I was going through some old photos (October 2007), and remembered that JoAnna took Joey and I to the Gates Mills, OH, Trolley Bridge. Thanks to Google Maps for the satellite image below:
This trolley bridge crosses over the Chagrin River, and was in use from 1899 until 1925, according to Historic Bridges. It is an extant pin-connected truss bridge.
The bridge was quite scenic in the fall, when the leaves were changing.
It was built in 1899 by the New Columbus Bridge Company:
It has been converted to full pedestrian use, so we walked across it.
I took a few photos of the various members of this bridge as well.
JoAnna adds that she designed a scale model of this bridge for a physics project, where the bridge that held the most won. With her model of this bridge, they ran out of weights to hang from it.
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We drove from Rio Rancho, NM, to Silver City, NM, and part of that journey was along windy, scenic NM-152 through Hillsboro. Along the way, there were several old bridges, two of the three of which I was able to photograph safely.
One of the bridges is shown here:
Unfortunately, the name plates had been removed.
There was a second one, identical to this one. One is called “Middle Percha Creek Bridge” and the other is called “Percha Creek Bridge.” These sites are listed on BridgeHunter.com, and have their build year 1929.
I did find that, unfortunately, these bridges will be replaced in winter of 2021, according to the Department of Transportation website.
There was yet another Percha Creek Bridge that has been replaced for traffic, though the original bridge is nearby and can be walked upon. This one was also built in 1929, and featured a historical marker sign.
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A few weeks ago, I drove to Illinois for a chemical process safety workshop hosted by ADM. Along the way, we passed through the town of Moline, KS, which boasted to have the “Oldest Swinging Bridge in Kansas.” We had a little extra time on our hands, so we stopped and visited the site.
It was easy to find from the main road, as there were signs everywhere pointing us to the bridge. Here is a link to the official website, which contains maps, photos and a bit of history.
We walked across the bridge (of course), took our photos, found a geocache under the bridge and played in the crawdad and fossil filled creek below. I intended to stop for ten minutes, but we spent almost two hours looking at the wildlife in the creek as well.
Next to the swinging bridge was a concrete roadway with metal culverts, but I bet this street floods frequently.
There is quite a bit of movement from the old bridge as I walked across. Perhaps it’s time to go on a diet!
The hangers have a forged end to wrap over the suspension cable, and then a bolt to keep the cable in place.
I highly recommend taking a few minutes and seeing the bridge yourself.
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I finished reading this quarter’s Society of Industrial Archeology (SIA) Newsletter. There was a great description of the Fall Tour in Montana. I really considered going on this trip, but it wasn’t in the cards this fall.
I did learn about an old bridge in Cloudcroft, NM, that I will visit in the near future. It is a wooden trestle railroad bridge built in 1899, and it was recently named a National Historical Place.
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Back in 2008, I ended a day of storm chasing by crossing the Missouri River into South Dakota and passed over the Meridian Bridge. I had been there before, but on May 25, 2008, I had time to stop and take some photos.
The bridge is a double-decker draw bridge, with the northbound and southbound lanes stacked on top of one another.
The bridge began construction in 1921, and finished in 1924, according to the plaque mounted on the South Dakota side. For a history of the bridge, check out The City of Yankton’s Page and the Federal Highway Administration’s Page.
It really is a beautiful bridge. If you are ever in the area, you should check it out. While I was there, a gentleman near the bridge said that it was being converted to pedestrian traffic and was being restored. I haven’t found any information on the restoration, but it is nice to think that this bridge will be preserved.
The mechanism for lifting the bridge was removed in 1984, but the large pulleys are still present on the bridge.
On the South Dakota side, there was a tasteful park that had a playground, jogging trail and a few signs with descriptions of the life on the river throughout history.
The jogging trail crossed under the bridge, and so I took a few photos from there.
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One of the fun parts of Industrial Archaeology is that if you look hard enough, you don’t have to go far to find neat things. Some people complain about the impacts that human beings have had on the Earth, and that everywhere you go, there is something “unnatural.” Human beings are a natural being, and it is in our nature to create, use tools and improve our lives. We have learned that crows use tools- do we treat every discarded twig as “trash” that a crow has left behind? What makes that any more natural than our tools?
Anyway, the purpose of this blog is not to jump into philosophy too deeply, so much as it is to teach you to appreciate the world around you.
Over the past few days, I have been in Tempe for a conference. I have been walking with a cane for the last few days, but have been slowly recovering. Yesterday, I was able to walk- and even “go for a walk,” and so I walked around the Salt River park in Tempe. There was an old railroad bridge there that I found quite entertaining.
The bridge itself was built in 1912. At the top of each span was a “1912” in various decorative cutaways. We also found one of the bridge plates that identified this bridge as being built by the
American Bridge Company of New York, USA, 1912.
I walked around the river and crossed a pedestrian bridge, which was every bit as neat as the railroad bridge, though I could not get many pictures of it. Once on the other side I walked towards the railroad bridge to photograph it from the other side of the river.
Once you see it, you start to see the beauty in things you formerly thought were an eyesore:
…and maybe just enjoy a moonlit evening once in a while.
Here is an older steel bridge over the Rio Puerco outside of Bernardo, NM. The bridge is still in use, though traffic along this route is very light. I added a Mapquest map to show where this bridge is located. (1)
(1) http://www.mapquest.com, Accessed 12/29/05