The Rockville Bridge, Rockville, Pennsylvania — John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

The Rockville Bridge crossing the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania The U.S. state of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest states in the nation.  It is a state rich in historic sites to include Independence Hall in Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was signed.  The capital of the state is the city of Harrisburg. […]

The Rockville Bridge, Rockville, Pennsylvania — John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

Read more on the bridge’s history and uniqueness in the link above.


New I-74 bridge wins honor from America’s Transportation Awards — WHBF –

A sample of the new lighting on the I-74 bridge between Moline and Bettendorf. Lighting will change starting July 22, and each night for 30 days. Construction of the new I-74 bridge over the Mississippi River won top honors today among Midwest states in the America’s Transportation Awards. One of the biggest projects in state […]

New I-74 bridge wins honor from America’s Transportation Awards — WHBF –

Congratulations to the Quad Cities on this milestone. ❤

On a more somber note, a contract to remove the twin suspension bridges was let to Helm Engineering. They will start the preliminary plans of bridge demolition in September with the actual demolition not taking place until the Mississippi River closes all barge traffic come early next year. Details in the link below:



BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 205

This is the next installment in the series on the author’s trip to Schleswig-Holstein which is also in connection with the book project on the bridges in the northernmost state in Germany. To learn more about it, click here.

James Barney Marsh (1856- 1936) was the mastermind behind the rainbow arch bridge, a concrete arch bridge featuring a open spandrel arch span that is above the roadway and not below, like deck arches. The arches were anchored in the abutments below the roadway and were built using reinforced concrete and steel. Dozens of rainbow arch bridges were built by Marsh during his 50-year career as a civil engineer, first by working for King Bridge Company but then later when he operated his own firm in Des Moines, Iowa. Many of these bridges, also coined as Marsh arches, still exist today and are on the National Register of Historic Places, with Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota being the most likely places to find a Marsh arch.

Marsh Arch Bridge spanning the East Fork Des Moines River near Swea City, Iowa. Photo taken in 1998.


Marsh patented the design in 1911 and fingers have pointed to his design based on the bridges built by Josef Melan and Frederik von Emperger as we saw in a mystery bridge article published last year (click here). Yet there is one bridge in our pic of the week where Marsh may have also looked at while he was designing and patenting his own design. It’s this bridge located in Raisdorf, 10 kilometers SE of Kiel.

The White Bridge is a rainbow arch bridge spanning the River Schwentine at Rosenfelder Weg, just off Highway 202. Unique about this arch bridge is that it was built using reinforced concrete and steel for the arch; the vertical columns were built using steel. The bridge has a combination white (arch) and blue (columns)color, making it an attractive site for tourists and fishermen alike. The bridge is 60.8 meters long, the span consists of 47 meters. The bridge is 3.0 meters above the water level.

According to records, the White Bridge was built in 1909 replacing an earlier bridge built in 1779. The bridge served local traffic and remained a vehicular bridge until 1936, when it was bypassed by an adjacent crossing. In 1987, the bridge was rehabilitated at a cost of 200,000 German Marks, equivalent to $450,000 in today’s standards. This was in response to a petition by the locals to save the bridge instead of demolishing it. In 1993, it became a national heritage site as the only bridge of its kind in Germany. It is unknown who had designed and built the bridge, let alone what its predecessor had looked like.

The bridge can be accessed on either end, from Highway 202 or through the town of Raisdorf, though access on the latter side is safer due to the less traffic. Photographing the bridge was quite the challenge during the visit, especially when trying to get a side view This is possible by a hiking trail that runs along the highway, though one has to pay attention to the bushes that may block the view of the bridge. Oblique views are possible for each corner of the bridge has a dock where a person can step down and take a close-up of the bridge.

The White Bridge is one bridge that is a must-see. Even if a person is not a bridgehunter, one will not regret spending time at the bridge and either photograph it, have a picnic or fish off from it. The bridge is located in a quiet setting surrounded by wildlife, where you can watch geese fly around the structure. When the water is not covered in green, the White Bridge can present several shades of blue that is irresistable to the naked eye. For someone who wants to learn about bridge building this is one of the places where a person can have a look at the structure in detail, finding out who was behind this project and coming up with ideas for one’s own bridge design.

And this is why Marsh came up with his own patented Marsh arch. It had nothing to do with ingeniuity and bragging rights. It had more to do with finding the references who had built arch bridges in the past, then created his own design that was not only his own, but serves the purpose of making a safe crossing that is recognizable to road users. And with the dawn of the automobile, bridges were needed to serve as a safe crossing but also a point that guides the driver to his destination from A to B. Marsh got help from his European colleagues even though we don’t known from whom. But it is a sure bet that he either may have heard of this bridge or have even visited it himself. In any case, his design had something to do with this structure, if not others in Europe.


