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Old US 50 Culvert

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Photo taken by James Baughn

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Overview
Concrete culvert bridge over Unnamed creek on Old US 50
Location
Clay County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1923
Design
Concrete culvert with brick railing (one side removed)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.68738, -88.28773   (decimal degrees)
38°41'15" N, 88°17'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/388001/4282872 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clay City
Inventory number
BH 53826 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Built 1923 (453)
Built during 1920s (7,652)
Clay County, Illinois (12)
Culvert (498)
Illinois (2,761)
Open (31,361)
Owned by state (11,003)

Update Log 

  • October 6, 2012: New photos from James Baughn

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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.