Traer Bridge Revisited

As we pay tribute to JR Manning during this season, I would like to revisit this bridge in Tama County, Iowa. It’s the Mill Street Bridge, spanning Wolf Creek in the small community of Traer. It was a work of the Clinton Bridge and Iron Company built in 1911, yet its end came at a very awkward moment. It was not that it fell to progress before our Historic Bridge Weekend in August 2013, it was how it came down. JR Manning took some photos of the bridge in March, days before it was demolished, and I had the honor to write about it just after his visit. Even though it was produced through Area Voices, this platform was discontinued in 2018. Yet thanks to wordpress’ technology, it was updated so that you can see a modern “archived” version. Click here to read the article but enjoy the photos Mr. Manning took of this unusual mishap…… 😉

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BHC Newsflyer: October 10, 2021

Jefferson Avenue Pedestrian Bridge in Springfield, MO. Source: Drowzy at English Wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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Headlines:

Historic Marlow Bridge to be Extensively Rehabilitated- May Take 40 Weeks

Link: https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/19612205.marlow-bridge-refurbishment-will-take-about-40-weeks/

Bridge Info: https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/19612205.marlow-bridge-refurbishment-will-take-about-40-weeks/

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Historic Mar Lodge Estate Bridge over the River Dee in Scotland to be Repaired

Link: https://www.grampianonline.co.uk/news/repair-work-starts-on-historic-north-east-bridge-252631/

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Historic Bridge in Bowling Green, Kentucky to get a Facelift

Link: https://www.wbko.com/2021/09/27/city-aiming-rehab-historic-pedestrian-bridge/

Bridge Info: http://bridgehunter.com/ky/warren/bh36240/

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Historic Black Bridge in Bracebridge, Canada Reopens

Link: https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/historic-black-bridge-in-bracebridge-officially-reopens-1.5604239

Link: https://www.thestar.com/local-bracebridge/news/2021/07/02/what-s-going-on-here-driving-across-the-black-bridge-in-bracebridge.html

Info on Replaced Structure: https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=ontario/blackbridge/

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Fire Severely Damages Iron Bridge in Italy

Link: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/10/07/iron-bridge-in-rome-torched-by-fire-future-unknown/

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Longest Pedestrian Bridge spanning rail lines in Missouri to be Rehabilitated

Link: https://www.wfmz.com/news/ap/ap-business/the-city-of-springfield-missouri-solicits-bids-for-rehabilitation-of-119-year-old-steel-railroad/article_b69b9a86-f8f9-58d0-a17b-32ab508e8137.html

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2021 Bridgehunter Awards now Taking Entries

Link: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/the-othmar-h-ammann-awards/

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Note: The James Baughn Memorial Bridgehunting Tour is still on. You can submit your favorite bridge photo in his honor to the Chronicles via facebook or Instagram. Details here:

Link: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/06/08/memorial-bridge-photo-tour-for-james-baughn/ Deadline is 31 October, 2021.

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And Also: Parke County Covered Bridge Festival Taking Place October 8-17th.

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