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Oak Hill Cemetery Bridge


Cemetary bridge road

Posted by Dino Strunk in June 2012

BH Photo #280127


This bridge was listed on the "to do" for "crosses unknown creek". I'm going to go out on a limb and guess its the original bridge that crossed the Sangamon just South of the cemetery. Its the only place around here that would have needed a bridge this long. The road is now Cherokee Rd but I suspect it was Cemetery at one time. If anyone has better knowledge of this please feel free to edit this.

Plaque shown in photo is a Vincennes BC plaque and is suggestive of other spans they built around 1910.


Lost Through truss bridge over South Fork Sangamon River on Cemetary Road
Christian County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca. 1910 by the Vincennes Bridge Company, replaced in 1987
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
4-span, pin-connected Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.53760, -89.28843   (decimal degrees)
39°32'15" N, 89°17'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/303338/4378938 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 43518 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built during 1910s (10,165)
Christian County, Illinois (81)
Illinois (5,036)
Lost (31,061)
Lost 1987 (236)
Lost during 1980s (1,622)
Pratt through truss (6,356)
Pratt truss (10,759)
Replaced by new bridge (21,143)
Through truss (18,511)
Truss (37,690)
Vincennes Bridge Co. (125)

Update Log 

  • February 28, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 16, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • May 23, 2018: New photos from Dino Strunk
  • September 27, 2015: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • March 24, 2014: New photo from Elliott Johnson
  • June 24, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: added builder
  • November 20, 2011: Updated by Steve Conro: Added river and GPS info
  • October 19, 2009: Added by Kim Harvey

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Oak Hill Cemetery Bridge
Posted January 10, 2015, by Ralph Demars

Oh, ok.

Oak Hill Cemetery Bridge
Posted January 3, 2015, by Matt Lohry

It says "posted in 2012", not "taken in 2012"

Oak Hill Cemetery Bridge
Posted January 3, 2015, by Ralph Demars

Something confuses me. The photo says that it was taken in 2012. Yet when I time-travel in street view, It was not there in 2007.

A mistake, perhaps?

Oak Hill Cemetery Bridge
Posted January 3, 2015, by historybuff

I believe the bridge you are talking about was out by McDonalds elevator.

Oak Hill Cemetery Bridge
Posted January 2, 2015, by Kathleen Bialas (kthbialas [at] gmail [dot] com)

Was there, or was there not, talk or rumor of police reports being filed due to criminal, abusive, possibly murder(s) taking place on this bridge?

I'm thinking one act was against a teenager, female, and a ward of the State. I believe her first name was Diane or Diana. Her last name may have been Rivers.

A mysterious case that was never solved, that I'm aware of.

Thank you,

Kathleen Bialas

Oak Hill Cemetery Bridge
Posted June 24, 2012, by Dino Strunk (Dino4Guitar [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here is a picture of the old Oak Hill Cemetery Bridge. I crossed this bridge many times growing up. At one time, there was a picture of it at the Christian County Historical Society museum as well. It's a shame it was destroyed. I don't remember if the street was named Cherokee back then or not. We always just called it the Cemetery Bridge Road. I miss this bridge!

There was also a bridge like this one that crossed that same section of the south fork about a mile on southwest on the Nokomis Road/Shumway Co Hwy 1. It was removed probably close to 40 years ago. I remember crossing it as a child. At one time you could see the old abutments and peers, but from the view on google maps, all the trees and underbrush have taken over. I wish someone could locate some information and a picture of that bridge too.