10th Anniversary Bridgehunter Awards: Now Accepting Entries for the 2021 Awards

Singing Bridge in Frankfort, Kentucky.


2021 Bridgehunter Awards

Ten years ago, in November 2011, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles started the Othmar H. Ammann Awards, featuring bridges in the original categories of Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge, Lifetime Achievement, Best Bridge Photo, and Best Kept Secret- Best places to find a historic bridge. The voting was done by selected people and the awards were given out at the beginning of 2012.

Fast forward ten years later, we have a different name (awards name changed in 2019), same categories but also newer ones and we have many more people in public voting than the select few. And this year will be more exciting than ever before. 🙂

Between now and December 1st, entries are being gathered for the 10th Annual Bridgehunter Awards. This year’s awards are special as we are paying tribute to four pontists who passed away within the last year: James Baughn, who died on December 6, 2020, Toshirou Okomato who passed unexpectedly in May of this year, and lastly, JR Manning and Dr. James L. Cooper, who both died on August 19th.  The new categories and bridge entries presented in this year’s awards reflect on the achievement of each person. One of the categories is a reincarnation of the one that was hosted by Mr. Baughn who had created bridgehunter.com, which is now owned by Historic Bridge Foundation.

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If you are interested in submitting your favorite bridges, photos and persons, who left a mark in historic bridge preservation and tourism, please use this link, which will take you to the page about the Bridgehunter Awards. There, an online form is available and you can submit your bridge entries there. For bridge photos, please ensure that there is no more than 1MB per photo and are sent in jpg. The online form can also be used if you have any questions, need the author’s e-mail address, etc.


The categories for this year’s Bridgehunter Awards include:

Jet Lowe’s Best Bridge Photo

Othmar H. Ammann’s Bridge Tour Guide

Mystery Bridge

Ralph Modjeski’s Lifetime Achievement

Eric DeLony’s Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge

And lastly, Bridge of the Year.


With the exception of Best Bridge Photo, Bridge of the Year and Lifetime Achievement, there will be separate categories: Bridges in the USA and Bridges on the International Scale. Entries are welcomed from all over the world in all of the categories.


For Best Bridge Photo:  The top five winners will have their bridge photo posted on the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles website (for 1st Place), BHC’s facebook open page (for 2nd place), BHC facebook group page (3rd place), BHC twitter page (4th place) and BHC LinkedIn (5th place) for the first half of 2022.

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New to the list of category include:


Endangered TRUSS: Reincarnated from James Baughn’s TRUSS Awards, the award is given out to a historic bridge whose historic value is being threatened with demolition or alteration due to progress.

James Baughn’s Individual Bridge: Awarded to a bridge, whose unique design and history deserves recognition.  This category replaces the old one, Best Kept Secret Individual Bridge.

Lost Bridge Tour Guide: Awarded to a region that used to have an abundance of historic bridges but have long since been wiped out or reduced to only one or two.

Best Bridge Book/ Bridge Literature: Awarded to a literary piece that is devoted to bridges. This can be homemade by the submitter or a book written by somebody else but deserves an award.


While some entries have already been added in some of the categories, you have time to submit your entries between now and December 1st. Afterwards, voting will commence throughout all of December and the first half of January. How the voting will be done will be announced once the ballots are ready for you to use for voting. Voting will end on January 21st, 2022 with the winners to be announced a day later on the 22nd.

This year’s awards will be special for many reasons, all of which will be focused on one thing: Giving thanks to many who have devoted their time, money and efforts to documenting, photographing and spearheading efforts to restoring historic bridges, not only in the United States and Canada as well as in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. There are many people who deserve a large amount of thanks for their work. The Bridgehunter’s Awards, in its tenth year, is going to put these people and the bridges in the spotlight, no matter where we travel to, to visit the bridges.

