Big Bureau Creek Bridge
Photo taken by Steve Conro in December 2011
BH Photo #221912
This is a rare example of a Pratt variant that features double-intersecting counters (counters that cross 2 verticals). The Wrought Iron Bridge Company was known to use this design. Not sure if this is their work or that of another builder. This is a special bridge and local authorities should be informed so an attempt can be made to dismantle it before it collapses and is lost.
- Lost through truss bridge over Big Bureau Creek on Abandoned 2160 Rd, 3 mi. east of Tiskilwa
- Bureau County, Illinois
- Finally collapsed due to flooding on April 18, 2013
- Built ca.1880's; rehabilitated 1949
- - Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
- Hammond through truss bridge.
Length of largest span: 108.9 ft.
Total length: 175.8 ft.
Deck width: 12.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.28985, -89.44046 (decimal degrees)
41°17'23" N, 89°26'26" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/295647/4573806 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Princeton South
- Inventory numbers
- IL 006-4004 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15025 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 1999)
- Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 0.00 (out of 100)
- September 28, 2014: New photo from Gene Smania
- May 20, 2013: New photos from Steve Conro
- April 21, 2013: New photo from Steve Conro
- April 20, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as bridge collapsed during flooding.
- December 3, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
- December 17, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added information
- December 17, 2011: Updated by Steve Conro: Updated status and added pictures
- April 12, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated map.