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Eastern Illinois & Peoria Railroad Miller Branch Bridge


Photo taken by Steve Conro in May 2019


BH Photo #447863



The Eastern Illinois & Peoria Railroad was a proposed branch line of the Chicago & Eastern Illinois that was intended to give the railroad access to Peoria. Grading and bridge construction began in 1913 but track was never laid. It is unknown if there was ever a bridge here or if the abutments were built and no bridge was ever added. Other bridges and abutments from the EI&P still exist along the proposed route.


Lost Bridge over Miller Branch on proposed Eastern Illinois & Peoria Railroad
Christian County, Illinois
No longer exists
Now removed bridge along the proposed Eastern Illinois & Peoria Railroad
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.42898, -89.41833   (decimal degrees)
39°25'44" N, 89°25'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/291850/4367173 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 85129 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1913 (881)
Built during 1910s (9,805)
Christian County, Illinois (81)
Illinois (4,798)
Lost (26,362)

Update Log 

  • October 13, 2021: Updated by Thomas Dyrek: Changed history and added information
  • May 19, 2019: New photos from Steve Conro


  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Thomas Dyrek


Miller Branch (abandoned)
Posted May 8, 2020, by Randall L Bingham (rbingham81 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Your photo is a railroad abutment from the proposed Eastern IL & Peoria Railroad, 1912-1913. The most expensive railroad project in the state at the time that never came to be. What remains of these structures in the county still dot the landscape from SE of Pawnee to west of Palmer and south all the way to just NE of Witt. Some are large and others just small broken up sections of concrete in the farm fields & stream crossings. Some of today's farm owners along the route may not know this, but there are several hedge rows and lanes leading to their farm homes that lie where the road bed was laid. On the ISGS 1938 aerial photo's website you can see and follow the road bed from just east of CIMIC near the Christian, Sangamon & Montgomery county line all the way to Witt. The proposed route was from St. Elmo east of Vandalia to Peoria (approx 130 miles). Some of you may have seen them and always wondered what they were...now you know. Here is another abutment not far from yours.