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Old US 50 Culvert


Deck view

Photo taken by James Baughn


BH Photo #241124


Street View 


Concrete culvert bridge over Unnamed creek on Old US 50
Clay County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1923
Concrete culvert with brick railing (one side removed)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.68744, -88.28904   (decimal degrees)
38°41'15" N, 88°17'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/387888/4282881 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clay City
Inventory number
BH 53826 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1923 (626)
Built during 1920s (10,012)
Clay County, Illinois (23)
Culvert (1,388)
Have street view (27,207)
Illinois (4,758)
Open (40,022)
Owned by state (16,138)

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 6, 2012: New photos from James Baughn


Old US 50 Culvert
Posted March 9, 2019, by L.W. (BLJWashington [at] gmail [dot] com)

Corrected coordinates: 3841'14.70"N 8817'20.48"W

Old US 50 Culvert
Posted November 24, 2012, by Wes Kinsler (webmaster [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

I am always impressed by the monumental approach to thinking that was had in those days, and even for the smallest of structures, such as this culvert. The plaques on the ends of these brick rails on all the bridges on this stretch just puts it all together for me. Even this lowly culvert gets the same monumental treatment as its bigger brethren.

And maybe monumental isn't the right way to describe it, but more like a sense of enduring permanence that new structures lack.

And then there is the style of everything. Its consistent, cohesive, and attractive. The brickwork with the decorative openings, all trimmed with the concrete posts and cap, it would be a treat to have seen it all when it was first opened.