Historic Badakhshan bridge on verge of collapse — Pajhwok Afghan News

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Some residents of northeastern Badakhshan province have demanded rehabilitation of the historic Pul-a-Kheshti Bridge that connects old Faizabad City with the new Faizabad City and districts. They warned that the bridge was on the verge of collapse and asked relevant government authorities to take steps for the rehabilitation of this historic facility. According […]

Historic Badakhshan bridge on verge of collapse — Pajhwok Afghan News

A Bridge over Violent Waters — Wandering Perspectives

Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash This is another Dwarf Fortress story, this time from a new game I had started recently. I wanted to build on a coast somewhere, and in my search I found a tiny island barely separated from the mainland. I knew I had to build a bridge there. This […]

A Bridge over Violent Waters — Wandering Perspectives

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This bridge literary genre takes us to the 1st Century AD where the plot of the story was a farmer’s attempt to bridge a violent river and bring civilization together. A long but interesting story about the building of bridges and civilization.

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The Baltimore and Ohio Cuyahoga River Trio

B&O Drawbridge Nr. 463. The Detroit-Superior Bridge is on the left. Photo taken by Douglas Butler.

There are many corners of Cleveland, Ohio where one will find historic bridges. In the shadow of the Detroit-Superior Bridge are three drawbridges that span the Cuyahoga River. Built around the turn of the century, the bridges served the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line which caressed the river but was looking for a port along Lake Erie. They found one in Whiskey Island and until their abandonment in the early 1980s, these bridges played a role in allowing the B&O to supply raw materials and other goods between the port and places to the south and east. This documentary features a detailed history of three drawbridges, Nr. 460, 463 and 464. Only Nr. 460 remains in service and there are plans to repurpose the other two. It will look at B&O’s search for a perfect port in Cleveland and how these bridges were built. You can also look at the information on the three bridges via links found at the end of the video.

Enjoy! 🙂

Bridge info:

Baltimore and Ohio Drawbridge Nr. 460

Baltimore and Ohio Drawbridge Nr. 463

Baltimore and Ohio Drawbridge Nr. 464

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Mystery Bridge Nr. 171: The Lone Star Church Bridge in Wagoner County, Oklahoma

All photos courtesy of Jeremy Lance

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This bridge was brought to my attention by fellow bridgehunter, Jeremy Lance, as wel were talking about the demise of the Jefferson Highway Bridge in Okay. As you saw in an early article, that multiple-span bridge has been reduced to one standing and it is most likely the wreckage and the standing span will both come down in the near future due to liability issues.

This mystery bridge is located in the same county as the one at Okay, and like its relict, this span used to span the Verdigris River but has since been sitting abandoned with much of the overgrowth covering the entire structure. The bridge has been bypassed and the road running past now has a culvert that crosses what is left of the river, as it has been rechanneled and what is left of the original river is nothing more than a small creek.

Unlike the bridge in Okay, this bridge relict features the main span- a Parker through truss, with pinned connections and Howe lattice portal bracings supported by curved heel bracings. On both sides of the main span are Pratt pony truss spans. All in all, the bridge has a total length of between 250 and 300 feet; the main span is about 150 -170 feet. There is no information on the bridge except to say that the bridge is at least 125 years old and was built during the time where roadways were needed and counties were racing to build as many bridges like this one as possible, using local contractors and/or bridge agents of large bridge companies to transport the steel to their respective locations, while workers assemble the bridge. So two questions come about with this structure:

  1. Who built the bridge and how was it constructed?
  2. When was it built?

The bridge is located one mile south of Lone Star Church and half a mile west of S. 220th Road on a township road, yet according to Mr. Lance, the road dead ends after passing the bridge and entering the corn field, hence the access is only available on the east end. The entire decking and lower chords of the bridge are missing and therefore, restoration efforts would be only possible if the bridge is encased into a modern structure made of concrete, thus only functioning as a decorative element. Yet before any attempts are made to restore the bridge, the question is whether to restore it on site or relocate it to a site where it would garner more visitors than sitting in a remote location. Once that is done, the question is how to restore it and make it attractive again.

With Oklahoma losing its pre-1950 bridges right and left in the past, attempts are being made to keep what is left and restore them for either local use or recreational purposes. The potential for this bridge is there. The question is whether it is worth the effort or should it be left to nature. With the truss bridge in Okay gone, the answer will lie with the county and how it values its historic places in comparison with the resources it has available vs it can obtain to save this bridge. And that one we do not know at present.