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The Mersey Gateway — Jo Dunn

Opened in 2017, the Mersey Gateway Bridge spans the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal between Widnes and Runcorn. The new bridge is as mesmerising to me as the old Silver Jubilee Bridge was when I was a kid. Runcorn Bridge 1961, view from Widnes

The Mersey Gateway — Jo Dunn

And here’s part 4 with a sketch on the youngest bridge in Halton, the Mersey Gateway Bridge. Have a look at the info and skatches provided in the link above.

Additional information on the bridge can also be found here:



Halton 3 – Silver Jubilee Bridge — writing and photography

For many years, the only way to cross the River Mersey at the Runcorn Gap, as it’s known, between Widnes and Runcorn was by ferry. In 1905, the first of two transporter bridges was opened, carrying people and vehicles across in a gondola. After World War ll, that transporter bridge was replaced by a more […]

Halton 3 – Silver Jubilee Bridge — writing and photography

This is part 3 on the series on the bridges of Halton, provided by two guest columnists.


Halton 2 – Widnes-Runcorn Railway Bridge — writing and photography

Walking from Pickerings Pasture towards Widnes you approach three bridges, the first of which is the Britannia Bridge, pictured below. According to Wikipedia, ‘Until 1868, when Runcorn Railway Bridge was opened, the only means of crossing the Mersey at or near Runcorn Gap were by fording or by ferry, with the lowest crossing of the river being the road […]

Halton 2 – Widnes-Runcorn Railway Bridge — writing and photography

This is part 2 on the series on the bridges of Halton, England.


Halton, Cheshire – 1 Pickerings Pasture — writing and photography

Halton is an artificial coupling, created in 1974, of two English County Boroughs – Widnes and Runcorn. These two towns, linked by three bridges, are on opposite banks of the River Mersey between Liverpool and Warrington. The next few pages will show some views from both towns, but mainly from the Widnes side of the […]

Halton, Cheshire – 1 Pickerings Pasture — writing and photography

This weekend, we will have a look at the three bridges in the town of Halton, which is located between the English Boroughs of Widnes and Runcorn. Two guest writers have written a series of detailed stories on the three bridges and their histories for you to take a look at.

We’ll start with part one, which you can click on in the link above.


Happy Bridgehunting, folks! 🙂


More Historic Automobile Bridges

More Historic Automobile Bridges

After looking at part 1 of the bridges in North Dakota along the Sheyenne River, we will look at part two. Here, Mr. Larson focuses on the bridges located in the eastern and central parts of the state, including one bridge that was restored at the time of his post. Enjoy! 🙂

Ghosts of North Dakota

This is part two in our series about historic North Dakota automobile bridges. In part one, we focused on Sheyenne River crossings in southeast North Dakota. This time, we’ve photographed historic steel bridges in East-Central North Dakota, on the Sheyenne, Goose, and James Rivers.

Some of these bridges are closed and abandoned, others are still in use, and one has been restored, but they will all share the same fate without human intervention, so we’ve chosen to document them here.

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Historic Bridges of the Sheyenne Valley, part one

Historic Bridges of the Sheyenne Valley, part one

A while back, I came across this website Ghosts of North Dakota, a page that is devoted to abandoned places in North Dakota. The writer of this site, Troy Larson, wrote a lot of columns on historic bridges one can visit while traveling in North Dakota. Even though they were published more than seven years ago, they were shoved into the backburner and made unreachable in the research. The Chronicles is bringing these works to light in hopes that people will have a chance to visit them in the future.

This is the first of many parts you will see from time to time in the future. It’s that of the historic bridges that span the Sheyenne River, one of the longest in the state.

Ghosts of North Dakota

If you’ve followed this site for any length of time, you know we occasionally like to photograph bridges, for a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s for their historic significance (like Caledonia and Romness Township bridges), and other times it’s because the bridge is huge and awe-inspiring, as is the case with the High Line, Karnak, and Gassman Coulee railroad trestles.

In this case, we’ve decided to photograph most of the historic automobile bridges of the Sheyenne River Valley, some abandoned but many still in use, while they still exist. Just like the structures of prairie ghost towns, these bridges are endangered by time and natural events. Floods, weather cycles, and normal wear and tear take a toll on these bridges, and without restoration, they will be gone someday.Also, it’s hard to resist the urge to go out and shoot photos when it’s sixty-some degrees in November.

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2015: The Opening of the Circle Bridge in Copenhagen — Transportation History

August 22, 2015 A bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists was opened in the Christianshavn neighborhood of Copenhagen. This structure, which was formally named the Circle Bridge, spans the southern mouth of the Christianshavn Canal in Denmark’s capital city. The 130-foot (40-meter)-long Circle Bridge encompasses a total of five round platforms. Each of these platforms has […]

2015: The Opening of the Circle Bridge in Copenhagen — Transportation History