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The Bridgehunter's Chronicles

The Bridgehunter's Chronicles

By Jason Smith
This podcast provides you with a summary of all the stories involving historic bridges in the United States, Canada, Europe and elsewhere.
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BHC Newsflyer: 21 June, 2020
Headlines: Workin Bridges in Iowa to Close Down Virginia's Historic Bridges on the Endangered List Pursuit to Rename a Historic Bridge in Alabama Historic Bridge in Kentucky in Danger of Collapse Two Discoveries of Historic Bridge in Germany Plus: Short stories and Addressing the Death of George Floyd
June 21, 2020
BHC Newsflyer: 16 May 2020
Stories in this podcast: Hamburg Bridge Projects 2020 The Bridges of Hamburg (blog): Kattwyk Lift Bridge Article: Bridge info: The Bridge at Pulvermühle Article: Cäcilienbrücke in Oldenburg (Lower Saxony) To Come Down Article: Bridge Info: New Design Unveiled for Northern Avenue Bridge Northern Avenue Bridge Project: Article: Bridge Info: Labor Day Walk at Mackinac Bridge Cancelled because of Covid-19 Article: Flower Theft at Bridge of Flowers Article: Bridge Info: Jefferson Davis Bridge to be Restored Article: Bridge Info:
May 16, 2020
BHC Newsflyer: 8 May, 2020
Stories in this Podcast: Wartime Bridge Stories to Commemorate the Bridges that Played a Key Role in World War II Article: Page: World War II Articles Via Flensburg Files (May 7th 2020 on):  !: Page turner at the end of each article. Some links will take you to stories detailed. Sulfur Fork Bridge nominated for the National Register Article: Bridge Info: Information on the Tobacco Wars: Bynum Bridge Listed on the National Register Bridge Info: Grant to fix covered bridge in Tennessee Article: Bridge Info: Kindee Bridge to be Repaired Article: Project Website: Suicide Attempts Ends in Soft Landing Article: Bridge Info:
May 16, 2020
BHC Newsflyer May 1, 2020
News Stories: Lyme-East Thetford Bridge Listed on the National Register Article: Bridge Info: New Squbb Zig Zag Bridge in Brooklyn: 9th Street Bridge in Boise to Receive New Decking Article: Bridge Info: Rezner Bowstring Arch Bridge to get a make-over Article: Bridge info (including biography on William Rezner): Historic Prestolee Bridge Restored and Reopened Article: Info on Packhorse Bridge: Info on Prestolee Bridge: Historic Iron Bridge in the Bavarian Alps to be Replaced Article:,Rwh0o1A New Bridge Builder Sought for Leverkusen Bridge after Defective Bridge Parts Imported from China Article: Bridge Info: Plus: New Stories on Phantom Bridges being Collected in Connection with the BHC's 10th anniversary special. NOTE: Does not include the short headlines of other bridges that are mentioned in the podcast
May 1, 2020
BHC Newsflyer (Corona Special): 24 April 2020
This podcast looks at the cancellation of bridge festivals (Brückenfest) in Germany. They include: Krämerbrücke Fest in Erfurt Horde Bridge Festival in Dortmund Nuremberg Bridge Festival at the Theodor-Heuss Bridge  Alte Brückefest in Heidelberg Covered Bridge Festival in Elizabethon, Tennessee Crawfish Fest in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana Links with additional information available through the BHC Newsflyer page on the Bridgehunter's Chronicles wordpress page. 
