BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 70


This week’s Pic of the Week takes us back to Rochsburg and both the Castle and its prized suspension bridge spanning the River Zwickau Mulde. This time of year is perfect for fall photos, and even though the fall foliage fits perfectly with covered bridges, it also applies to other types of bridges. It depends on the type and its setting. The two pics shows clearly how the bridge fits nicely into the landscape, including the remnants of its predecessor.

For more on this bridge, click here.   Happy Bridgehunting!



Big Blue (Tees Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough, UK)

Big Blue (Tees Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough, UK)

The Beauty of Transport

From a distance, Middlesbrough’s most famous bridge looks somehow unfinished. That’s not to say it’s not attractive though; it’s a beautiful-looking thing. Resplendent in blue paintwork, it resembles two enormous cranes meeting across the River Tees, a filigree web of mathematically ordered steel beams. At each end, sets of steel ropes anchor the bridge to the ground. This is some serious engineering, something to marvel at, and then be overawed by, the closer you get and the bigger it looms overhead. However, its unusual design makes it look like it is only the centre section of what might otherwise have been a much longer bridge. It’s as though the ramps connecting a lofty bridge deck to the ground have gone missing, or never been built in the first place.

Tees Transporter Bridge at night. Photo by Rich [CC BY 2.0] via this flickr page Tees Transporter Bridge at night. Photo by Rich [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via this flickr page

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Ever seen the likes of this before? Not me. Not around these parts. Maybe it’s a Northern thing. This S bridge in Hendrysburg, Ohio was built with “manholes,” or safety niches where a pedestrian could get out of the way of a runaway team of horses. While many S bridges were generally used for crossing […]

via S Is For Bridge — I Don’t Get It

Tauberrettersheim is a town of 839 people in the Tauber Valley just five-and-a-half kilometers upstream from Weikersheim. It is also nearly three kilometers upstream from Schäftersheim and roughly the same distance downhill from Queckbronn. The name Tauberrettersheim means Tauber-Rescuer’s-Home or maybe Tauber-Savior’s-Home, though I have never found any explanation of how it got that name. (If […]

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Photo Flick 1989 Nr. 7: Hirschberg- Untertiefengrün


IMG_20190506_175912431_HDR Saale River Crossing connecting Hirschberg and Untertiefengrün built in 2009. Photos taken in May 2019


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My father and I had an argument once over how Germany was bordered when I was a child growing up during the 1980s. He claimed a concrete wall surrounded only West Berlin while I claimed that there was also a concrete wall that divided the country into two.

Apparently, we were both right, especially when we look at the towns of Hirschberg and Untertiefengrün, located on the Thuringian-Bavarian border, with the former town in Thuringia. The two towns are separated by the River Saale (Sächsische Saale is the official name) with Hirschberg having the majority of the population (2200 inhabitants). By the same token, however, the small Bavarian community with 130 residents seems much more modern than its crossborder neighbor.

IMG_20190506_180012786_HDR Untertiefengrün taken from the bridge. 

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Mystery Bridge Nr. 121: Lorenzo’s Bridge?


This is also this week’s Pic of the Week

The second mystery bridge takes us back to our backyard not far from our headquarters in Glauchau (Saxony), Germany. Approximately a kilometer away on the southern outskirts of town lies this bridge. It’s a closed spandrel arch bridge, approximately 20 meters long and 10 meters wide, enough to carry two lanes of traffic and sidewalks. It is located over Red Creek (Rothenbach), a tributary that starts at Rumpwald Forest, located 4 kilometers away and empties into the River Zwickau Mulde near the Glauchau Reservoir on the north side. It carries Wernsdorfer Strasse, a road that exits Glauchau and goes south towards Wernsdorf and Schlunzig. It’s easy to find as the road makes a steep dip as it does a double-curve going south, and one will cross it right after going past Rothenbacher Strasse.

This arch bridge was found by chance during a fall walk a couple weeks ago and together with another crossing about 300 meters away, they are the last two of their kind along the creek. While there are many houses on the opposite side of the creek, all of the bridges connecting the houses and the main road have been replaced with culverts and modern crossings. Another bridge was condemned recently and will most likely be torn down next year.

Still, this bridge is very mysterious because of its location within a neighborhood full of houses, many of which are well over a century old but they retain their historic architectural character. This pic was taken with one of these houses in the background.  There is no known information as to when the structure was built. Yet with a white streak of concrete above the arches, it appears the structure was rehabilitated 10-20 years ago, albeit it is unknown when exactly.

While many cities in the former East Germany had tens of thousands of “Plattenbau” highrise buildings, built by the Communist government between the 1950s and 1980s, Glauchau is one of a few cities whose houses have been left intact and not fallen victim to modernisation. It’s especially noticeable in the southern half as well as in and around the city center and Castle Complex. With historic buildings come historic bridges that are left as is or restored to their original glory. This bridge is one of those that is still in service despite its rehabilitation project.

But still, what do we know about it? Any ideas?


Author’s note: Lorenzo’s Bridge is a play-on-words from the film “Lorenzo’s Oil” starring Nick Nolte. Yet this bridge is located 200 meters west of Lorenz’s Bike Shop and another 300 meters east of a used bike shop along Rothernbacher Strasse.

Check out the bridge tour of Glauchau is you haven’t done so yet. You will find this bridge and more here.



Mystery Bridge Nr. 120: The Old Telegraph Road Bridge in Michigan

Photo taken by Ken Durham in 2018

Film clip

After a long break, we have a couple mystery bridges to show you in the next posts. The first one takes us to Monroe County, Michigan and to this bridge. The Old Telegraph Road Bridge is located between Kimberley Estates and the city of Monroe in Michigan, just north of the state border with Ohio. Built in the 1920s, this bridge used to carry US Highway 24 before it was abandoned in the 1950s. The two-span T-beam pony girder design can be found just off the main highway.

The rest can be explained by Satolli Glassmeyer, as he did a documentary on this bridge recently for his column: History in Your Own Backyard. Enjoy the short documentary and if you have any additional information to share, contact him or the Chronicles. 🙂



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Review: The Bridge on the Drina

Book Chatter

The Bridge on the Drina

The Bridge on the Drina
By Ivo Andric
University of Chicago Press, 9780226020457, August 1977, 314pp.

The Short of It:

An excellent book to discuss with a group.

The Rest of It:

Publisher’s blurb:

The Bridge on the Drina is a vivid depiction of the suffering history has imposed upon the people of Bosnia from the late 16th century to the beginning of World War I. As we seek to make sense of the current nightmare in this region, this remarkable, timely book serves as a reliable guide to its people and history.

This is the book that ruined me for all reading, at least, while it was being read. It’s choppy, full of superfluous details and it’s impossible to remember any of the character’s names, but for a discussion book, it was excellent. It just wasn’t excellent for the other reading I had committed to. I could not read…

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