BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 161- Tribute to James Baughn

There are only a few places in the United States and Canada where over a half dozen historic bridges- those that are 70 years of age and older that are within a few minutes walk of each other. Even rarer is the fact that you can get as many bridges into one shot as possible, unless you find a great spot where you can attempt that. I tried that with the bridges on the American side of Niagara Falls in 2018 getting the Rainbow Arch bridge and all of the bridges on Goat Island, all from Skylon Tower on the Canadian side (see the tour of Niagara Falls by clicking here and checking it out).

James Baughn tried his luck with this picture, taken in 2016 at the US/Canadian border with the International Bridges in Sault Ste. Marie. In the foregorund there are two different sets of railroad bridges; in the background the larger of the two through arches of the bridge that was built in 1963 and carries Interstate 75 on the US side and Trans-Canada Hwy. 17B on the Canadian side. All in all, there were three bridges all taken from the Canadian side. Yet one doesn’t really know the fact that there are ten bridges on the island where the American side of Sault Ste Marie is located- seven are which are over 55 years old and considered historic, counting the bridges in the picture above- all within a one mile walking distance. Another bridge at Fort Street is in storage awaiting reconstruction at a nearby park. It and the Spruce Street Bridge were the only two Pennsylvania through trusses in northern Michigan. It’s something to consider when crossing over into Canada that one should take some time in this border community and get a few shots of the historic places the town has to offer. To view the bridges, click here.

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GUESSING QUIZ ANSWER:

And now to the answer to last week’s Pic of the Week Trivia: It’s the Charleroi-Monessen Bridge, spanning the Monongahela River. The bridge was built in 1906 by the Merchantile Bridge Company and featured three Pennsylvania through truss spans. It was closed to traffic in 2009 and was demolished on July 11th, 2011. A new bridge has been in place since then.

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