April 24, 2020
BHC Newsflyer: 17 April 2020
Headlines:  Kern Bowstring Arch Bridge Has (Possible) New Home in Fergus Falls 3rd Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis to be Rehabilitated Kassberg Bridge in Chemnitz Reopens After 2-year Restoration Historic Bridge in Halsbrücke to be Removed Amrutanjan Viaduct in India Imploded Team Selected for Champlain Bridge Removal in Montreal Work Commences to Finish Sixaola Bridge Project Art Competition for Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge
April 17, 2020
BHC Newsflyer: 10 April 2020
Headlines: Railroad Bridge north of Basel (Switzerland) Collapses- One Dead Information on the incident: Century Old Bridge in Italy Collapses- Minor Casualties Article: Bridge info: Spencerville Covered Bridge Recognized as State's Favorite Article: Bridge Information: Gardiner Bridge Project Delayed Due to Corona Virus Article: Info on the Project: Bridge Info: Finlay Bridge in Medicine Hat (Alberta), Canada to be Rehabilitated Article: Bridge Info: Bothell Wooden Truss Bridge to be Replaced Info on Bridge Project: Tour Guide on the Bridges of Waldheim (Saxony), Germany Tour Guide: The Bridges of Waldheim (Saxony), Germany
April 11, 2020
BHC Newsflyer: 3 April 2020
Headlines: Pennsylvania Recommences Emergency Projects Despite Statewide Lockdown Link: Information on Lockdown: Merger of the Thruway and Bridge Authorities in New York Fails Link: Bayonne Bridge Receives Prestigious Award by ASCE Link: Bridge Information: Virus Delays Rehabilitation Project at Winnington Swing Bridge Link: Information on the Bridge: Virus Delays Work on Bettendorf Bridge Replacement Project I-74 Bridge Project: Bridge of Flowers Closed due to Corona. Link to website: Smith Road Bridge Relocated to New Home Article: Information on the Bridge: Schlunzig Cable-Stayed Bridge Project Delayed because of Corona Article:
April 3, 2020
BHC Newsflyer: March 27, 2020
Headlines in this Podcast: Attempted Derailing of Train at Theisstal Viaduct in Niederhausen (Hesse) Links: Bridge Info: a motorway viaduct) Poole Lifting Bridge in Dorset crushes van. Links: Article: Bridge Info: Historic Bridges in Warwickshire, England to get a Makeover Links: Articles: & Tour Guide: Goodspeed Swing Bridge to be Rehabilitated. Sidewalk a possibility? Links: Article: Bridge Info: Truss Bridge Partially Collapses in Illinois Link: Waterville Truss Bridge Gone! Link: Medicine Creek Bridge in Osgood, MO to be Replaced. Links: Project: Bridge Info: First Bridge Photo Taken: 
March 27, 2020
BHC Newsflyer: 20 March, 2020
Corona-Virus Special.  Headlines: Pennsylvania suspends all bridge building projects Michigan no longer accepting cash at toll bridges Reopening Celebrations at Stillwater Lift Bridge Delayed Opening of Dublin Suspension Bridge Delayed Traffic Jam causes problems for Oder-Neisse River crossings Virus Delays Construction of Zuari Bridge in India Delays in China-Partnership Bridge Projects in Croatia and Bangladesh Update on the Lindaunis-Schlei Bridge Replacement Project- bridge now closed to vehicular traffic. 
March 19, 2020
BHC Newsflyer 13 March 2020
Headlines:  East Trent Bridge in Spokane, WA to be replaced Commercial Street Bridge in Pittsburgh to be replaced; Frazier Street Bridge as next in line Ohder Railroad Bridge in Wuppertal, Germany restored Henley Bridge in Solingen, Germany to be replaced after 20 years Garden Bridge in Preston, England? Frank J. Wood Bridge in Maine in Preservation Magazine Lichfield Iron Bridge to be restored Okoboji Truss Bridge at new home
March 15, 2020
BHC Newsflyer: 6 March, 2020
Fehmarn Bridge to receive a tunnel. News Story: News Story on the Rehabilitation Project:,fehmarnsundbruecke156.html Railway Station Bridge in Lübeck to be Replaced German Bridge Awards Postponed due to Corona Virus Truss Bridge in New Jersey to be Replaced. News Story: Bridge Info: Two Historic Bridges in Pennsylvania to be Rehabilitated Old Ford Road Bridge: Chandler Road Bridge:
March 6, 2020
BHC Newsflyer: 28 February, 2020
Headlines: Public Opinion Survey on Cascade Bridge in Burlington, Iowa Public Opinion Survey on Bismarck Railroad Bridge in North Dakota Rehabilitation Work Begins on Waterloo Bridge in Virginia Elsenbrücke in Berlin to be Replaced (includes Documentary on Highway B-96) Rodenkirchen Suspension Bridge to be Replaced- old bridge to remain Railroad Bridge at Kressbronn to be Demolished Rehabilitation on the Katrine Aqueduct in Scotland Changes to two facebook pages (bridge-related) How to handle the Coronavirus- an author's perspective Link to Newsflyer Article:
February 28, 2020
BHC Newsflyer 21 February 2020
Headlines in the Newsflyers: Millbrook Truss Bridge to be demolished in the summer Five bridges in Glauchau-Zwickau area to be reconstructed this year Historic Plaka Bridge in Greece restored in-kind Historic Theodore Heuss Bridge in Mainz, Germany reopened but with restrictions The search for answers on the disappearance of the Castlewood Truss Bridge BHC Collecting Stories on Bizarre Encounters with People and Animals while Bridgehunting
February 22, 2020
BHC Newsflyer 31 January, 2020
Headlines in this podcast: Demolition date set for Bleicher Hag Bridge in Ulm, Germany. Another bridge near the Schubert Gymnasium condemned. Aetnaville Bridge in Wheeling, WV for sale: Any Takers Mügsten Railroad Viaduct in Wuppertal, Germany in the running for UNESCO World Heritage- rehabilitation to end in 2021 Scottsburg Bridge in Oregon to be replaced. Truss Bridge to be torn down by 2022. Sheepford Truss Bridge in York County, PA closes after failed inspection. 