Looking forward to your entries between now and December 1st and as always, happy bridgehunting and happy trails, folks. ❤ 🙂


2020 Bridgehunter Awards Part 4: Bridge of the Year, Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge and Best Kept Secret Individual Bridge

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Before going to the fourth and final part, let’s have a look at the first three parts so you have a chance to vote in all them:

Part 1: Best Bridge Photo: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/06/2020-bridgehunter-awards-best-bridge-photo/

Part 2: Tour Guide International/ US Bridges: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/06/2020-bridgehunter-awards-part-2-tour-guide/

Part 3: Mystery Bridge/ Lifetime Achievement: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/12/07/2020-bridgehunter-awards-part-3-mystery-bridge-and-lifetime-achievement/

And now the fourth and final ballot of the 2020 Bridgehunter Awards, which features the categories Bridge of the Year, Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge and Best Kept Secret Individual Bridge(s).

Before voting you can have a look at the stories behind these candidates that are up for this award:


Photo by Royce and Bobette Haley

Meadows Road Bridge/ Northampton County Bridge 15 IN Northhampton County, Pennsylvania: This 162-year old stone arch bridge is the focus of preservation efforts because of its unique arches. It’s been listed as one of the state’s most endangered. More here: http://bridgehunter.com/pa/northampton/meadows-road/

Photo by James Baughn

Kern Bowstring Arch Bridge in Mankato, MN:  The longest bridge of its kind in the US and second longest in the world became a subject of rescue efforts as it was removed and dismantled this year. Now it will have a new home but in the same town.  More here: https://www.mankatofreepress.com/news/local_news/city-county-endorse-mankatos-kern-bridge-bid/article_dff6378a-2ea6-11eb-9c6d-cfb697a3dc5e.html & https://bridgehunter.com/mn/blue-earth/bh36213/

Photo by James McCray

Edmund Pettis / John Lewis Bridge in Selma, Alabama: The 80-year old, steel through arch bridge was a center of controversy throughout the entire year, as black rights activists have vied to have the name changed in honor and memory of Mr. Lewis, who died in July 2020: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/07/18/john-lewis-dies-renaming-selma-al-bridge-picking-up-speed-despite-opposition/

The Okoboji Bridge at Parks Marina in Okoboji, Iowa: Long abandoned for two decades, the bridge was feared doomed after floodwaters knocked the Thacher pony truss off its foundations in 2011. The bridge was saved and is now at Parks Marina- in Okoboji! Link: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/03/11/the-okoboji-bridge-at-parks-marina/

The Castlewood Bridge at Threshing Grounds in South Dakota: The Thacher through truss had once spanned the Big Sioux River until it disappeared- only to be discovered at the Threshing Grounds in Twin Rivers. Story here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/03/07/castlewood-bridge-in-a-new-home-on-the-threshing-grounds/

Frank J. Wood Bridge in Maine: The three-span through truss bridge has been a center of controversy between those who want to keep the bridge (the residents) and those who want to tear it down (Maine DOT). Already the case is going through the federal courts. Missing is of course Judge Marilyn Milian.  https://www.facebook.com/FrankJWoodBridge/

Photo by Eugene Birchall

Bailey Truss Bridges: Designed using spare parts by an unknown civil engineer, Donald Bailey left a legacy in the remaining crossings that had once played a key role in ending World War II: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/10/16/wartime-bridge-the-legacy-of-the-bailey-truss/

Photo by Richard Doody

London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona: 50 years ago, a millionaire bought a 700 year old arch bridge and relocated it across the ocean: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/06/07/why-an-american-bought-the-london-bridge/

Photo by Andrew Raker

DuSable Bridge in Chicago: One of the first drawbridges in the city, this bridge turned 100 years old in 2020. https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/05/21/dusable-bridge-chicagos-most-famous-turns-100-thursday-block-club-chicago/

Photo taken by S. Moeller. Public domain through wikipedia

Fehmarn Bridge in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany: The World’s first basket-weave through arch bridge got spared demolition after residents fought to save the structure for local traffic to Fehmarn Island, while a Belt Tunnel, carrying a motorway and railroad route is expected to be built  https://www.railwaygazette.com/infrastructure/immersed-tunnel-to-relieve-fehmarnsund-bridge/55939.article



