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Buskirk Ford Bridge


McKee Creek Bridge

Photo taken by Chris Gonnerman in March 2012

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #228886



Originally, this bridge was called Buskirk Ford per local news clipping. August Lange was the stonemason & foreman of this job. He worked for the Gottlieb S. Busch Co, who were the local contractors of record.


Through truss bridge over McKee Creek on TR 416, 4.7 mi. west of Kellerville
Adams County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1885 by the Morse Bridge Company
- Morse Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio
Pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 71.8 ft.
Total length: 90.8 ft.
Deck width: 13.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.1 ft.
Also called
McKee Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.92833, -91.03111   (decimal degrees)
39°55'42" N, 91°01'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/668245/4421658 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
IL 001-3196 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 14987 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2012)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 8.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)

Update Log 

  • November 29, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • November 29, 2017: New photos from K. Allen Ballard
  • July 18, 2015: Updated by Elliott Johnson: erected in 1885, found date specifics in stonework
  • July 15, 2015: New photos from Elliott Johnson
  • July 14, 2015: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Add brief history of actual men & contractor who built bridge.
  • October 16, 2014: New photos from K. Allen Ballard
  • April 1, 2012: New photos from Chris Gonnerman
  • May 5, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added builder and changed date


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Chris Gonnerman
  • K. Allen Ballard - speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Elliott Johnson - elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com


McKee Creek Bridge
Posted May 5, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Definitely a Morse! And much older than the 1905 date since Morse became the Youngstown Bridge Company around 1890.

McKee Creek Bridge
Posted May 5, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is a beautiful bridge! It looks like the work of the Morse Bridge Company of Youngstown, Ohio.

McKee Creek Bridge
Posted May 5, 2010, by Dale Travis (daletravis [at] bigfoot [dot] com)

Photos taken 4-28-10.