January 30, 2020
BHC Newsflyer 13 January 2020
Special Edition of Newsflyer: Results of the 2019 Bridgehunter Awards and Author Choice Awards James Baughn wins Lifetime Achievement for Bristol wins several accolades including Best Kept Secret Individual and Author's Choice for Best Find Records smashed in Best Bridge Photo Award Workin Bridges wins another Bridgehunter Award for Best Example of Restored Historic Bridge thanks to Hayden Bridge Longfellow and Winona Bridges winners of Author's Choice for  Best Example of Restored Historic Bridge Watts Mill and Richardsville Bowstring Arch Bridge, current Workin Bridges projects, numbers 1 and 2 for Best Kept Secret US Black Hawk Bridge and Cascade Bridge (both of Iowa) gold and silver medalist for Bridge of the Year The Bridges of Edersee gold medalist for Tour Guide International and silver medalist for Mystery Bridge Delphi, Indiana winner of Tour Guide USA/Canada by large margin Changes coming in light of BHC's 10th anniversary and upcoming 10th annual Bridgehunter Awards. 
January 13, 2020
BHC Newsflyer: 8 October, 2019
Headlines: Historic Bridge at Bleicher Hag in Ulm, Germany closed to all traffic- removal planned for next year 50th annual Covered Bridge Festival in Madison County, Iowa and the Reopening of the Cedar Bridge Historic Brunswick Railroad Bridge in Kansas washed away by floods Historic Bridge in Massachusetts receives award for its rehabilitation Historic Battleground Golf Course Bridge in Deer Park, Texas Reopens after Facelift Historic bridge in Bowling Green, Indiana relocated to Nashville in Brown County.
October 10, 2019
BHC Newsflyer: 3 October 2019
Yilan Bridge in Taiwan Collapses Black Hawk Bridge in Iowa to be Replaced Wheeling Suspension Bridge Closes Fire at Zossener Viaduct in Berlin- no structural damage Grafenwerth Bridge in Bad Honnef to be Rehabilitated Entries taken for the 2019 Bridgehunter Awards
October 3, 2019
BHC Newsflyer: 16 September, 2019
Lawsuit against Maine DOT and Elaine Chao filed over the Frank J. Wood Bridge  Historic Rieth Bridge in Erfurt, Germany Relocated- to be Rehabilitated Fire Destroys Parker Railroad Bridge over the Colorado Bill Thorpe Walkway Bridge to get a Massive Makeover Canadian Government to Reacquire the Quebec Bridge from CN Railroad Stor Bridge in Sundsvall, Sweden to be Replaced
September 21, 2019
BHC Newsflyer: 9 November, 2019
Headlines: Historic Staffeler Bridge in Limburg to be replaced. Old bridge to be repurposed for recreational use: Historic Gänsetorbrücke in Ulm/ Neu-Ulm to be torn down and replaced after losing its historic status: Historic King William Bridge in Adelaide, Australia to either close or be replaced by 2030: Historic Bridge Stones stolen by vandals at historic bridge in Yorkshire. Police investigating: Historic Hammersmith Bridge in London to be Rehabilitated. Closed for three years. Mangaweka Bridge in New Zealand spared demolition- will remain as a pedestrian/ bike crossing: Brunel’s historic bridge in Bristol celebrating its birthday milestone (not the suspension bridge though): Historic drawbridge in Florida rehabbed and reopened to traffic: Historic bridge in Costa Rica faces unknown future as community mulls at replacement:
September 9, 2019
Newsflyer: 2 September, 2019