The next category to vote is the Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge. We have a wide variety of historic bridges from around the world that have been restored to their original glory. A link to an article for each bridge candidate is available for you to read before voting:


Photo by Ben Tate

Stillwater Lift Bridge in MN/WI: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNDOT/bulletins/28de42b

Photo by Roger Deschner

Rainbow Arch Bridge in Fort Morgan, CO: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/fort-morgan-historic-rainbow-arch-bridge-journeys-with-johnbo/

Photo by Patrick Gurwell

Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey: https://www.worldhighways.com/wh10/news/award-bayonne-bridge-project-us

Phtot by Daniel Hopkins

New Freedom Truss Bridge in York, Pennsylvania: https://eu.ydr.com/story/news/2020/06/26/historic-bridge-truss-restored-set-back-into-place-new-freedom-over-york-county-rail-trail/3263481001/

Photo by Alexander Kapp

Stone Arch Bridge at Yorkshire Dales, UK: https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2020/07/07/historic-bridge-is-restored-to-former-glory/

Source: Greek City Times

Plaka Bridge in Greece: https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/19/historic-plaka-bridge-is-fully-restored-after-extensive-repairs/

Phtot by Matthew Hemmer

King Bowstring Arch Bridge in Sidney, Ohio: https://www.sidneydailynews.com/news/187638/historic-bridge-dedicated?fbclid=IwAR3WfOy5PeXMo21Qi0OCHd_wlm4gpyolJvUTtGSs2vmQYqfuHdrO0vZ9pYY

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Photo by BACH Steel

Clover Ford Bridge in Shelbyville, Indiana: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=bachsteel&set=a.1958505750874080

Historic Skarfou bridge in Phaphos, Greece: https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/paphos-historic-skarfou-bridge-restored/

Caracau Viaduct in Romania: https://allgemeinebauzeitung.de/abz/hilfe-bei-instandsetzungsarbeiten-caracau-bruecke-in-rumaenien-saniert-40568.html



And lastly, we have the category Best Kept Secret for an Individual Bridge. Although the candidates from America and Europe have been meshed together, the winners will be announced in separate categories- American and International. Here are the candidates:


Sarto Swing Bridge in Louisiana: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/sarto-iron-bridge-in-louisiana-dave-trips-documentary/

Humpback Covered Bridge in Virginia: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/02/26/hyb-humpback-covered-bridge/

The Bridge at Skinkatteberg, Sweden: https://instaology.com/2020/02/04/under-a-bridge-in-skinnskatteberg/

The Bridge at Oakwood Cemetary in Syracuse, NY: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/03/15/oakwood-cemetery/

Singing Bridge in Frankfort, Kentucky: http://bridgehunter.com/ky/franklin/37B00065N/

Finland Railway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Russia: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/finland-railway-bridge-in-st-petersburg-tales-from-the-braziers-grotto/

Dömitz Railroad Bridge in Germany: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/09/05/domitz-railroad-bridge/

Jastrowie Bridge in Poland: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/05/26/jastrowie-rail-bridge-in-poland/

Stańczyki Viaducts in Poland: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/04/19/stanczyki-viaducts-this-two-abandoned-overpasses-are-among-the-largest-bridges-in-poland/

Simon Kenton Bridge in Kentucky and Ohio: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/11/29/what-a-day-it-was-the-inauguration-of-a-bridge-between-kentucky-and-ohio-transportation-history/

Sweetland Bedstead Truss Bridge in Iowa: https://bridgehunter.com/ia/muscatine/old-sweetland-creek/?fbclid=IwAR1_CXTCgwgSUM7WcCdPXoIJX2U6kyD3ifQrPEVlN4T4Wy3aSgZW6vKA3ls



The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles would like to apologize for the delay in getting the ballots out there for people to vote on. We learned that one of our fellow pontists, James Baughn, died unexpectedly on Sunday the 6th while he was hiking. He was only three weeks shy of being 40. Mr. Baughn was the webmaster of bridgehunter.com for almost two decades, having compiled tens of thousands of bridges in the form of photos, information and history, thus making it the largest web database in the United States and second largest in the world behind structurae.net, based in Düsseldorf. A tribute has been written in his memory, which can be seen here. It includes the interview I did prior to his death.

