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Elgin-Belvidere Electric - Kishwaukee River Bridge

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UPRR (C&NW) Lattice truss bridge in back ground

Photo taken by Steve Conro in November 2011

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Description 

A 1905 Strauss Bascule and Concrete Bridge Company ad mentions that a 350 foot four arch concrete span for Elgin & Belvidere Electric Company (Interurban railroad) was being built in Belvidere. The company built concrete bridges in a ribbed format. This ribbed arch appears to be the bridge the literature refers to. The rails were removed in the 1930 by the interurban route's founder Bion J. Arnold after the line was abandoned.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned ribbed closed-spandrel arch bridge over Kishwaukee River on abandonded Elgin-Belvidere Railroad
Location
Boone County, Illinois
Status
Abandoned. Derelict crumbling/overgrown
History
Built 1905
Builder
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Design
Four span two rib closed spandrel deck arch
Dimensions
Total length: 350.0 ft.
Also called
Electric Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.25405, -88.79448   (decimal degrees)
42°15'15" N, 88°47'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/351976/4679542 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Belvidere North
Inventory number
BH 48923 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • October 22, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Alternate name
  • October 21, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added vintage postcard image
  • August 15, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited description
  • November 24, 2011: Updated by Steve Conro: Actual photos
  • June 15, 2011: Added by Nathan Holth

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Elgin-Belvidere Railroad Bridge
Posted November 24, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Impressive structure...too bad it's being left to slowly crumble away.