1935: An Iconic Bridge Opens in Southern Africa

1935: An Iconic Bridge Opens in Southern Africa

85 years ago come December this year.

Transportation History

December 20, 1935

Birchenough Bridge made its debut in what was then the British Crown colony of Southern Rhodesia (now the independent Republic of Zimbabwe). Sir Herbert Stanley, governor of Southern Rhodesia, officially opened the bridge, which was constructed across the Save River (also known as the Sabi River) to serve as a major link along the route between the town of Chipinge and the village of Buhera in the eastern part of the colony. The London-based Guardian reported that the bridge was built to provide the region with access “to the important markets of Salisbury [now Zimbabwe’s capital city of Harare], [the city of] Bulawayo, and the Union of South Africa [the present-day Republic of South Africa].”

As the time of its opening, Birchenough Bridge — with a length of 1,080 feet (329 meters) — was surpassed only by the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia and the Bayonne Bridge…

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Valley City – North Dakota’s City of Bridges

Valley City – North Dakota’s City of Bridges

Guest column who recently joined BHC. He visited Valley City a few years ago and wrote a tour article on the bridges in and around the city, located between Fargo and Jamestown. Enjoy! 🙂

Journeys with Johnbo

Valley City, North Dakota.

Less than one hour’s drive westbound on I-94 from our home in Fargo, the City of Bridges beckons. Our reason to travel to Valley City on this occasion was to find the first National Scenic Highway in North Dakota. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring images captured on that drive. The Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway winds its way through the river valley that is its namesake. A couple of the 27 stops on the byway are found in the city of Valley City. But I digress… Let’s begin our trip through the City of Bridges.

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Gillespie Dam Bridge

Journeys with Johnbo

Arlington, Arizona.

On one of our hikes, I was visiting with a hiker friend about places to visit that are “off the beaten path”, places that avoid the hustle and fast paced Interstate highways. Our friend, Leenie told us about just such a place, the Gillespie Dam Bridge. She and her “biker friends” find many of these out-of-the-way places to simply enjoy the journey.

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Over a thousand years ago Esztergom became the Hungarian capital. It continued in that role for two and a half centuries before the Mongols arrived bringing with them an apocalypse on horseback. Soon thereafter, Esztergom was reduced to ruin. The Mongol occupation of Hungary only lasted a year before they disappeared back into the dust […]

via The Great Facilitator – Maria Valeria Bridge in Esztergom: Bridging The Divide (For The Love of Hungary Part 26) — Europe Between East And West

BHC Newsflyer: 27 March 2020

Goodspeed Swing Bridge in Haddam, CT. Photo taken by Denimadept for wikiCommons


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To listen to the podcast, click onto this link: https://anchor.fm/jason-smith-bhc19/episodes/BHC-Newsflyer-March-27–2020-ec0re0



Attempted Derailing of Train at Theisstal Viaduct in Niederhausen (Hesse)



Bridge Info: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thei%C3%9Ftalbr%C3%BCcke (Includes a motorway viaduct)


Poole Lifting Bridge in Dorset crushes van.


Article:  https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-52039653

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


Historic Bridges in Warwickshire, England to get a Makeover


Articles: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/funding-14th-century-bridges-make-17954322  &  https://www.stratford-herald.com/107216-bridges-get-funds-repairs.html

Tour Guide: https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/subject/bridges-viaducts-travel-transport


Goodspeed Swing Bridge to be Rehabilitated. Sidewalk a possibility?


Article: https://ctexaminer.com/2020/03/23/major-repair-of-goodspeed-bridge-slated-for-2022-plans-for-pedestrian-crossing-as-yet-unfunded/

Bridge Info: http://bridgehunter.com/ct/middlesex/1138/


Truss Bridge Partially Collapses in Illinois

Link: http://bridgehunter.com/il/mclean/virginia-avenue/


Waterville Truss Bridge Gone!

Link: http://bridgehunter.com/oh/wood/8702462/


Medicine Creek Bridge in Osgood, MO to be Replaced.


Project: https://www.modot.org/sullivan-county-route-pp-east-medicine-creek-bridge

Bridge Info: http://bridgehunter.com/mo/sullivan/medicine-pp/


Ongoing 10th Anniversary Campaign:

First Bridge Photo (new)

Weirdest Encounter while Bridgehunting


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The Bridges of Connersville, Indiana

Willowbrook Country Club Bridge. Photo taken by Ed Hollowell in 2018

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Film clip

Located on the Whitewater River in southeastern Indiana, Connersville, with a population of 13,200 inhabitants, may be considered a county seat of Fayette County and a typical community located deep in the plains of Indiana. The town was founded by and named after John Conner in 1813 and much of the historic downtown remains in tact to this day.

Yet little do many realize is Connersville was once home to one of the longest covered bridges in the state, a Burr Arch Covered Bridge that had once spanned the Whitewater. It has a restored covered bridge at Roberts Park and an aqueduct that had once provided water to the community.

Lastly, it had been served by a passenger railroad company, the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Traction Company (ICT), whose existence lasted for only three decades due to financial issues, but whose bridges still exist in and around Connersville.

This tour guide shows you which bridges you can see while visiting Connersville. It features a film from HYB on the bridges by ICT which includes the railroad’s history.  It also includes a tour guide of the other bridges, courtesy of bridgehunter.com.

So sit back and enjoy this film clip. 🙂


You can click onto the link which will take you to the bridges of Connersville below:


Information on the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Traction Line bridges are here and the company itself here.


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Fort Morgan, Colorado. In 1922, the Colorado Bridge and Construction Company began constructing a multi-span, reinforced concrete arch bridge across the South Platte River in eastern Colorado. The bridge was completed in 1923 and named The Rainbow Arch Bridge. Located adjacent to State Highway 52 and a much newer set of highway bridges, the Rainbow […]

via Fort Morgan – Historic Rainbow Arch Bridge — Journeys with Johnbo