A memorial is being created to honor James for his work with bridgehunter.com. This includes plans to continue with the website to ensure that people can contribute photos, stories and other information on bridges in the US. For more information on how to contribute to the fund, click here for details.

Therefore, to make the voting process fair, the voting will end on January 22nd at 11:59pm your local time. The winners will be announced a day later. In his memory and to honor him, there will be some upcoming name changes for the 2021 Bridgehunter Awards, which includes a new category. The announcement will be made once the winners are announced in January.

And now, without further ado, let’s make Mr. Baughn happy. Go out there and vote! 🙂 ❤

Update on 2020 Bridgehunter Awards

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Taking you Back 10 Years

Ten years and counting. 🙂 Tomorrow will be ten years ago that the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles was launched. To mark the occasion, the Chronicles will be providing you with the top 10 articles that were posted from 2010 to date. Between October 11th and January 31st, 2021, the Chronicles will feature the Top 10 in the categories of Bridge Tours (both US and International), Mystery Bridge, Bridge Photos courtesy of the Author, Bridge Photos taken by other pontists, Individual Bridge Stories and other cool bridge facts that were discovered during the Chronicles’ first decade of existence. Most of the past published articles will accompany the new posts, so that readers have double the fun reading up on the bridge stories from both the past and the present. They will appear both here as well as in the Chronicles’ facebook and twitter pages.

The 2020 Bridgehunter Awards:

Reminder to all that are interested, entries are still being taken for the 2020 Bridgehunter Awards. Between now and December 1st, you can submit your bridge photos, people who have dedicated their work towards restoring historic bridges, and bridges that were either restored and/or deserve international recognition. Information regarding the categories can be found here. Please submit your entries by clicking here. Photos can be sent to: flensburg.bridgehunter.av@googlemail.com.

Voting will commence afterwards with the winners being announced in January. It will use the same online platform as in the previous years with Poll Daddy/ Crowd Signal.

Because of the Corona Virus and the resulting restrictions of movement and activity, entries are open for not only candidates from this year but also in the previous years. That means for example, if you had a bridge photo that was taken in 2017 and not this year, feel free to enter it in this year’s competition. If you have any questions, etc., please contact Jason Smith at the Chronicles.

One more thing:

The 10th Anniversary celebrations will continue into 2021. Aside from the Corona Virus, which has impacted practically every aspect of life, 2021 will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Bridgehunter Awards. The first awards were introduced in November 2011 under the name the Othmar H. Ammann Awards. It has gained international fame ever since. The Author’s Choice Awards were introduced at the same time. The Bridgehunter Awards replaced the Ammann Awards in 2018, yet the categories have remained the same. Some stories and other items involving the Awards will come in the next year.

For more bridge stories, especially as we go through the years, subscribe to the Chronicles both here as well as through twitter, facebook and instagram. There will be many bridges to talk about, not to mention the candidates for the 2020 Bridgehunter Awards. And with that, stay healthy and happy bridgehunting. 🙂

2020 Bridgehunter Awards: Something New

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GLAUCHAU (SAXONY), GERMANY- In connection with the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles’ 10th anniversary, there will be special events going on throughout the year, taking a look back at the 10 years of informing the public about the importance of historic and unique bridges, as well as helping groups get the word out on preservation projects, and providing news coverage and tours of historic bridges. One of these is with the upcoming Bridgehunter’s Awards, originally known as the Ammann Awards, which will be hosted in its 10th year.

The first and most important aspect is that entries will be accepted between now and December 1st for the Bridgehunter’s Awards. Normally entries are accepted between October and December, with voting to commence during the holiday season until January, when the winners are announced. As this year marks the 10th anniversary of both, the Chronicles will accept entries early to allow people a chance to submit their bridge(s), bridge photos and/or people actively engaged in saving and restoring historic bridges. The Awards is open to all, both in North America as well as internationally (Europe, Asia and beyond) and the winners are given in the categories of Best Bridge Photo, Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge, Best Kept Secret Individual Bridge, Bridge Tour Guide, Mystery Bridge, and Lifetime Achievement. Information on the requirements under each category can be found in the Chronicles’ menu page or you can click here.

