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Adams County Fairgrounds Pony Bridge

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Southern End of Bridge

Both ends are blocked by big logs. This bridge is in a small draw in the woods on the southeast edge of the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Photo taken by K. Allen Ballard

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Description 

Bridge was removed ~2003 from Adams County CR 1800N/CR 725E by Adams County Road Dept. It originally spanned Frazier creek on a little used dirt road. The original location was approx 1 mile north & west of the US24/IL96 jct between Quincy & Ursa, IL. Adams Road Dept was going to scrap this structure but discovered it to be NHRP registered; instead it was offered to the Adams County Olde Tyme Assn and moved to the Adams County Fairgrounds. During a recent deep cold snap (winter 2013-14) a structural member froze and broke. The OTA jacked it up and supported it until some future point when it might be repaired. At present there is no budget $$ for that.

Webmaster's Note: Previous location of bridge was at coordinates 40.02217, -91.37202.

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over a branch of Honey Creek at Adams County Fairgrounds
Location
Adams County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Preserved in alternate location by Adams County Olde Tyme Assn. Can be accessed by fair goers by foot traffic at back of Adams County Fairgrounds.
History
Originally located over Frazier Creek on CR 1800N/CR 725E; later relocated to fairgrounds
Design
3 Panel Warren Pony Truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 42.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Frazier Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.05294, -91.26564   (decimal degrees)
40°03'11" N, 91°15'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/647933/4435073 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mendon
Inventory numbers
IL 001-3066 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 58728 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/1992)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 17.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
29

Update Log 

  • June 18, 2017: Merged duplicate pages
  • October 14, 2014: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Corrected original CR location over Frazier Creek, hopefully more details to follow.
  • August 29, 2014: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Added photos and minor update of description.
  • November 7, 2013: Added by Nathan Holth

Sources 

  • Nathan Holth
  • K. Allen Ballard - speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Adams County Fairgrounds Mystery Pony Bridge
Posted October 3, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Glad you were able to visit the bridge and find out what is there. Its a nice historic riveted Warren pony, but not the Truesdell. Were you able, during your visit, to confirm if there were any other bridges in the fairgrounds?

Adams County Fairgrounds Mystery Pony Bridge
Posted October 3, 2014, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not a Truesdell but actually a Warren Pony truss. Have contacted Old Tyme Fair Assn for more info on the identity of this bridge. Stay tuned.

Mystery Bridge
Posted August 29, 2014, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

I followed up on Nathan's post and have posted photographic details of the bridge visible on Google imagery. I have emailed Nathan, hoping he will confirm/deny his opinion. Hopefully, this is what he suspects it to be; that would be pretty exciting for all of us bridge hunters.......

Mystery Bridge
Posted November 7, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There reportedly may be a Truesdell Truss in the Adams County Fairground associated with the Adams County Old Tyme Association. If I find out more, I will let everyone know. Currently, only one Truesdell Truss is confirmed, and that is in New Hampshire. The discovery of a second one would be very exciting!

This entry represents the only bridge-like structure I can see in available imagery at the fairgrounds. It may be the Truesdell Truss, some other historic pony truss, or not a bridge at all. But it looks like some sort of pony truss to me.