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Fancher Bridge

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East side

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in April 2009

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BH Photo #136876

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FANCHER PONY TRUSS BRIDGE 

Historical Marker

Hiram B. Trout and his brother, Everett Trout, were born on a farm about five miles north of this location. They operated a machine shop in Shelbyville, Illinois in the late 1800's at which in time they invented and patented the unique design for this Pony Truss Bridge. They built about 150 of these bridges between 1892 and 1897 which were erected in Shelby and neighboring counties. The design feature which makes this bridge unique is the use of round pipe in the cords, end posts, and verticals instead of the usual rivet connected channel plates, and angle iron material. This bridge was erected over Richland Creek near the small community of Fancher in Shelby County. It was in service for 88 years from 1895 until 1983 when it was reduced in width from 16 feet to 8 feet and moved 70 miles to the Cumberland Rest Stop for preservation by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge in the Cumberland Road rest stop, near Marshall
Location
Clark County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Originally built in Shelby county, IL over Richland creek near Fancher, moved in 1983 to Clark county, IL
Builders
- Everett Trout
- Hiram B. Trout
Design
Trout Pony Truss
Dimensions
Span length: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 60.0 ft.
Deck width: 8.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.42290, -87.66022   (decimal degrees)
39°25'22" N, 87°39'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/443172/4363915 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Marshall
Inventory number
BH 42299 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2019: New photos from David Huffman
  • April 10, 2009: Essay added by Robert Stephenson

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