Two new categories are being added for this year’s Bridgehunter Awards. The first one is for Best Bridge Genre/Literature. Here, the Award will be given out for any literary work and/or historical book pertaining to bridges. Examples that are acceptable include novels, like The Bridges of Madison County, history and tour guide books, like the book on The Bridges along Route 66. Also acceptable is poetry devoted to bridges. Even one’s own work can be included, although personal reference to the work is required in order to avoid any issues of plagiarism or copyright violations. Some of the works in the running will be profiled prior to the start of voting in December. The first book profiled for this year will come in February of this year.

Another category runs along the same lines as the Tour Guide of Bridges in a City or Region. Also new for the Awards will be the Lost Bridge Tour Guide. In this category, only tour guides of regions where historic bridges had been plentiful before they were replaced but now only a couple to no historic bridges exist. Again, like in the Tour Guide, the candidate will be profiled in the Chronicles before the vote. Photos and small text on each (lost) historic bridge are a must. Existing articles from other sources are acceptable- preferably via wordpress but will accept non-wordpress articles as well.

Please submit all entries for the 2020 Bridgehunter Awards to Jason Smith at the Chronicles, using the contact details below. Get the word out to the (historic) bridges world- the Chronicles turns 10 this year and this year will be a great year. Don’t forget the deadline of December 1st for all entries for the Bridgehunter Awards. Best of luck to all and Happy Bridgehunting until we meet again.


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Bridgehunter Awards for Lifetime Legacy Post Humous: John F. Graham

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John F. Graham lecturing at the 2010 HB Conference in Pittsburgh. Photo taken in August 2010

When I first met John Graham at the 2nd annual Historic Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh in 2010, my first impression of him was that he was a conservative, dressed up as white collar worker, but a man of detail and experience.  It was John F. Graham who came up with a concept of augmented reality for structural analysis of bridges.

Augmented reality is a computer term that I had recently collected some general information on through a pair of presentations in an English for IT class at the Erfurt University of Applied Sciences in Germany. It basically analyses the inner portion of structures to analyze problems and find solutions. It had been introduced for medicine for identifying tissue damage in humans, making a precise diagnostic and recommendations for improving the body damage where the damage occurred.  Yet could Augmented Reality work for infrastructure, such as bridges?

Red Jacket Trestle after its reconstruction. Photo taken in 2012 by John Marvig

Apparently according to Graham, it does. In theory based on trial and error combined with experience, Mr. Graham at the conference showed that augmented reality can identify structural deficiencies inside bridge structures, through the use of special sensors, and make recommendations for fixing them. This latest technology would save money and prolong the life of the bridge, especially after the structure is rehabilitated. Evidence in praxis was shown with the Red Jacket Railroad Trestle south of Mankato, Minnesota later that year, for the Minnesota DOT was in charge of rebuilding the trestle after floodwaters undermined one of the piers, forcing officials to remove the deck plate girders while watching the stone pier collapse. In the other piers, structural weaknesses were identified to a point where the piers were reconstructed to resemble the original. The restoration ended in 2011.  Other rehabilitation projects involved this type of technology which saved costs and opened the doors for reusing historic bridges.