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A gallery of photos of this bridge can be seen by clicking here. All the photos are courtesy of Jeremy Lance, whom I thank for allowing me to use them. Feel free to comment on the bridge’s history and what it should be done with it.

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BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 185

Source: the sun and i via Instagram

This week’s Pic of the Week is also the 170th Mystery Bridge in the series. It’s a photo taken by the Instrgrammer The Sun & I and features an unusual deck arch bridge of steel located in the rocky desert, where a tunnel is located in the background. There is no information about this unique structure which is between 40 and 60 years old. This is wher it is your turn to figure it out.

Do you know where this bridge is located and what the local name of it is? Feel free to comment in the comment section below or in the Chronicles’ facebook pages.

Good luck! 🙂

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BHC Newsflyer: 26 March, 2022

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To listen to the podcast, click here. Or hit the link below:

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Headlines:

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The Cannakkle Suspension Bridge Under Construction. Source: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Damon Grosvenor, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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Longest Suspension Bridge in the World Opens in Turkey

Bridge Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1915_%C3%87anakkale_Bridge

Article 1: https://www.dezeen.com/2022/03/23/1915-canakkale-suspension-bridge-turkey/

Article 2:  https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/how-modern-techniques-were-used-to-construct-the-worlds-longest-suspension-bridge-23-03-2022/

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Historic Coronation Bridge in West Bengal, India. Source: Paramanu Sarkar, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Suspected Bomb Blast on Historic Coronation Bridge in the West Bengal District in India

Article:  https://www.eastmojo.com/national-news/west-bengal/2022/03/24/suspected-bomb-blast-in-north-bengals-historic-coronation-bridge/

Bridge Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronation_Bridge

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Abbey Corner Bridge in Leicester. Source: Mat Fascione / wiki Commons

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Abbey Corner Bridge in Leicester, England to Close for Urgent Rehabilitation for a Year

Article 1: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-60846970

Article 2: https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/144-year-old-leicester-bridge-to-close-for-major-repairs-24-03-2022/

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Carter Farm Bridge in Maryland. Source: Nathan Meyers via bridgehunter.com. Photo taken in 2016.

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Historic Bridge and Creek in Maryland to be relocated

Bridge Info: http://bridgehunter.com/md/harford/carter-farm/

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Reichsbahnbrücke. Source: A.Savin (WikiCommons), FAL, via Wikimedia Commons

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Historic Lift Bridge in Kalliningrad, Russia to be Preserved while Replacement Bridges to be Built

Article: https://paz.de/artikel/die-alte-reichsbruecke-bleibt-erhalten-a6472.html

Bridge Tour Guide Königsberg: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%B6nigsberger_Pregelbr%C3%BCcken

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Photo taken by Jon Cecil via Instagram.

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Updates:

Cincinnati-Covington Suspension Bridge to Open this Spring

Link: https://www.fox19.com/2022/03/23/historic-roebling-suspension-bridge-set-spring-reopening/

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Lincoln Highway Bridge in Tama, Iowa: Restoration Bidding to go to Round 3 through the State

Link: https://www.timesrepublican.com/news/todays-news/2022/03/bridge-watch-tama-council-to-seek-third-round-of-bids/

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The Flensburg Files has been doing a series on poems, stories and other items in connection with the Russian-Ukrainian War under the theme Fireside Stories: War, Peace and Ukraine. Click here to see the literary works and subscribe to the Files to follow. To submit your own literary works on this subject to be posted in the Files, use this contact info to submit (Click here)

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Review: The Bridge of San Luis Rey — Bob on Books

The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder with Foreword by Russell Banks, Afterword by Tappan Wilder. New York: Harper Perennial, 2015 (originally published in 1927). Summary: A friar witnesses the collapse of a woven rope bridge with five people falling to their deaths and tries to discern some reason why, in God’s providence, each […]

Review: The Bridge of San Luis Rey — Bob on Books

📚 This bridge book review is actually a mystery novel looking at the collapse of a rope bridge spanning a high gorge. Unique about this mystery is the role of religion in the mix and the question of whether it was God’s plan or if someone plotted to kill the victims and if the second, why.

The man doing the review was the same one who did a series on Youngstown, Ohio and its bridges.

