2020 Bridgehunter Awards Part 3: Mystery Bridge and Lifetime Achievement

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After Parts 1 and 2, Part 3 of the Bridgehunter Awards looks at the two categories: Mystery Bridge and Lifetime Achievement. The category Mystery Bridge is based on the articles produced by the Chronicles during all of 2020, 18 in all, including six originating from Europe. To view the articles before voting, copy and click onto the weblinks. You can find them also in the menu category, Mystery Bridge.


The next category features seven people nominated for Lifetime Achievement:

Before voting for the candidates in the category of Lifetime Achievement, have a look at their resumés and their successes in the field of documenting and restoring historic bridges, for their records are colorful and interesting.



Ann Miller- Ms. Miller has been a research scientist for the Virginia Transportation and Research Council for over three decades. During that time, she was behind dozens of projects and publications pertaining to historic bridges in Virginia, including stone arch bridges, metal truss spans, etc. Her accomplishments resulted in her winning the VDOT Commissioner’s Award for outstanding achievement in 2019.  More information here: http://vtrc.virginiadot.org/MEMBERDetails.aspx?Id=87

Nicolas Janberg- Like James Baughn with bridgehunter.com, Mr. Janberg is the owner of structurae.net, an online database focusing on places of architecture and civil engineering on an international scale, featuring hundreds of thousands of bridges from throughout the world. He has run the website since 2002: https://structurae.net/en/persons/nicolas-janberg

Frank Selke- Mr. Selke runs an online database website for Germany’s bridges, brueckenweb.de. But unlike bridgehunter.com and Structurae.net, it features a bookstore and fan club. Webpage: https://brueckenweb.de/

Mitch Nicholson- Mr. Nicolson runs a website and social media page entitled Abandoned Iowa. Many of the historic bridges in that state have appeared on his website, each one having a unique history. Website: https://www.facebook.com/AbandonedIowa/

Allan King Sloan- A descendant of Zenas King, Mr. Sloan has compiled a detailed history of the King Bridge Company of Cleveland and the bridges that were built by the company during the 64 years it existed. Link: https://www.kingbridgecompany.com/

Dr. Sara and (the late) Emily Watson- The Cleveland State University has a large collection of works related to historic bridges, based on the works of Wilbur Watson and the Watson Bridge Company. Thanks to the sisters’ donation, the university has an online library devoted to historic bridges, perhaps the largest in the States. Link: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/11/13/media-tip-cleveland-state-university-album/

Vern Mesler- Each bridge restorer was once a novice and each one has had a session with Mr. Mesler on how to restore metal truss bridges, including many forms of welding and in-kind restoration. Mr. Mesler has held classes, workshops and conferences at the East Lansing Community College for over a decade and many have benefitted from his classes. Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/vern-mesler-on-preservation-iron-steel-in-bridges-metal/id285727030?i=1000082304527

If you haven’t done Part 1, click here.

If you haven’t done Part 2, click here.

And now, onto Part 4……



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