9/11- Twenty Years Later

Twenty years ago on September 11th, 2001, the United States was attacked by terrorists who hijacked four jets and used them as weapons to bring down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and cause extensive damage to the Pentegon in Washington, DC. The fourth plane, projected to hit the White House, was brought down by passengers who wanted to avert another disaster, but it came at their own expense. Last week, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was commemorated and even though the ceremonies were solemn and occur at the time when the US is now at rock bottom for many reasons (which we will not mention here), it served as a chance to reflect about the event and where we stand as a country and as people who represent our country.

And this takes us to the Glessner Covered Bridge located near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The covered bridge, built in 1881 by Tobias Glessner, is located only a few miles away from the site where the fourth hijacked plane was brought down to avert the attack on the White House. And while all the passengers and the terrorists lost their lives, a blue light was shone into the sky to pay tribute to those whose lives were lost, including those who averted the fourth plane and brought it down. The photos were taken by Frank and Jayme Pietryga showing the covered bridge and the light at the site of the tragedy.

We all have our share of stories involving this date, both at the site as well as abroad. We all have our views regarding the tragedy. But one thing we have in common is we must not forget the event and remember who we are, as a country and as a person. The question is what we can do to make the country better, let alone ourselves.

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BHC Newsflyer: September 18, 2021

Photo by Ceejay Talam on Pexels.com

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Headlines:

Merchants Railroad Bridge being Replaced- First through truss span swapped at the time of this podcast

Article 1: https://www.transystems.com/our-projects/merchants-bridge-main-truss-replacement/

Article 2: https://www.roadsbridges.com/merchants-bridge-rebuild-st-louis-moves-forward-despite-lack-federal-aid

Bridge Info: http://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-louis-city/merchants/

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Photo by Mark Frazier

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Buck O’neil Bridge in Kansas City to be Replaced- Project Launched

Article: https://www.modot.org/buck-oneil-bridge-design-build-project

Bridge Info: http://bridgehunter.com/mo/jackson/broadway/

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Wheeling Suspension Bridge to be Rehabilitated after 2-year closure

Article 1: https://www.roadsbridges.com/west-virginia-awards-contract-wheeling-suspension-bridge-rehab-project

Article 2: https://wvexplorer.com/2021/09/05/historic-wheeling-suspension-bridge-to-be-restored/

Bridge Info: http://bridgehunter.com/wv/ohio/wheeling-suspension/

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Arson Suspected at Red Bridge in British Columbia

Article: https://www.pentictonwesternnews.com/news/rcmp-release-description-of-arson-suspects-at-historic-red-bridge-in-keremeos/

Bridge Info: https://historicplacesdays.ca/places/the-ashnola-bridge-red-bridge/

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Photo taken by James MacCray

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Beaver Creek Arch Bridge at Windcave National Park being Rehabbed

Article: https://www.sdpb.org/blogs/news-and-information/renovation-will-allow-scenic-bridge-to-continue-serving-park-visitors/

Bridge Info: http://bridgehunter.com/sd/custer/beaver-creek/

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Historic Rochester Bridge in Kent, England in the Running for Two International Awards

Article: https://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/historic-kent-bridge-up-for-international-award-253658/

Voting for ICE’s People’s Choice Award: https://www.ice.org.uk/what-is-civil-engineering/peoples-choice-award

Bridge Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester_Bridge#1914_to_present_day

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Photo taken by James MacCray

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Historic Bridge in Great Falls Renamed after Woman who Spearheaded efforts to save it:

Article: https://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-news/bridge-renamed-to-honor-arlyne-reichert

Preservation Cascade: http://www.montanas-archbridge.org/

Bridge Info: http://bridgehunter.com/mt/cascade/tenth-street/

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Saying Good Bye to J.R. Manning and Dr. James L. Cooper Sr.  Click here to read the obituary.

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Author’s Notes:

  1. We will be using Sundays from here on out to devote the works of the late James Cooper and JR Manning. The first piece can be found here.
  2. The James Baughn Memorial Bridgehunting Photo Tour has been extended to October 31st. If you want to post your best bridge photo honoring him, feel free to do so. The link with information on it is enclosed here.

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