Enjoy. 😎

Turkey Opens Record – Breaking Bridge Between Europe And Asia — AMRAH

Istanbul – President Tayyip Erdogan opened a massive suspension bridge across Turkey’s Dardanelles Strait on Friday, the latest in a series of major infrastructure projects which he has prioritized during his two decades in power. Connecting Turkey’s European and Asian shores, the 1915 Canakkale Bridge was built by Turkish and South Korean firms with an […]

Turkey Opens Record – Breaking Bridge Between Europe And Asia — AMRAH

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It’s official! The longest suspension bridge in the world is now held by Turkey. Click on the link above to read more on the opening of the suspension bridge in the Dardenelles which is symbolic in so many ways. The Chronicles Newsflyer will also provide some details in its podcast this weekend.

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Mystery Bridge Nr. 169:  Bridge Relict at Carola Park in Glauchau

GLAUCHAU (SAXONY), GERMANY- A few days ago during our Sunday walk, we explored the Valley of Carola Park.  Located in the southeastern part of Glauchau, the Carolatal features a small creek that starts in the natural habitat behind the Virchow Hospital (ironically, where the abandoned bridge is located),  before it flows past Bismarck Tower and towards the mini-zoo “Tiergehege Glauchau.” Then it runs along Talstrasse all the way down to the Scherberg Bridge, passing underneath that, before emptying into the Zwickau Mulde River behind the former “Volksbad” and park, just north of the International Elementary School on Lindenstrasse. At three different areas, there are small ponds, especially one in the deep valley at the junction with Jahnstrasse, where the hills are over 30 meters high. The whole area between the Tiergehege and Jahnstrasse has been named Carola Park and it separates the easternmost part of Glauchau, where the Business Academy is located, and the southeastern part of the city, where many historic (but largely empty) buildings are located.

And this is where our next mystery bridge is located- or should we say what’s left of it. This relict is located just 50 meters away from Jahnstrasse. It’s an abutment of a former bridge that used to span the widest portion of the creek in Carola Park. This is noticeable because the end towards the pond is fenced off. What’s more interesting about this relict is the fact that there is a window on the southeast side, thus making it appear too be an entrance to one of the bunkers that had existed during World War II but have since been abandoned and mostly filled in. It is unknown how many bunkers existed in Germany during the time of the Third Reich, let alone on the local level, as we see here. But history books have suggested that bunkers were part of Hitler’s plan to protect the population from being bombed by the enemy, while at the same time, achieved his ultimate policy of “Lebensraum”- breathing room with only a selected race being allowed to live there. Glauchau has at least a half dozen bunkers that used to exist prior to and during World War II, yet one of them, located underneath the castle complex in the city center, is open to tourists.

Yet this one is peculiar because the stone ruins line up right to the water’s edge, thus ruling out the fact that this was a bunker, unless it was used for boats. Therefore one has to conclude that it was a bridge abutment even though only one of them exists- the other on the opposite end was removed by homeowners to construct their property down to the pond.

This leads to the question of when it was built and what did this bridge look like? Given the age of the stone abutments, one has to assume that the bridge was well over a century old, which means the options for bridge designs have to be narrowed down as well. Was it a truss bridge made of iron or steel, or a stone arch bridge? Only photos and post cards would tell the story and up to now, there have been no evidence available to support this argument, even though the investigation has just started.

The last question for this mystery bridge has to do with this berm. It’s located at Jahnstrasse near the old bridge abutment and judging by the lighting and the age of the road, this berm existed since the Cold War period with the purpose of holding back water from the pond. This was helpful for from this point on, the rest of the valley was filled with houses and streets, all the way down past the Scherberg Bridge and the old public bath hall (Volksbad) before emptying into the Zwickau Mulde; the waterway at that point is transported by pipes underground and buried under a pile of dirt all the way down. The question is when this berm and street was built and when was the old bridge considered obsolete and subsequentially removed?

So basically this mystery bridge requires a wish list as it has a lot of questions that need to be answered. They include:

  1. When was the old bridge built? We’re talking about the one with the stone abutments.
  2. What did the old bridge look like? Was it used for cars or solely for pedestrians?
  3. When was the old bridge removed?
  4. When was the berm and subsequentially Jahnstrasse built?
  5. When was the creek buried with pipes and dirt, going from Jahnstrasse all the way to the Zwickau Mulde?

We have to start with old photos and/or post cards before continuing on with looking for its history. If you have a postcard and/or old photo of this bridge at Carola Park and/or the berm at Jahnstrasse, please send me an e-mail using the contact information that can be found here. Please note that as I may want to add that to Glauchau’s bridge tour guide (see here), I ask you to send me the post card and/or photo in JPEG format and cite the source of where it came from. Your help would be much appreciated. You can use English or German when corresponding.

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Thank you for your help and Happy Bridgehunting, Folks! 🙂 ❤

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