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James Baughn

The Bridges of Bollinger County

Posted Friday, February 6, 2009, at 10:31 AM


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  • Interesting article, James. I love looking at the old pictures and enjoy reading your columns.

    -- Posted by pickles on Fri, Feb 6, 2009, at 1:36 PM
  • Thanks, James! The great pictures sure brought back memories ... mainly of learning to drive and holding my breath while going across this type of bridge--afraid the car wouldn't stay 'on track.'

    There was one near Springfield that we called 'Haunted Bridge' ... The feisty boys liked to take the giggling girls there to park ... and tell them the story behind the name while vowing to 'protect' them from the ghost.

    -- Posted by gurusmom on Fri, Feb 6, 2009, at 3:06 PM
  • James,

    I really need to send you some pictures from my projects. There is missing information on your website and I would like to help fill a couple of gaps. In fact, a bridge demolition project [only half of it remains] that I am starting tomorrow is not on www.bridgehunter.com. Additionally, a current project--a UCEB with decorative crap and a landscaped median--that I am wrapping up is not on there either.

    -- Posted by isobar on Fri, Feb 6, 2009, at 7:46 PM
  • Great research, James! Would love to hear your program--will you be posting it some way? My family is from Bollinger County (father-in-law Gene Ward still there but we are in Colorado) and I too love the old bridges and barns (see profile photo--on the long-gone old red bridge crossing Hurricane Creek on the Old Scopus Rd. about 1976!)Both my father and uncle (G. Ivan and Cletus Bidewell) spent several summers building these bridges in the late 1920s and early 1930s, to augment their regular salaries!. Will keep on reading your interesting articles and blogs--thanks!

    -- Posted by Janeann on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 12:42 PM
  • In case anybody has way too much free time on Sunday, my presentation will be at 2 PM in the basement of the Senior Nutrition Center in Marble Hill. I'm told that's the old Lutesville school gymnasium building.

    Janeann: I don't have my notes handy, but I think the bridge over Hurricane Creek was originally the main bridge over Crooked Creek connecting Marble Hill and Lutesville. It was moved to the new location after a second truss bridge was built at Marble Hill (since replaced by the current bridge).

    isobar: You can sign-up on bridgehunter.com for an editor's account that will let you upload photos directly. Or just email me and I can create an account for you.

    -- Posted by James Baughn on Sat, Feb 7, 2009, at 8:16 PM
  • Great story James, nice to see that some people still care.

    Concrete slabs with a post in the middle are NOT bridges, no matter how deluded the modern civil engineer may be.

    -- Posted by Harvey Henkelmann on Sun, Feb 8, 2009, at 12:18 PM
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    James, still love this edition of your blog and ALL your work. Any chance you could do a program like this again?? You were correct on the Old Scopus Rd. bridge—it was moved from the highway crossing north to that location. And you gave this program in the basement of the old Lutesville gym that both my husband and father, decades before, played ball in! It is currently for sale for about $200K I hear so senior center can move down into town at a more central location (old swimming pool property). Thanks!!

    -- Posted by Janeann Ward on Mon, Mar 2, 2020, at 8:15 AM