BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 123

This week’s Pic keeps us in Iowa but takes us back to the time of the Christmas festival in 2014. Iowa has several covered bridges that exist throughout the state, the most popular of which can be found in Madison County. Yet this Christmas pic features a barn-shaped covered bridge opened to pedestrians and located in a city park that features a large pond.

Where is this bridge and park located? The answer will come in next week’s Pic of the Week edition.



The Bridgehunter Awards Deadline Pushed Back to December 5th:

Due to the current situation with the Covid-19 virus and to allow for some extra time for those who need it, the deadline for submissions has been pushed back to December 5th. You can use this link for information on how to submit your bridge (photo) entries and the like, including the author’s address. The ballot will be available once the last entries are in.

“What a Day It Was!”: The Inauguration of a Bridge Between Kentucky and Ohio — Transportation History

November 25, 1931 A suspension bridge crossing the Ohio River was opened. This structure, which had been designed by the firm Modjeski and Masters, serves as a link between the city of Maysville, Kentucky, and the village of Aberdeen, Ohio. The 1,991-foot (607-meter)-long bridge was named after Simon Kenton (1755-1836), a famous frontiersman and soldier […]

“What a Day It Was!”: The Inauguration of a Bridge Between Kentucky and Ohio — Transportation History

In Good Hands — Old Structures Engineering

An unfortunate number of the bridges I’ve discussed are no longer around, so it’s nice to have a happier story to report. The 1869 Waco Suspension Bridge over the Brazos River is not only still present, it’s about to get a full rehab from friend of OSE (and friend of many others) … 343 more…

In Good Hands — Old Structures Engineering

Squire Whipple and His Bridges — Friends of Albany History

Squire Whipple Squire Whipple was born in Massachusetts in 1804, and studied civil engineering at Union College. He remained in Albany and became known as the father of iron bridge building in the mid-1800s in America. He invented the Whipple Truss Bridge and the Whipple Bowstring Bridge. In 1847 he literally wrote the book that […]

Squire Whipple and His Bridges — Friends of Albany History

A huge new cycling bridge in Eindhoven — BICYCLE DUTCH

The city of Eindhoven is building a reputation of making bold statements with large pieces of cycling infrastructure. After the world famous floating cycling roundabout, the Hovenring, and the 37 kilometre long cycle route all around the city, it now opened a huge cycling bridge to span the A2 motorway. A father helps his young […]

A huge new cycling bridge in Eindhoven — BICYCLE DUTCH

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site — A Living Scrapbook

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site preserves one of four covered bridges still in existence in the state of Missouri. Located southwest of St. Louis, the covered bridge was built as part of the old road that connected this area of Missouri to St. Louis. The state historic site is rather small, encompassing the […]

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site — A Living Scrapbook

BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 122

Photo by Eric Johannsen

I’ve decided to step back this week and honor a pair of people who were responsible for this unique pic, as a way of kicking off the holiday season that is everything but normal this year. This is a pic of the Thunder Bridge, spanning the Little Sioux River west of Spencer in Clay County, Iowa, a Pennsylvania through truss bridge that is the product of the Clinton Bridge and Iron Works Company in Clinton, Iowa. Eric Johannsen photographed this bridge at night under the full moonlight. The person responsible for decorating it is Kent Means. And as you can see in the pic, the work was well worth it, from top chord to the A-frame portal bracings all the way to the decking. All of them in LED that is bright enough for passers-by to see and for a photographer to get some night pics. Information on the Thunder Bridge can be found here.

Coolest would be if there was drone footage filming the structure inside and out, but with its low clearance, it would be daunting task to complete. In either case, the Chronicles salute Mr. Means for the decoration and Mr. Johannsen for the beautiful pic. ❤ 🙂

If you have a holiday bridge pic you wish to see on the Chronicles, please send me an e-mail with pic to the following address: Don’t forget to include information on the bridge and its location, but also the photo credits.



You have until December 1st at 11:59 pm your local time to submit your entries to the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles for the 2020 Bridgehunter Awards. The prize is being given in nine categories including Best Bridge Photo, Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge, Bes Bridge Tour Guide, Lifetime Achievement and Best Kept Secret, just to name a few. For more on how to enter, click here. Voting will commence once the entries are collected and placed on an online ballot, which will be made available here on this page. The competition is open to all from all aspects of the globe. 🙂 Looking forward to your entries! 🙂


The “Rededication” of a Bridge Between Missouri and Illinois — Transportation History

November 17, 2007 A “rededication” ceremony was held for the McKinley Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River and links St. Louis, Missouri, with Venice, Illinois. This bridge had been designed by renowned engineer Ralph Modjeski and it first opened in 1907.   Contrary to a widespread assumption, the bridge was not named after President William McKinley; the […]

The “Rededication” of a Bridge Between Missouri and Illinois — Transportation History

Rogue River Bridge – Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge — Lynn and Judy’s Bridge Walking Blog

Our 5th Bridge. Gold Beach, February 24, 2020. This bridge is dedicated to Isaac Lee Patterson, who during his 1927-1930 tenure as Oregon’s governor promoted its construction. The Rogue River Bridge was the first of Conde McCullough’s six major coastal bridges and its opening in 1932 coincided with the opening of the Oregon Coast Highway. […]

Rogue River Bridge – Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge — Lynn and Judy’s Bridge Walking Blog