Hot Metal Bridges in Pittsburgh. Photo taken in 2010

Mr. Graham’s presentation based on this concept was one of many aspects that will make him a person who was conservative but reasonable when it came to the decision of rehabilitating bridges that were an asset to the area and replacing those that deteriorated beyond repair. He was a true Pittsburghese, having been born in the Steel City on 2 April, 1936 and studied civil engineering at Carnegie Tech (today known as Carnegie Mellon University. For most of his career, he was Director for Engineering and Construction for Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County, a position he held until 1989. During his time, he was responsible for the rehabilitation of hundreds of bridges in and around Pittsburgh, including the Sister Bridges, Sixteenth Street and the arch bridges at Fort Pitt and Fort Dusquene, just to name a few. He also had to replace some, like at Sutersville and Coraopolis, according to Todd Wilson, a civil engineer who knew him well during his days at Carnegie Mellon. Mr. Graham in 1978 pushed for and supported legislation that would allow the Federal Highway Administration to allocate the 90:10 funding ratio, whereby state and local governments would only bear 10% of the cost for rehabilitating or replacing the bridge, the former Graham championed and led to the prolongation of the lives of several of Pittsburgh’s bridges. Legislation continued this 90:10 ratio and prioritized rehabilitation until the Minneapolis Bridge collapse in 2007, which resulted in more radical measures to replace bridges. To the end, Mr. Graham continued advocating for identifying and fixing deficiencies in the structures, claiming that they were cost effective and would save on the use of materials needed for new bridges. Indirectly, it was a plus when identifying the historic significance of the bridges.

In 1989, Mr. Graham became the Director of Capital Projects for the City of Pittsburgh, where he oversaw the construction of the Pittsburgh International Airport and other related construction projects, including the Southern Beltway. He later worked for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and later taught engineering classes at Carnegie Mellon. He even operated his own civil engineering firm, where he was responsible for several projects, including the infrastructure for Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers American Football team. Much of the work in the greater Pittsburgh area has Mr. Graham’s name on it, and his unique conservative approach to bridge engineering will be remembered, even as people cross several of Pittsburgh’s restored historic bridges, of which he’s left a mark in at least half of them.

John F. Graham died peacefully on 14 March, 2019 with his daughter Wendy and her husband Marc by his side. In the last two years of his life he lived with her and her family in Philadelphia, which included her two sons. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay.  Mr. Graham was a true Pittsburghese and one who left a mark in Pittsburgh, the US and beyond, especially for his work in the field of civil engineering. Therefore, for his work, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles is awarding him and his family Lifetime Legacy Post Humus with a big thanks for his contributions. Because of him, we have found many creative ways to make bridges safe and maintain its integrity instead of replacing them outright, a concept that does more than waste money. It impacts the environment negatively because of materials used that are dwindling and non-renewable.

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2019 Bridgehunter Awards Results- Podcast

Black Hawk Bridge in Lansing, Iowa: Winner of Bridge of the Year. Photo by Roger Deschner

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Detailed recap of the results of the 2019 Bridgehunter and Author’s Choice Awards via podcast. Please click here     to listen.

Results of the 2019 Bridgehunter Awards here.

Results of the 2019 Author’s Choice Awards here.


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2019 BHC Bridgehunter Awards- Final Results

Harrisburg Covered Bridge in South Carolina: Winner of the Jet Lowe Awards   Photo taken by Darlene Hunter


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After revealing the author’s pics through the Author’s Choice Awards yesterday, here are the final results of the 2019 Bridgehunter Awards. I’m doing things a bit differently this year. The results will be posted including some highlights. Yet the details of this award and the Author’s Choice Awards will be posted as a podcast, to enable readers to get to the point in terms of results but also listen to the details. The podcast will appear in the next post.

Best Photo

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Top Four photos taken by two photographers.

New records set in this category including highest number of votes in one category.

Not one candidate had less than 200 votes


Best Kept Secret Individual Bridge International

BHA 19 Best Kept Ind Int


Brunel Swivel and Rosenstein also share the Author’s Choice Award title for best Bridge Find.

Top Six finishers either from Germany or the UK.

Blow-out finish for the Swivel.


Tour Guide International

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Title stays in Germany but going west for the first time

Big day for the Bridges of Edersee in this and the category Mystery Bridge (finishing second)


Lifetime Achievement

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Tight race especially in the top three

Winner, who has been the webmaster of Bridgehunter.com, will be interviewed later in the year. Congratulations to James Baughn on his 20 years experience.


