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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.





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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 standalone version of the Bridge Browser is available.

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Paxton Bridge
Rural: Washington County, Pennsylvania This tiny pony truss is among the first bridges to ever use a rolled H-section for a top chord. Click to visit page.

 Interactive Map of Available States and Provinces

There are currently 3977 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.


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 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.

Click here to visit the page for the Old Lakshore Road Bridge

Port Huron Railroad Bridge

Located in Port Huron, Michigan, this 1931 through truss bascule bridge is one of only three bascule bridges in Michigan using a design patented in 1921 by Hugo Abt for the American Bridge Company. Including this bridge, only six examples of this type are known to remain nationwide today, making the design exceedingly rare. Additionally, the Port Huron bridge appears to have the longest span of this type. It is also a prominent local landmark.

Today abandoned in its raised position, the bridge is owned by the Port Huron Yacht Club who purchased the land and the bridge. The Club is seeking to demolish this historic bridge, yet lacks concrete plans for using the land around the bridge.

Many people in Port Huron appreciate the beauty and heritage of this bridge and have expressed their support for preserving this landmark.

Click here to visit the page for the Port Huron Pere Marquette Railroad Bridge

An Introduction to Historic Bridges

An Introduction to Historic Truss Bridges Informative presentations designed to introduce viewers to the world of historic bridges. Utilizing photos and diagrams, the various terminology, construction, and configuration of historic bridges is discussed. A presentation on inspecting historic bridges is also available. This page also features some formal, yet easy-to-read, essays that further explore the historic bridge world.
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Historic Bridges Encyclopedia

Historic Bridges Encyclopedia This feature contains articles relating to historic bridges, as well as information about entire categories of historic bridges. This section also includes some non-bridge related photos. Some of the major features include:
- An all-in-one collection of some of the best bridge photos available in wallpaper size.
- A look at historic metal water towers, which share a lot of design characteristics with truss bridges.
- A collection of interesting photos of the natural world.
- An in-depth look at curved chord through girder bridges.
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Historic Bridge Park: A Visitor's Guide

Historic Bridge Park: A Visitor's Guide A comprehensive visitor's guide to this unique park located in Calhoun County, Michigan whose focus is the restored metal truss bridges within the park. Contains maps, photos, and links to bridge browser pages for the historic bridges within the park.
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HistoricBridges.org Prints Store

Prints Store The Prints Store is where you can purchase quality prints of selected photos from HistoricBridges.org taken by Nathan Holth. Photos are organized into folders by state/province. Don't see the bridge and/or photo you would like a print of? Contact us and let us know what photo you would like and we will upload it to the store so you can purchase your prints.
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Turning the Tide

Turning The Tide Your help is needed! Help an important piece of historic bridge legislation revised and passed in 2007 to increase historic bridge preservation: A guide to write letters to U.S. government officials and legislators. These proposed changes did not pass in 2006 because the government felt that not enough citizens had spoken up in favor of historic bridges. Help change that!
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Historic Bridge Newsroom: Twitter

Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory: Metal Truss Bridges Presented through the convenient format of Twitter, the Historic Bridge Newsroom is a simple collection of links to current news articles about historic bridges, as well as word-of-mouth news snippets. Coverage includes any historic bridges in the United States and Canada, which may or may not be in the Bridge Browser. This is a human-edited list of links; therefore coverage may be biased to the areas that those team members who maintain it are familiar with.
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Links to Related Websites

Links to Related Websites Features a collection of external links to other bridge websites on the Internet. Many other bridge enthusiast websites feature bridges from areas not covered by this website, and links to those websites can be found here.
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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.!
($11.95 Canadian)

Available Now Direct From The Publisher!

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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.

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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.

Website Updates

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.

July 24, 2014 - Two Bridges

Summer is a time when less website updates occur and more time is spent visiting and photographing bridges. However, we wanted to get the vastly improved photo-documentation of two doomed bridges out quickly, so those are now available. The quality of the overview photos and the number of detail photos has been vastly improved for the following bridges. Narratives were also improved.

Ironton-Russell Bridge

Donora-Webster Bridge

June 4, 2014 - PA,WV,KY Update

This update features bridges photographed by Elaine Deutsch in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

View The Latest Additions To The Website

March 28, 2014 - Iowa Update

This update completes the addition of bridges in eastern Iowa. It also includes a few bridges from locations in bordering states near Iowa.

March 12, 2014 - New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Update

This update completes the addition of a group of bridges from a 2013 trip to New York City, Eastern New Jersey, and bridges in the counties around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

February 14, 2014 - Ontario Update Plus A Few Missouri and Kentucky Bridges. Plus, Ongoing East Coast Update

This website update adds bridges from Peoria, Illinois and surrounding counties. It also adds bridges from Racine, Wisconsin and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Also, check back into the Latest Additions link below over the next few weeks. An ongoing update is adding bridges for Massachusetts, New York City, Eastern New Jersey, and bridges in the counties around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. As of 2-14-13, all Massachusetts bridges have been added.

February 7, 2014 - Ontario Update Plus A Few Missouri and Kentucky Bridges

This website update adds a bunch of bridges to Ontario, in particular eastern Ontario (an area previously not well covered by this website) and in Wellington County (including Guelph)

There also were a few big bridges from Missouri and Kentucky added. More bridges from these states will be added in future updates this year.

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.

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