BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 124

Photo by James Baughn

After a tumultous week, learning about the sudden passing of fellow pontist, James Baughn and preparing for a nation-wide lockdown in Germany, scheduled for next week, we’re going to feature one of James’ greatest bridge photos. His favorite historic is the Appleton Bridge, a wrought iron bridge built in 1879 and located at the Cape Girardeau and Perry County border. Washed away by floodwaters in 1982, the bridge was rebuilt in 2005 and has since been a fixture to the historic town of Old Appleton. The bridge is decorated annually and James caught a night photo of the structure in 2012 when the entire structure was lit and a Christmas tree was on the decking. It was one of James’ favorite bridges and he talked a lot about that and other structures in and around the region where he lived. Information and history of the bridge can be found here.

To answer last week’s Pic of the Week Question of where this bridge is located, the one I photographed, this was a covered bridge located in the village of Cantrill in Van Buren County, Iowa. The village has two covered bridges located around the pond at the city park. This area is lit every year for the holiday occasion, including 2014, when my family and I visited the area, during our US visit to my parents and brother in Minnesota.


Despite the tragedy this week, the ballots for the 2020 Bridgehunter Awards are finished and voting has taken place. Between now and January 22nd, you can vote for your favorite bridges in each of the four ballots, totalling nine categories.

There are four different ballots for you to vote.

Part one is Best Bridge Photo:

Part two: Bridge Tour Guide (US/International):

Part three: Mystery Bridge and Lifetime Achievement:

Part four: Best example of restored hisoric bridge, bridge of the year and best kept secret:

Each candidate has a link you can click on that features stories and photos of each bridge and each candidate. Due to circumstances that are unexpected (see Ballot Part 4) the voting has been extended to January 22nd and the winners to be announced on the 23rd.To honor James Baughn, there will be some changes to the upcoming Bridgehunter Awards for 2021. The announcement is expected in January. Already a fundraiser is being set up for a memorial fund honoring James; click here for details. Plans are to keep running but if you have any questions or to wish to help in any way, the contact details are in the link.

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:

Part 2: Tour Guide International/ US Bridges:

Part 3: Mystery Bridge/ 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:

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: &

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:

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:

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:

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.

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:

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:

Photo by Andrew Raker

DuSable Bridge in Chicago: One of the first drawbridges in the city, this bridge turned 100 years old in 2020.

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



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:

Photo by Roger Deschner

Rainbow Arch Bridge in Fort Morgan, CO:

Photo by Patrick Gurwell

Bayonne Bridge in New Jersey:

Phtot by Daniel Hopkins

New Freedom Truss Bridge in York, Pennsylvania:

Photo by Alexander Kapp

Stone Arch Bridge at Yorkshire Dales, UK:

Source: Greek City Times

Plaka Bridge in Greece:

Phtot by Matthew Hemmer

King Bowstring Arch Bridge in Sidney, Ohio:

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Photo by BACH Steel

Clover Ford Bridge in Shelbyville, Indiana:

Historic Skarfou bridge in Phaphos, Greece:

Caracau Viaduct in Romania:



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:

Humpback Covered Bridge in Virginia:

The Bridge at Skinkatteberg, Sweden:

The Bridge at Oakwood Cemetary in Syracuse, NY:

Singing Bridge in Frankfort, Kentucky:

Finland Railway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Russia:

Dömitz Railroad Bridge in Germany:

Jastrowie Bridge in Poland:

Stańczyki Viaducts in Poland:

Simon Kenton Bridge in Kentucky and Ohio:

Sweetland Bedstead Truss Bridge in Iowa:



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 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, 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 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:

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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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

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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, will be interviewed later in the year. Congratulations to James Baughn on his 20 years experience.


Bridge of the Year

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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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