Bridge of the Year

BHA 19 Bridge of the Year


Two Iowa Bridges finish in the top 2 outdoing the international competition. This despite their uncertain futures

Tight finish between the second and fifth place finishers.


Best Kept Secret Individual Bridge US/Canada:

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Top two finishers are scheduled to be renovated.

Bronze medalist’s future unclear

Royal Springs Bridge oldest in Kentucky.


Bridge Tour Guide USA

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Winner has several restored historic truss bridges including the lone remaining Stearns through truss span (Gilmore Bridge)

Book on the Bridges along Route 66 to be presented plus interview later in the Chronicles

Madison County includes the freshly rebuilt Cedar Covered Bridge plus five other original covered bridges.


Mystery Bridge

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Top eight finishers received more than 100 votes each. 7th place finisher (Rosenstein) received 120 votes. 8th place finisher (Wichert Viaduct) received 100 votes.

Tight finish among the top six finishers.

Third and fourth place finishers are no longer extant- Buckatunna collapsed in January ’19; Dale Bend was destroyed in an accident on January 30th, ’19


Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge

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Third Award in a row in this category for the crew of Julie Bowers, Nels Raynor and crew at Workin Bridges and BACH Steel.

Longfellow and Winona Bridges Awarded Author’s Choice for their work.

Second place finisher is first bridge in the world made of cast iron. Delicate restoration needed.

Several lead changes in this category.


Last but not least, the following announcements:

This year’s Bridgehunter Awards will be its 10th, which coincides with the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles’ 10th anniversary. Therefore, entries are being taken now and until December 1st for the 2020 Bridgehunter Awards. They include two new categories which will be presented in detail in a later article. Details on how to enter is found here. 

The top four finishers in the category Best Bridge Photo will have their photos displayed on the Chronicles’ website and its facebook and twitter pages between the middle of January and the end of July this year. Details in the podcast.

The 2019 Bridgehunter Awards will include a tribute to a former bridge engineer from Pittsburgh, whose invention has made inspecting bridges and diagnosting deficiencies requiring repairs instead of replacement much more advanced. More on him after the podcast.

Congratulations to all the candidates on their bridge entries and voters like you for supporting them in the 2019 Awards. And a big honor to the top finishers in each category! You deserve it! 🙂

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2019 Bridgehunter Awards Voting Ballot Part 1

The QEII Bridge at Dartford, east of London. It has extremely long approach ramps to get the roadway high enough to cross the River Thames while still leaving sufficient clearance for ships to pass underneath. This is the problem that a transporter bridge aims to solve. Photo by Nico Hogg [CC BY 2.0] via this flickr page


After processing the candidates and adding some information to some of them, the time has come to vote for our favorite candidates in nine categories for the 2019 Bridgehunter Awards, powered by the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles. As mentioned earlier in the year, the Ammann Awards were changed to this name to honor some of the pontists, whose category and prizes have been named in their honor. Nevertheless though, the format is the same as in the previous awards. There are two voting ballots- one here and one on the next page (which you can click here). With the exception of the category Best Photo, each candidate has a link which you can access so that you can look at them more closely in terms of photos and information.

For Best Photo, I’ve decided to do it differently. One simply looks at the photos and votes. The names of the top six (including the winner) will be announced.

Voting is unlimited due to the high number of candidates in each of the categories- both on the US level as well as on the international level- and because many of us have multiple preferences than just one. 😉

Without further ado, here’s part I of the voting ballot and have fun voting. 🙂






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2019 Bridgehunter Awards Voting Ballot Part 2



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After voting in the first part of the ballot, here is the second part and the same procedure as in the first. Information on the Lifetime Achievement Candidates you will find at the end of the ballot, including links.  The deadline to vote is 11:59pm your local time on 10th January, 2020. The winners will be announced two days later. Good luck with the voting! 🙂







Information on the Lifetime Achievement Candidates:

Satolli Glassmeyer: An interview with him and how he created History in Your Own Backyard can be found here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/finding-history-in-your-backyard-an-interview-with-satolli-glassmeyer/ 

