In 1984, the first bridge builder directory in the United States was produced for the public. Known as Darnell, the directory featured an outline and only some quick facts as to when the company existed. While it provided historians with an essential reference to the bridge builder, especially when identifying historic bridges, a lot of information has accumulated over the years, thus justifying an even more comprehensive guide for historians to use.
The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles offers a comprehensive guide on the history of the bridge companies, looking at who founded and operated it, its successes and hardships, and even examples of historic bridges built by the companies. Some are based on information from other sources, including wikipedia, bridge company websites and even bridge websites, like historicbridges.org. Others are based on articles written and posted by the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles.
If you are looking for some information, scroll down here to find what you are looking for. The directory not only features bridge companies and engineers in the United States, but also those in Europe and elsewhere, including engineers who immigrated to the US as well as those who made history with their invention of/ innovative bridge designs. Each company will have a mark of origin in the form of an acronym (USA, Ger., UK, etc.).
Othmar H. Ammann: b. 1879 d. 1965 (CH/USA)
Algoma Bridge Company of Winnipeg (CAN)
American Bridge Company (USA): 1901-present
A.H. Austin of Webster City, Iowa (USA): 1877-1920?
Bach Steel Company of Holt, Michigan (USA): 1997-present
Sir Donald Coleman Bailey (UK) b. 1901 d. 1985
J.A.Barker Engineering in Bloomington, Indiana (USA): 1998-present
Central States Bridge Company of Indianapolis, Indiana: 1895-?
Champion Bridge Company of Wilmington, Ohio (USA): 1878-present (Zimri Wall had built bridges prior to fouding the company)
Continental Bridge Company of Chicago, Illinois (USA)
C.W. Gove of Windom, Minnesota: 1912- 1936 (his death)
Eads, James B. b. 1820 d. 1887: Info & Obituary
Graves Construction Company Spencer, IA (USA): 1920-present
Carl Grinde (USA) b. 1857 d. 1943
Groton Bridge Company of New York (USA): 1877-1901 (part of American Bridge Company consortium after 1901)
Horseheads Bridge Company of New York (USA): 1890-1901 (AmBC Consortium); 1917-1919
Jensen Construction Company of Des Moines, Iowa (Rasmussen Consortium): 1912- present
Joliet Bridge and Iron Works Company (USA) 1896-1913; 1914-1984
King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio (USA): 1858-1922
Gustav Lindenthal: b. 1850 d. 1935 (CZ/ USA)
Robert Maillart: b. 1872 d. 1940 (CH)
Conde McCollough: b. 1887 d. 1946 (USA)
Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company of Leavenworth, Kansas (1874-1975)
Minneapolis Bridge Company (USA) 1887-1950
Riccardo Morandi: b. 1902 d. 1989 (It)
Mojeski and Masters in Mechanicsburg, PA (USA) 1893-present
Robert Moses: b. 1888 d. 1981 (USA)
Raymond and Campbell of Council Bluffs, Iowa (USA)- including its agent, George C. Wise
Johann Andreas Schubert b. 1808 d. 1872 (D)
David B. Steimnann: b. 1886 d. 1960 (USA)
Smeaton, John: b. 1724 d. 1792 (UK)
Stupp Brothers Bridge and Iron Company of St. Louis, MO (USA) b. 1856
Telford, Thomas (UK) b. 1757 d. 1834
Union Bridge Company of New York City (USA): 1884-1910
Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio (USA): 1864-1901 (AmBC consortium)