Goose Island, Chicago

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Goose Island was created when a canal was dug as a shortcut to the meandering path of the North Branch of the Chicago River. With good water, rail, and road access, the island developed as a center for industry, which it still is. This required a number of moveable bridges to be built. Today, water traffic of barges and pleasure craft is low enough that the bridges have not been raised in many years. Unfortunately, these historic moveable bridges are now being replaced one by one with modern, fixed bridges, which has led Landmarks Illinois to add Chicago Bascule Bridges to its 2013 list of Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois. http://www.landmarks.org/ten_most_2013_chicago_bascule_bridg...


Blackhawk Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1869 at Division Street; relocated to Blackhawk Street 1902; demolished 1910
Lost Pony truss bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Blackhawk Street
Removed but not replaced

Cherry Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1901
Bridge over North Branch Canal on Cherry Avenue, former Chicago/Milwaukee/St. Paul Railroad
Open to traffic from trains and pedestrains

Division Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1903; rehabilitated 1983; demolished 2014
Bascule bridge over Chicago River North Branch Canal on Division Street in Chicago
Replaced by temporary Bailey Bridge while new fixed bridge is built

Division Street Bridge (new) (Cook County, Illinois)
Ordered from a catalog and assembled; opened September 30, 2014.
Bailey pony truss bridge over Chicago River North Branch Canal on West Division Street
Open to traffic

North Halsted Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1955
Bascule bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Halsted Street in Chicago
Open to traffic

North Halsted Street Bridge (Old) (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1909
Bascule bridge over North Branch Chicago River Canal on N. Halsted Street in Chicago
Demolished and replaced

Ogden Avenue Viaduct (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1932; closed to traffic March 24, 1992; demolished 1993
Lost viaduct over Chicago River North Branch and city streets on Ogden Avenue
No longer exists

West Division Street Bascule Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1904; rehabilitated 1992
Bascule bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Division Street in Chicago
Open to traffic