2020 Bridgehunter Awards Part 2: Tour Guide

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As I mentioned in part 1, the awards this year will be different in a way that there are four parts. The second part features the Tour Guide categories, both for international bridges as well as for those in the United States. Each category has a ballot and each candidate has information and links on the bridges, which includes photos, etc. As a tip, before voting for the best tour guide, click onto each of the links and have a look at the information and photos before voting. Again, multiple voting is allowed. 🙂

Information, photos and other interesting facts on the bridges can be found in the links below:

Tour Guide International:

Waldheim (Saxony), Germany: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/the-bridges-of-waldheim-saxony-germany/     This area features six of the tallest railroad viaducts along a six kilometer stretch, plus a combination arch and covered bridge, and three truss bridges, one of which is a Bailey Truss. All but the Bailey truss are at least 150 years old.

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Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Pommerania (MV)), Germany: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/11/03/the-bridges-of-schwerin/

The structures are all within a 1 kilometer radius of the famous castle and historic town. It features six ornamental  iron bridges, an arch bridge that is as old as the castle, an ornamental skyway and a century old swing span, to name a few.

Warwickshire, England:   https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/subject/bridges-viaducts-travel-transport

The district has over a dozen stone arch bridges that are 200 years old and an iron cable-stayed suspension bridge, all of them are considered historically significant on the national scale.

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Melbourne, Australia: https://www.visitmelbourne.com/Things-to-do/History-and-heritage/Bridges 

Aside from its well-known 80-year old cantilever truss bridge, the city and surroundings are home to dozens of ancient wooden trestles and arch bridges, most oft hem are at least 125 years old. Some of them have been converted to hiking crossings.

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Historic Medieval Bridges of Dunham, England: https://www.durhamworldheritagesite.com/learn/architecture/historic-bridges

Two arch bridges dating back to the 12th Century can be found near the famous castle. One of which was rebuilt after floods destroyed the original structure.

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Winnepeg, Canada: http://heritagewinnipeg.blogspot.com/2016/07/historic-winnipeg-bridges-arlington.html

The area features the history of bridges, past and present, including the Redwood Swing Bridge and the railroad bascule bridge over the Red River as well as the Arlington Bridge.

Budapest, Hungary:

This guide features the crossings along the Danube and the park areas in the Hungarian capital

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The Covered Bridges of Taishun County, China: https://leightontravels.com/taishun-county/

A collection of centuries old covered bridges built in the Chinese style. Many of them are key ornaments to their respective communities.

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The Covered Bridges of Quebec: https://www.abitibi-temiscamingue-tourism.org/circuits/covered-bridges-route/

14 beautiful covered bridges, spread out over the entire French-speaking province. Many of them are over a century old and are still in use.

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Information, photos and other interesting facts on the bridges can be found in the links below:

USA:

Westchester County, New York: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/06/10/the-bridges-of-westchester-county-new-york/

A collection of unique metal truss bridges both in photo form as well as in painter’s form.

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The Bridges of Frankfort, Kentucky: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/04/the-bridges-of-frankfort-kentucky/

A guide on five unique truss bridges, including the famous Singing Bridge, but also a pair of unique bridges along Benson Creek.

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The Bridges of Union County, Ohio: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/10/05/union-county-ohio-august-2020-droning-on-about-bridges/

A drone-guided tour of the unique crossings in the county, including a fancy truss bridge and a couple covered bridges.

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The Bridges of Preble County, Ohio:

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/10/26/visiting-the-bridges-of-preble-county-ohio-haus-home/ & http://bridgehunter.com/oh/preble/  This county has a wide array of different bridge types made from different materials.

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The Bridges of Jefferson Proving Grounds, Indiana:

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/07/23/the-bridges-of-jefferson-proving-grounds-in-indiana-hyb/

This video guided tour takes a look at the bridges of the former military complex in Indiana, covering three counties. The Grounds was in service from the 1940s until its closure in 1995.

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The Bridges of Frederick County, Maryland: https://frederickcountymd.gov/263/Bridges

A collection of metal and covered bridges in the county.

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The Stone Arch Bridges of Wayland, Massachusetts: https://www.wayland.ma.us/historical-commission/pages/historic-bridges Two bridges, at least two centuries old, make this community unique because of their histories.

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The Bridges of Grand Rapids, Michigan: https://www.experiencegr.com/things-to-do/historic-sites/bridges/  Four covered bridges and four unique truss bridges can be found in this unique community.

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The Bridges of New York City: http://nycbridges.blogspot.com/

This blog series looks at every key crossing in the largest city in the USA, some most famous, others not as much but deserve just as much recognition.

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The Bridges of the Hudson River Valley in New York: https://www.hbhv.org/

This virtual tour takes you to the most beautiful crossings along the Hudson River, including the Bear Mountain, Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie and Rip Van Winkle.

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The Bridges along Merritt Parkway in Connecticut: https://portal.ct.gov/DOT/Highway-Design/Merritt-Parkway-History & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merritt_Parkway  A collection of Luten arch bridges along one of the first freeways in American history, built in 1938.

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The Bridges of Valley City, North Dakota: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/03/31/valley-city-north-dakotas-city-of-bridges/  Features a tall and long viaduct, an iron suspension bridge as well as a Marsh Arch structure, just to name a few.

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The Bridges of Connersville, Indiana: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/03/26/the-bridges-of-connersville-indiana/

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In case you want to go to part 1 again and vote for your best bridge photo, click here. Otherwise, we will proceed to Part 3…..

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2020 Bridgehunter Awards: Best Bridge Photo

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After collecting the entries and sorting them, the time has come to begin the voting for this year’s Bridgehunter Awards. Because of the changes in format regarding the wordpress website, the voting process will be cut up into four parts. The first part features solely the category of Best Bridge Photo. Below are 13 entries. The same procedure applies to all other Awards in the past: Choose which bridge photo deserves the award and mark it. Then scroll down to the bottom and press the vote button. You can vote for more than one candidate at a time.

The winner of the Awards for Best Bridge Photo will have his/her photo in the heading of The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles website. Second place will have the photo featured in the Chronicles’ facebook page, third place in the Chronicles’ facebook group page and fourth place in the Chronicles’ twitter page. New for this year is a spot in the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles’ LinkedIn page for the 5th place winner.

And with that, may the voting proceed. The next part will follow…….. 🙂