I went looking for another bridge after yesterday’s arch, and I found this little guy. I’m sure there’s information out there, but in the time I was willing to spend, all I got was the rather spare description in HAER: it’s over Maggie Creek, eleven miles west of Elko, Nevada. I also learned that Maggie […]

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Westfield Boulevard Bridge Over White River

Westfield Boulevard Bridge Over White River

Indiana Transportation History

Indianapolis News photo, 2 October 1974

1891. A steel bridge was built to cross the White River north of Broad Ripple on what was then called the Indianapolis & Westfield Free Gravel Road. As was typical of the time, the bridge crossed the White River at a 90 degree angle, making for the approaches, especially the southern approach, were a little tight. The bridge would be used until the city of Indianapolis would have to tear it down in 1977.

The bridge built in 1891 was a replacement for a bridge that had served for many years at the location. The road had been originally built as the Westfield State Road in the 1830’s. Later, in the late 1840’s, the road would be sold to a toll road company for maintenance and to become a turnpike. This would last until the late 1880’s, when it was purchased back by Marion…

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Author’s “No Comment” Nr. 1

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This is a first of many posts you will see in the series, Author’s “No Comment.” The first one was found in one of the bridge pages on facebook and it ties in the current events, liberty and freedom and safety. Whoever created this sign did it for a good reason. The rest I’ll let you judge for yourselves.

 

BHC 10 years

CHICAGO RIVER — Chicago has more drawbridges than any other American city and is second in the world to Amsterdam. On Thursday, the city’s most famous bridge — The DuSable Bridge over the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue — turns 100. To commemorate it, Mayor Lori Lightfoot will participate in a live-streamed celebration at 7 […]

via DuSable Bridge, Chicago’s Most Famous, Turns 100 Thursday — Block Club Chicago

Happy Birthday to this unique Chicago landmark! 😀

Note: This is a part of the Bedford County Covered Bridge tour I went on. Each bridge in the tour has directions from the previous bridge. In all, eight covered bridges will be featured in this tour. The tour order is: Osterburg, Snooks, Knisley and Ryot, Cuppett and Gravity Hill, Colvin, and Herline and Turner […]

via Along the Way: Snooks Covered Bridge — The Pennsylvania Rambler

COVID Contemplations (April 20) – “A Primer in Patience”

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For decades after it was built it was known as “The Bridge to Nowhere.”  But by the 1970s for those of us who lived in the small burg of Brazoria, west of the river, it was actually our lifeline to the other side, where Lake Jackson offered downright cosmopolitan attractions, including the closest McDonald’s to our little town.   What’s more, driving over it was almost like going through a time tunnel.  For built in 1939, the bridge had seen little changes since the Brazos River itself was a far more mighty waterway.

Imagine our concern, thus, when they began to repaint that old truss bridge and for months, traffic was restricted to one lane only, alternating between going east and west.  Then one lovely spring day, the job was done, and the old bridge proudly wore a beautiful new grey coat of paint.  Like the rest of our neighbors, thus…

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