Beardstown flood 1943
Art Kistler, IDOT 5-22-1943
BH Photo #330559
Play video on YouTube
there is a video on youtube of the flooding in 1943, showing this old bridge many times, credit will be given to the poster and the narrator.
There is a picture of the east portal of this old bridge in 4/24/13 State Journal-Register, Springfield's newspaper. It is showing the sandbagging being done in 1943 for the "big flood". It is a "file" picture from the SJ-R.