Old Route 3 Bridge — Gale, Illinois

This truss bridge carries old Illinois state route 3 over Sexton Creek near the community of Gale in northern Alexander County, Illinois.

Old Gale Bridge -- Alexander County, Illinois
The bridge was constructed in 1933 and bypassed by the reconstruction of state route 3 to the west in 1990.
Old Gale Bridge -- Alexander County, Illinois
The bridge is 337 feet long and 23 feet wide. It was rehabilitated in 2011
Old Gale Bridge -- Alexander County, Illinois
This bridge is elegible to be considered to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cairo-Mississippi River Bridge

Cairo-Mississippi River Bridge The Cairo-Mississippi River bridge was constructed in 1929 and carries US 60 and US 62 from Cairo Illinois across the Mississippi River to a point in Missouri just north of the town of Charleston. The bridge is 5,175 feet long. Cairo-Mississippi River Bridge
he bridge originated as a toll bridge in 1929, constructed by the American Bridge Company and the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company. Traveling downstream, the Cairo Mississippi River Bridge is the southernmost crossing of the Mississippi River prior to its confluence with the Ohio River and lies just 2000 feet west of the mouth of the Ohio.
Cairo-Mississippi River Bridge Many people have pondered the question if the construction of the two Cairo River bridges played a role in the town’s demise. In the years since the construction of the two bridges, the town of Cairo has experienced an 81% population decline (1930 to 2010), the most dramatic decrease of any principal city in the United States. The bridges initially played a part in the town’s demise as the ferry and railroad industries were severely impacted. In 1978, the Cairo I-57 Bridge was completed less than five miles upstream, bypassing Cairo and contributing to its further decline. DSCN0290

The Ironton-Russell Bridge

The Ironton-Russell Bridge is a metal truss bridge that connections the towns of Ironton, Ohio and Russell, Kentucky. This bridge opened in 1922 and was the first bridge to cross the Ohio River in this part of the tri state area (Kentucky, Ohio & West Virginia).

Ironton-Russell Bridge The bridge carries 2 traffic lanes and a sidewalk across the Ohio River. Ironton-Russell Bridge
In 2012 construction began on a replacement bridge just up stream from the current structure. When this new suspension / cable concrete structure is complete, the nearly 100 year old Ironton-Russell Bridge will be demolished.

Dr. James D. Hoskins-H.B. Jarnigan Bridge — Dandridge, Tennessee


This truss bridge carries highway 92 over the French Broad River and Douglass Lake heading south out of Dandridge.


The bridge was built from 1942-1944.  it is a classic example of many bridges built during World War II in the United States.  The total length of the bridge is 1,467 feet and the bridge is 18 feet wide.


In November it was announced that a contract was awarded to replace the bridge with a new structure to the west of the current bridge.  That article can be found by clicking HERE.


A video of crossing this bridge can also be found by clicking HERE

Old New River Bridge — Scott County, Tennessee


This is the old bridge that crosses the new river in Scott County….or use to until it was abandoned in 1963 when the span was bypassed.   The bridge was initially built in 1908/1909.    All but the center span has been removed.


The abandoned Pratt deck truss bridge over New River once carried Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway’s Cincinnati Southern Railroad (later Norfolk Southern), before being bypassed when a new bridge and tunnel were opened downriver in 1963.

Mebane Bridge, Eden North Carolina.

continuing with my exploration of Eden North Carolina, Today I am going to cover the Mebane Bridge.  Thanks to my friend Sunny for scoping this one out!   Online sources state that the bridge has been closed since the early 2000’s, and has not been rebuilt due to a lack of traffic.




Harlan County Coal Monument and old 119 Bridge at Baxter

I don’t know the story of this monument, who built it, when it was built or even why it was built in Baxter.  I do know that my dad says that this thing has been at this spot for as long as he can remember.  Before the road changed and the bypass was built, this was the intersection of US 421 and US 119.  Of course this was way before my time, but I imagine it was the busiest intersection in the county.


To my knowledge this monument has never been refurbished and stands today as it has since it was built.  I would love to see the county government come in and build a park on the adjoining riverbank and on the abandoned steel truss bridge next to it.


This bridge has been closed as long as I can remember.  It once carried US 119 across the Cumberland River.  Such a beautiful structure, that is going to waste.


I guess once the bypass was finished, the state saw no reason to keep this bridge up to date and operational.


AS you can see in this picture, the coal monument is right in the middle of the road, I bet that caused some traffic back in the day.  lol.

Edward R. Talley Bridge, Kyles Ford Tennessee

I have always had a fascination with old metal bridges.  It’s a real shame that as they age, they are being replaced by boring, dull concrete bridges with no character and no uniqueness.  I have to commend the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  While they are replacing this bridge with a boring plain jane concrete bridge, they are leaving the old bridge in tact as a historical feature.


The bridge was built in 1927 and 1928.  It was originally built as a toll bridge.  The bridge is 421 feet long and 20 feet wide as it crosses the Clinch River in northern Hancock County, Tennessee.


Construction of the new bridge is set to be complete on June 15, 2015.