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General Dean Suspension Bridge



Photo taken June 2006 by Bradley J Williams

BH Photo #102149


Street View 


Suspension bridge over Kaskaskia River at Fairfax Street in Carlyle
Clinton County, Illinois
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1859
- Alesghem & Sons Rope Co.
- Griffith D. Smith
Wire suspension
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 3, 1973
Also called
Carlyle Suspension Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.61135, -89.35725   (decimal degrees)
38°36'41" N, 89°21'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/294756/4276284 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 73000693 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 15075 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 22, 2017: New photos from Steve Conro
  • January 1, 2017: New photos from David Huffman
  • February 27, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • January 14, 2011: New Street View added by Kim Harvey
  • May 2, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Changed to Official name and added builders
  • December 6, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • November 19, 2008: New photos from Kim Harvey
  • August 21, 2006: Posted photo from Bradley J Williams



Carlyle Suspension Bridge
Posted June 4, 2009, by Bill Little (PianomanBill [at] Hotmail [dot] com)

Great historic photos of the General Dean Bridge, nos. 8,9,10. Just a couple quick corrections to the captions, however. Photo #8 is described as "View From North-East"; actually it appears to have been taken from the south, looking north-northeast (the old river channel is seen curving eastward to the north of the bridge). #9 is described as a "View From South-West"; actually it's looking southwest from a vantage point to the northeast (old power plant on west river bank south of the bridge is easily seen). #10 is described as being of the "East End"; actually it's the west end looking northeast. I resided a number of years in Carlyle and lived 2 1/2 blocks west of the bridge on Fairfax Ave.