser to a modern dynamic template system that is loaded via a PHP and MySQL Database system. This allows us to make site-wide changes and improvements by editing a single file. It also makes sure every bridge browser page has a consistent interface, and also means pages are updated immediately when something in the database is edited or added. Switching to this system also meant that thousands of bridge pages had to be manually converted to the new system. After three years, this process is finally complete following an exhaustive effort this month to update the remaining 200 bridges. Most of the final old pages that were updated were from Michigan, Ontario, northern Indiana, and northwestern Ohio. Many of these pages (some constituting some of the first bridges on the website) were also the last remaining pages on the website with really old narratives and equally old photo galleries that were not grouped and had no captions. The photo galleries for these pages have therefore been improved (and in many cases expanded with additional photos from our archives) and the narratives have been improved including correcting many inaccuracies.