Workin Bridges:  In business since 2009, Workin Bridges has been the leader in restoring historic bridges in the United States, both big and small. Consisting of a crew of bridge restoration experts, the company has garnered up lots of awards for bridge restoration, plus documentaries on a couple key historic bridges. Link: https://www.workinbridges.org/

Dan McCain: Chairman of the Wabash Canal Trails Association in Indiana, Mr. McCain spearheaded efforts to relocate several historic truss bridges to the Delphi area to be erected along the canal as bike and pedestrian crossings. This includes the Gilmore Bridge, the last of the Stearns through truss bridge in the country. Link: http://www.huntingtoncountytab.com/community/52080/mccain-discuss-wabash-and-erie-canal-march-20-history-museum

James Schiffer: Founder of Schiffer Group, based in Michigan, Mr. Schiffer brings over 30 years of experience in the world of civil engineering and has worked with several preservation groups in restoring some historic bridges; among them the Paper Mill Bridge, now in Delaware. Link:http://www.schiffergroup.com/

John Marvig: Mr. Marvig brings over a decade of experience in historic railroad bridges in the upper half of the United States. You can find them on his website: http://johnmarvigbridges.org/

Friends of Brunel’s Swivel Bridge in Bristol, England: This bridge celebrated its 170th birthday this year and the group has been working to restore and reactivate I.K. Brunel’s bridge over the canal and River Avon for almost a decade. This features bridge (preservation) experts, historians, welders, city officials and the like- both past and present. Link: https://www.brunelsotherbridge.org.uk/

James Baughn of bridgehunter.com: For almost two decades, Mr. Baughn has run Bridgehunter.com, a database containing millions of historic bridges in the United States and Puerto Rico, both past and present. It still is active in collecting and storing information for people to use. Link: http://bridgehunter.com/

Organization to Save the Chemnitz Viaduct: Since the announcement to tear down the railroad viaduct in the third largest city in Saxony in 2002, this organization worked tirelessly to convince the German Railways to change its mind and counter it with restoring the bridge instead. This turned out to be successful this year:https://viadukt-chemnitz.de/and https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/chemnitz-viaduct-spared-demolition/


Author’s Note: Should you have problems accessing the links in the different categories, highlight and copy (Ctrl. + C) the link you want to open, then paste (Ctrl. + V)  it onto the bar of a new window. In case of further problems with the ballot, feel free to contact Jason Smith at the Chronicles, using the contact form here. 


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2019 Bridgehunter’s Awards: Now Taking Entries


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It’s been a year for bridge photos and tours, as well as successful preservation projects and the like. And now it’s time to give them the recognition they deserve. Entries are being taken for this year’s Bridgehunter Awards, presented by the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles. Between now and December 1st, you have an opportunity to submit your favorite bridge in the following categories:

Best Bridge Photo

Lifetime Achievement

Best Kept Secret Individual

Best Bridge Tour Guide

Best Example of a Preserved Historic Bridge

Mystery Bridge

And Bridge of the Year.

Information on the requirements can be found per link here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/the-othmar-h-ammann-awards/


Please submit your entries per mail to Jason Smith at the Chronicles at: Flensburg.bridgehunter.av@googlemail.com. Deadline is December 1st with voting to commence afterwards.

With some exceptions the awards will be given on the American and International levels, Therefore, entries are welcomed from all around the world.


This is the first time the awards are being given under the new name. Although it is considered a generic name, it includes the categories named after several bridge greats, from Ammann himself, to Eric DeLony, honoring them for their work in bridge construction and preservation. The Author’s Choice Awards, where the author chooses his best and worst for bridge preservation and destruction remains as is, but if you have some candidates worth mentioning, please check the guidelines in the link and submit your entries, using the above-mentioned e-mail address. While the Pics of the Week will not be included in this year’s awards, there is a separate page in the Chronicles where you can click on and have a look at the photos taken by the author, using them as a source of inspiration to refine and improve your photo-taking skills.

And with that, all I can say is Happy Bridgehunting and looking forward to the entries! 🙂

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