Overlapping Developments

Everyone seems to love covered bridges, but profile photos of them tend to be very boring: you’re looking at a plank wall. For most bridges, that’s one of the best angles. In any case, that’s the Bunker Hill Bridge over Lyle Creek, in Catawba County, North Carolina. And the inside view shows why I’m writing …

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A Brute-Force Solution

The original transcontinental railroad, the combined Union Pacific and Central Pacific lines, opened in 1869. The route was far from straight, as it curved around various mountains and ridges, following shallow grades as much as was possible while crossing the Rockies and Sierra Nevada. It also curved around the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and …

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There Are Only So Many Ideas

The picture above shows the inside of the 1869 White’s Bridge, a wooden covered bridge over the Flat River, south of Smyrna, Michigan. Most wood covered bridges in the US have very dense lattice trusses of small-dimension timbers or the slightly weird Burr truss, which is a truss/arch hybrid. White’s uses a patented heavy-timber design, the …

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More News: The South Bushwick Reformed Church

After all this time, I still find it disorienting to read the news and find one of our projects being discussed. In this case, it’s the end (or nearly so) of a long saga for the South Bushwick Reformed Church in Brooklyn, a beautiful wood-frame building from 1853 that looks like it belongs on a …

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Humans Versus Nature, Yet Again

There are four very large rivers in the northeastern U.S. that flow basically north south: the Connecticut, which that makes up the boundary between Vermont and New Hampshire before cutting Massachusetts and Connecticut in two and entering the Long Island Sound at New Haven; the Hudson which runs south near the east edge of New …

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