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CNW Spur - Belvidere Bridge


Photo taken by Steve Conro in November 2011


BH Photo #220628



Built 1877 according to Annual Report of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway


Double-intersection Warren deck truss bridge over Kishwaukee RIver on abandoned UPRR Spur
Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois
Abandoned but still intact
Built 1877
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
Double-intersection Warren deck truss
Total length: 225.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.26328, -88.83472   (decimal degrees)
42°15'48" N, 88°50'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/348678/4680637 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Belvidere North
Inventory number
BH 48924 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 12, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build Date from Annual Report
  • November 26, 2011: New photos from Steve Conro
  • June 15, 2011: Added by Nathan Holth



CNW Spur - Belvidere Bridge
Posted September 19, 2015, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The only record of any Kishwaukee River Bridge at Belvidere I have found was listed in an Annual Report of the Chicago & North Western Railway from a fiscal year ending 1877. It gives a record that a two span iron bridge over the Kishwaukee River at Belvidere was rebuilt in 1877, and the bridge was on the Wisconsin Division (the line from Belvidere to Beloit). Would anybody be willing to say the bridge dates to this time? The bridge is clearly iron, as it does not see signs of corrosion typical in steel.


Belvidere UPRR Spur Bridge
Posted July 19, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

A name change might be in order. I doubt the locals think of it as a UP structure.

C&NW had a large yard and roundhouse in town showing on the 1918 topo and the line extended north and crossed another C&NW track at Caledonia. UP bought them in 1995.

Belvidere UPRR Spur Bridge
Posted July 18, 2013, by Brian (FCVPI99 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

i am not sure way its the UPRR spur Bridge i have maps dating back to 1900's and before saying its a Chicago and Northwestern line ---- it lead from the main line up to C&NW yard and Roundhouse which was at the corner of Mckenly Ave. and Rt 20

Belvidere UPRR Spur Bridge
Posted January 19, 2013, by sara (r [dot] trudo [at] comcast [dot] net)

A man hung himself from this bridge about 5-6 years ago.