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Local bridges 19 May 2019 09:44 #804167

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Unfortunately we don’t have any covered bridges like in Madison County and very few cool steel girder bridges but I thought you might like this.

Ok, it doesn’t look like much but when built the “Jarla Banke bridge” was obviously a big deal. I was approx. 150 meters long and was what we today would call a gang way made of lumber logs, but it spanned a swamp and was a major contribution to the current road network and the road where the bridge was located was used up until the sixties.

The guy that built it, a land owner and chief was as a matter of fact so proud of it so erected not one but two stones to commemorate it. The stones carry the same inscriptions and translates into:
"Jarlabanke had these stones made after himself while he was alive. He made this bridge for his soul. He alone owned all of Täby".[


When it was built?

Ca 1080, just a couple of years after Leif Ericson found Vinland.

Jarl was not a very modest man and you can read about him on Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jarlabanke_Runestones

Sorry for the FZ in the picture, but both my Gpz are currently INOP.

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Local bridges 28 May 2019 17:15 #804738

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Thanks Brgds , All bridges and bikes are Välkommen here, great history too!
Leif Ericson sure got around.
All the really old history from my area was washed away at the end of the last Ice Age, but it left us with an abundant river system and years later a bunch of good river roads B)
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Local bridges 30 May 2019 08:12 #804869

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It has been a record breaking month for rain around here , the farmers normally have all the corn and soy planted by now but this year it is only around 20% and more rain coming :pinch:
This is a bridge over a back water of the Illinois river and it is normally a stagnant pond but right now it has a fast current.

Near LaSalle IL

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Local bridges 30 Jun 2019 04:31 #806704

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At Sutton Bridge UK.
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Local bridges 07 Jul 2019 09:12 #807120

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Back from vacation , here is a bridge in Fort Laramie Wyoming crossing the Platte River, great shape for being almost 150 years old
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Here are some more from our trip back in June
On Playhouse rd Custer State Park SD



Near Mount Rushmore


Lots of tunnels too, the first one you can see Mt Rushmore if I had a better camera :blush:
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This one is a whole lot closer to home, located in Millbrook IL it was built in 1897 using Carnegie steel and is slated to come down next year :(
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Local bridges 07 Sep 2019 22:55 #810521

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Gillespie Bridge built in 1927, Old Highway 80, Southern Arizona.
And a great motorcycle ride to get down there!
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Local bridges 08 Sep 2019 11:59 #810533

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That is a cool old bridge!

We've ridin the great roads in the upper and middle of AZ but never dropped below Mesa. sure would like to someday.
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Big bridge crossing the Illinois River in Ottawa Il with a smaller bridge crossing the Fox River in the back ground, we get a lot of water through here at times.

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Local bridges 10 Nov 2019 06:47 #813775

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Nice pics. The heat is off and riding season is just starting. Problem is it's only down here. Anywhere else it's too cold to ride. Have a safe winter.
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Local bridges 10 Nov 2019 06:55 #813776

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Too bad about the Millbrook bridge... hate to see them go..
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Ride on Steve! get it while you can, deserts are a funny place, you have bigger swings then we do temp wise.
Yeah there are a bunch of them coming down but the state is close to broke right now, lets see what they do with the new weed tax.
I'm hoping to get a piece of the bridge when it does get taken down, like I said it was built with Carnegie steel and he was only in the business from 1892 to 1901 before he sold out to J.P.Morgan/U.S. Steel

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Local bridges 10 Nov 2019 07:20 #813782

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Ok, but please be careful with the cutoff wheel... you don't want that bridge coming down on you! :P

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