2014 Ammann Awards for Best Kept Secret/ Tour Guide

Pont de l’Anglos in France. One of the Best Kept Secret candidates. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langlois_Bridge

Here are the list of candidates for the 2014 Ammann Awards in the category of Best Kept Secret in the areas of individual bridges and regions with a high number of historic and aesthetically significant bridges. Have a look at the summary and links of the candidates before voting using the links below:











Independence Bowstring Arch Bridge in Independence, Kansas– Built in 1871, this iron bowstring arch bridge is an earlier work of the King Bridge Company in Cleveland, OH. The bridge has been abandoned since 1964 but given its proximity to the city of Independence, it may have an afterlife in a few years. Link: http://bridgehunter.com/ks/montgomery/independence-bowstring/

Front Yard Bridge in Packwood, Washington: Photographer and pontist K.A. Erickson found this bridge sitting on the lawn of a property owner, who purchased the bridge and had it relocated to its present spot. Given the railing features, the concrete bridge dates back to 1915.

Fort Morgan Rainbow Arch Bridge in Colorado: Built in 1923, this 11-span Marsh arch bridge with a total span of 1,100 feet was the longest bridge of its kind when it was built. It has been converted to a pedestrian crossing, providing walkers and bikers with a splendid view of the South Platt River. Link: http://bridgehunter.com/co/morgan/fort-morgan/

Powwow River Polygonal Truss Bridge in Amesbury, MA: This bridge is one of the smallest polygonal through truss bridges ever built. It is a question of what truss design it features. More here.

Clarendon White River Bridge in Monroe County, AR: Spanning the White River, the Clarendon Bridge is one of three sister bridges spanning the White River in Arkansas. Yet the cantilever truss bridge’s future is in doubt as a replacement bridge is being built. Yet efforts are being made to preserve and restore it for bike trail use. More here.

Cincinnati Municipal Water Intake Half Bridge in KY: Located on the Ohio River, this bridge is unusual for it features one through truss leading to a municipal waterworks tower in the middle of the river. This tower helps provide water to nearby Cincinnati. Link: http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=kentucky/intake/


River Durme Bridge in Hamme, Belgium- This bridge has a history in itself as it featured a three-span curved Town lattice pony truss bridge, carrying rail traffic and built in ca. 1870. Yet the center span of the bridge was destroyed by German troops during World War I and was subsequentially replaced with a swing span with Warren truss features. This bridge still serves traffic today.

Monks Bridge on the Isle of Man (the UK)– Located in the northernmost province of the United Kingdom, this bridge features one of the oldest examples of stone arches designed gothically. Possibly built during the Roman era, this bridge is one of the oldest existent structures in the British Isles.

Oschutztal Viaduct in Weida, Germany- Located in the German state of Thuringia, this iron deck Town Lattice deck truss bridge spans the valley where the village of Weida is located. Once serving rail traffic connecting Greiz and Gera, the bridge was abandoned in the 1980s but plans are in the making to repurpose the structure for recreational purposes, especially as it just turned 130 years old this year. Link with photos: http://www.viadukt-weida.de/

Lindaunis Schlei Drawbridge in Eckerfoerde, Germany– Located in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, this combination Strauss Bascule pony truss bridge and Warren bedstead through truss approach span was built in 1927 and serves rail traffic between Kiel and Flensburg. Yet its future is in doubt as plans are underway to replace the structure. More here.

Swimming Bridge in Wuppertal, Germany- Located in North Rhine-Westphalia near Dortmund, this bridge is a primitive version of the pontoon bridge, with a catwalk being supported by boats. More here.

Pont de Langlois / pont Van Gogh, Arles – Bouche-du-Rhône; France– Spanning a small canal in Arles, France, this bridge was the subject of many paintings by Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh. A replica of the double leaf bascule bridge retains its original form and is still a popular attraction today. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langlois_Bridge



The Bridges of Berlin, Germany: There is something mystical about the bridges serving Germany’s capital as spans ranging all the way back to the 1700s can be found here, as well as those barricaded by the Berlin Wall. Link: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2014/12/11/berlin-the-bridges-and-the-wall/ 

The Bridges of Prague, Czech Republic: Over three dozen bridges can be found in the Czech capital, most of them over the Charles River, including the city’s beloved Charles Bridge, built in the Medieval period and still attracts many tourists. Link: http://www.1pragueguide.com/bridges-in-prague

The Bridges of Budapest, Hungary: The Danube divides the Hungarian capital into Buda and Pest, but several crossings, including the Chain Suspension Bridge, Margaret’s Bridge, Liberty Truss Bridge and Langomanyos Bridge tie the city together. Link:  http://www.bridgesofbudapest.com/

The Bridges of Manchester, Great Britain: Once known as one of the dirtiest industrial towns in England, the second largest city behind London is now a huge financial hub, with several bridges, like the Salford Quay, the Blackfriar’s and Albert Bridges connecting the districts. Link: http://manchesterhistory.net/manchester/bridges.html

The Bridges of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan/Ontario: If one thinks of Sault Ste. Marie, one can think of the International Bridges and their double-arches. Yet, there are at least seven more bridges to see on both sides of the border when looking down from the viaduct. This includes two steel arches and a multiple-span steel truss bridge with a vertical lift span, just to name a few. More on the bridges here.



The Bridges of Grand Rapids, Michigan: Located on the Grand River in western Michigan, this city features several historic truss and arch bridges, most of which have been restored and are being used as pedestrian crossings. They are also photo-friendly. Link: http://historicbridges.org/b_a_county.php?county=Kent%20County,%20Michigan

The Bridges of Pittsburgh: The city has a lot to be proud of, apart from the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. The second largest city has a wide array of historic bridges spanning three rivers, among them: the Smithfield, Hot Metal, Warhol, Carson, Clemente, Dusquene, Fort Pitt, Manchester, and Point Bridges, just to name a few. The Pittsburgh Gazette did a series on these bridges which you can view here: http://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/bridges/monongahela/

The Bridges of Doniphan County, Kansas: Located west of St Joseph, this county features a variety of unusual bridges, reused with parts salvaged from other structures. More here.

The Bridges of Bertram, Iowa: Located east of Cedar Rapids, this community has a wide selection of truss bridges dating back to 1885, including the now destroyed Ely Street Bridge. More on the bridges here.

The Bridges of Miami County, Kansas: This county features several truss bridges, including the reverse Parker truss bridge, several arch bridges and two Marsh Arch bridges. It is perhaps the most populous in the state when it comes to historic bridges. Link: http://bridgehunter.com/ks/miami/

The Bridges of Chicago: The windy city has one of the most populous swing and bascule bridges in the world. And this is only part of the story: http://chicagoloopbridges.com/ and http://www.historicbridges.org/b_c_il_cook.htm

The Bridges of Camden State Park in Minnesota: Located southwest of Marshall in Lyon County, the park features remnants of the village of Camden, located in the Redwood River valley. This includes the bridges serving the park, all but one of which are scheduled to be replaced in the near future. More here.

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