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Ripson Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Kim Harvey in April 2010

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BH Photo #162592

Map 

Short History 

Written by Kim Harvey

This bridge is named after the property owner of the land next to the bridge when it was built in 1895. Every October, a big party is held at this site.

In 1988, a replacement bridge was built to the north. The Sorrento Homecoming Association took over ownership of the bridge and converted it to non-motorized use.

Today, it is a popular spot for walkers, and for fishermen. When I visited the site the first time, there were at least two groups of people there fishing in the creek below the bridge and another family walking on the bridge.

Sources:
http://www.greenvilleillinois.com/historical.html
http://culturemob.com/sorento-il
http://www.siloutdoors.com/showthread.php?p=110624
Kaegy, Kevin John. "Greenville and Bond County, Illinois (Images of America Series)."

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Shoal Creek on TR 63 / Ripson Bridge Road
Location
Bond County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1895, bypassed by a new bridge in 1988
Design
Pratt through truss
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.96018, -89.55675   (decimal degrees)
38°57'37" N, 89°33'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/278466/4315467 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sorento South
Inventory numbers
003-3817
BH 44896 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (6,900)
Beam (14,416)
Bond County, Illinois (28)
Built 1895 (256)
Built during 1890s (2,755)
Bypassed (169)
Illinois (4,473)
NR-eligible (4,012)
Open to pedestrians (3,818)
Owned by township (2,501)
Pin-connected (3,697)
Pratt through truss (5,019)
Pratt truss (8,766)
Steel stringer (5,634)
Through truss (14,075)
Truss (31,261)

Update Log 

  • December 31, 2016: New photos from David Huffman
  • March 8, 2016: Updated by Kim Harvey: Added IDOT bridge inventory number
  • May 15, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: categories
  • April 18, 2010: New photo from Robert Stephenson
  • April 18, 2010: Essay added by Kim Harvey
  • April 17, 2010: Added by Kim Harvey

Sources 

Comments 

Ripson Bridge
Posted February 21, 2019, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited here today, late afternoon. Deck is fairly good condition, seems to have been maintained in the last 10 yrs. Very muddy, north side, Best side to approach from is the south side off Ripson Bridge Rd just before the current bridge. Good parking spot, short hard surface walk to the bridge. Not much time to document so I got a few pics and two videos. Hope to share later.