Historic American Buildings Survey Chauncey Buck - Photographer - April 13,1934 View Of Ruins After Collapse On April 5, 1934.
Photo taken by Historic American Buildings Survey
BH Photo #117930
Old Covered Bridge at Homer Saved As Bids of Wreckers Are Rejected
HOMER, ILL., Sept 30. (CNS)
The old covered bridge at Homer will remain for posterity.
M. S. Hardin, commissioner of highways of South Homer township, announced Thursday that he rejected all bids for the sale of the bridge and would not sell it. He had, on Sept. 17 accepted bids for the bridge, and a Danville wrecking company offered $120 for it.
All Homer, around which the old bridge and its history have been woven, rose in arms. The old bridge must not be razed, the cry arose. Petitions were circulated demanding that it be preserved.
Final action on the acceptance of the high bid was postponed for 10 days, expecting that the township board would act on it, eventually. Hardin’s action, however, ended all the trouble. The bridge will be preserved, he announced.
Huge timbers which had barricaded the old bridge will be taken down, and it will be reopened to traffic. However, large signs "Bridge Condemned" will be placed, and anyone traversing it will do so at their own risk, it was said.