Tower Bridge celebrates 125 years Historic Bridge Walk in Michigan Longfellow Bridge receives national accolade Eight Missouri Bridges for sale
September 3, 2019
BHC Newsflyer: 19 August, 2019
Headlines for this podcast: Fleher Cable-stayed Suspension Bridge in Dusseldorf to be Rehabilitated Rudolf-WIsser Viaduct and 20 other bridges at Berlin's Dreieck Funkturm to be replaced beginning 2023 Sailboat ramms Wieck Drawbridge in Greifswald Harta Truss Bridge in Herford under the knife Main Street Bridge in Sellersville, PA to be rehabbed Upper Hurricane Road Bridge, a bridge with a dark past now at Sharon Johnston Park Two truss bridges in Idaho to be torn down and replaced The search for Ernest Wichert and his Wichert truss design Information on the Iron and Steel Preservation Conference in Michigan
August 22, 2019
Newsflyer: 5 August, 2019
What you will be listening to in the podcast: Historic 13th Century Bridge in Belgium Demolished Flooding destroys bridges and threatens international bike tournament in England Three historic bridges in Singapore Recognized as National Monuments Multi-span Truss Bridge in New Harmony Receives a New Owner Champ Clark Bridge Replaced Karnin Lift Bridge and Railroad to Usedom Island to be Reactivated? New Discovery in the Edel Reservoir near Kassel (Germany)
August 7, 2019
Newsflyer: 28 July 2019
News Stories: Heat Impacts Movable Bridges in Europe Clarendon Bridge in Arkansas Comes Down after Six Year Battle to Try and Save it. Historic Bridge Collapses in North Dakota- Caused by Overweight Truck Abandoned Truss Bridge in Arizona Finds New Home Historic Bridge in Lebanon Co (Pennsylvania) Gets a Lift to Its New Home London's Bridges Light Up
August 5, 2019
BHC Newsflyer 9 July, 2019
Headlines to listen to: Historic bridge in Mississippi restored and reopened after being closed for 8 years Restored Bridge Gate at Alte Brücke in Heidelberg, Germany Canadian Postal Service honors covered bridges with commemorative stamps Bear Tavern Truss Bridge in New Jersey relocated with trusses used as decoration Two Erie Canal Bridges in New York to undergo 18-months rehabilitation Key crossing in Lausanne, Switzerland receiving a major makeover with tallest cranes in Europe Play commemorating Kate Shelley now showing in Boone County, Iowa Ore Mountain region in Saxony (Germany) and Bohemia (Czech Republic) given World Heritage status by UNESCO
July 9, 2019
BHC Newsflyer 1 July 2019
Genoa's Morandi Bridge Demolished by Implosion Fate of Aetnaville Bridge in Wheeling appears sealed Fate of historic bridge in Sydney (AUS) a subject of controversy re. neglect Fate of historic bridge in New Zealand uncertain- may be saved after all Fate of Remagen Bridge in Germany uncertain as no buyer for the bridge towers has been found Winona (MN) Bridge reopens after a three-year closure for rehabilitation Bridge plaque of historic bridge in Napa, CA restored Railroad Bridge near Canton (SD) being rebuilt after destruction of truss bridge in Great Ice Jam 2019 Mystery Bridge in Olbernhau
July 1, 2019
Newsflyer: 23 June, 2019
News stories: Call for Action to Save the Gasconade Bridge in Missouri Man pees off bridge onto passenger boat in Berlin Historic bridge in Indiana relocated to a park in Muncie Historic bridge reused as a church in Great Barrington, MA 30th Anniversary of the Opening of the Border at Vacha Bridge Updates for the Chronicles
June 24, 2019