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Singing Bridge

Photos 

Remains of timber bent

Photo taken by James Baughn in March 2013

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BH Photo #250116

Map 

Description 

This was likely a very lengthy timber trestle on the original state highway between Cairo and Olive Branch. A stretch of the original concrete highway, signed as "Singing Bridge Road", can be driven to the southeast, but the pavement ends well short of the bridge site. Remains of the timber pilings can still be seen along the northwest approach. The Thebes USGS map from 1933 shows the bridge as extant (along with a parallel railroad line), but the 1967 Cache map shows that it was removed by that point.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Lake Creek on Old IL 150 (predecessor to IL 3) within Horseshoe Lake State Natural Area
Location
Alexander County, Illinois
Status
Removed but not replaced
Design
Timber trestle (probably)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.12304, -89.29412   (decimal degrees)
37°07'23" N, 89°17'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/296192/4110985 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cache
Inventory number
BH 55734 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Alexander County, Illinois (31)
Beam (14,474)
Illinois (4,479)
Lost (22,448)
Owned by state (15,206)
Timber stringer (3,718)

Update Log 

  • March 10, 2013: New photos from James Baughn
  • March 6, 2013: Added by James Baughn