Link and Information on the Candidates:
Best Kept Secret- Individual Bridge
Noojie Trestle Bridge in New Zealand
Hopfenbrücke in Pausa-Mühltropf (Saxony), Germany
Triple Whipple Truss Bridge in Dearborn County, Indiana
Hadrian’s Bridge near Alacantara, Spain
Opiki Toll Bridge in New Zealand
Devil’s Bridge in Tarragona, Spain
Maasen Pedestrian Bridge (the Netherlands)
Edisford Bridge near Clitheroe (the UK)
Temse Bridge (Belgium)
Waldheim Viaduct in Saxony (Germany)
Tour Guide USA
San Antonio, Texas
Jennings County, Indiana
Covered Bridges of Oregon
Covered Bridges of Lehigh Valley
White County, Illinois
Monroe County, Florida
Lorain County, Ohio
Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Tour Guide International
Checkpoint Bravo near Berlin, Germany
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Norwich, England (UK)
Conwy, Wales (UK)
The Bridges of British Columbia
The Bridges along the River Scheldt (France and Belgium)
The Bridges of Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada
The Bridges of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Wooden Arch Bridge north of Zwickau, Germany
DWP Railway Trestle in Duluth, Minnesota
Jones Bridge in Georgia (now removed after a collapse)
Truss/Arch Bridge in Van Loon, Illinois
Skewed Truss Bridges in Erla (near Schwarzenberg), Germany
Stone Arch Bridge on Former Pony Express Highway in California
Milford Lake Kingpost Truss Bridge in Kansas
Unknown Truss Bridge in Westwood, Iowa
Two joint bridges spanning a waterway in the Vogtland, Germany
Submerged Bridge in the Springs, California
Fischweg Bridge in Chemnitz, Germany
Sister Bridges at Schweizerthal, Germany
Frohnau Hammer (Annaberg-Bucholz, Germany)
Trestle Bridge Behind the Mall (Zwickau, Germany)
Trussed Arch Bridge in Chesterton, Indiana
Abandoned Stringer Bridge on Route 66 (Grants, New Mexico)
Two Bridges in a Park (Zwickau, Germany)
James Baughn- 16 years ago, Mr. Baughn created a website devoted to historic bridges in the midwestern part of the USA. Since then, Bridgehunter.com contains a database of millions of bridges, past and present, which includes photos, stories and history and interesting facts about the structures in the 48 mainland states, plus Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other US territories.
Kitty Henderson- Kitty is the founder and executive director of the Historc Bridge Foundation, located in Austin, Texas. Since 2007, HBF has been assisting people and parties in the US and Canada in preserving historic bridges, whose numbers have been exceptionally high. The HBF is not only an agency that provides services in that aspect, it is an advocacy group and also provides a Newsletter on the successes and importance of preserving historic bridges.
Todd Wilson- Together with Lauren Winkler, Todd runs the bridgemapper Website, which provides tourists with an opportunity of finding bridges in the eastern part of the US. Todd has been active in the field of historic bridges in the greater Pittsburgh area and has produced several written works including a pair of books on this topic.
Clark Vance- Clark Vance is a long-time math and engineering teacher in the greater Kansas City area, whose other occupation also includes researching on lost bridges and photographing bridges in the midwest, focusing mainly on Missouri and Kansas. Both of which he has been doing for many years.
The Friends of the Bockau Arch Bridge (Rechenhausbrücke)- Consisting of several locals living in and around the Aue area in the German state of Saxony, the Friends of the Rechenhausbrücke have been working together to save the almost 150-year old stone arch structure from its demise in the name of progress. The beauty behind this Group is that they are people who have learned a great deal behind the trials and tribulations in saving the structure, having more knowledge of the Bridge and the ways to save and reuse them than the politicians in Dresden (Saxony’s capital) who want to see the Bridge destroyed.
Edgar Mehnert- The Bridges of Aue (Saxony) would not be the bridges as they are, if it hadn’t been for this Gentleman, who researched on the bridge’s history and contributed a great deal in a book published a few years ago. Like Todd Wilson, Edgar has reisded in the area all his life and has see a lot of changes to the bridge landscape.
Jason D. Smith- One of the fellow pontists nominated the creator of the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles for this Award and with having the News column since 2010, which features the Othmar H. Ammann Awards plus the Author’s Choice Awards, plus success stories and tour guides on historic bridges in the US, Europe and elsewhere, it is highly justified to being nominated in this category.
Vern Mesler- A bridge preservationist just isn’t a preservationist, and a welder is not a welder without the precise instruction and the practical know-how of this long-time welder and teacher at Lansing Community College and manager of VJM Craftsman. Mesler has been doing this for 35 years and has hosted a metal craftsman conference held every spring for a decade.
Nathan Holth- Nathan Holth’s experience in saving and advocating for the preservation of historic bridges in the US and Canada through his website historic.bridges.org and his other Engagements in restoring historic bridges both in theory and in practice. He has been doing this for over 17 years and counting.