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Kaskaskia River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Kim Harvey in March 2009

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BH Photo #135833

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Derelict through truss bridge over Kaskaskia River on a alignment of Pelican Road
Location
Clinton County, Illinois
Status
Derelict but can easily be accessed from Pelican Road
History
Built early 1900s
Design
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.52050, -89.38055   (decimal degrees)
38°31'14" N, 89°22'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/292466/4266254 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Beckemeyer
Inventory number
BH 41831 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

7-panel truss (348)
Abandoned (3,049)
Clinton County, Illinois (29)
Illinois (3,864)
Kaskaskia River (28)
Missing deck (45)
Mystery (84)
Owned by township (2,331)
Pin-connected (3,300)
Pratt through truss (4,623)
Pratt truss (8,068)
Through truss (12,946)
Truss (29,541)

Update Log 

  • January 1, 2017: New photo from David Huffman
  • April 11, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey: add categories
  • March 23, 2009: Added by Kim Harvey

Comments 

Kaskaskia River Bridge
Posted January 27, 2017, by Bill Beckemeyer (bckmyr [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I am trying to determine who the architect/designer/builder that built this bridge.

I've heard that Henry Waeltz might have had something to do with the construction.

Kaskaskia River Bridge
Posted January 1, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes Nick... We jokingly refer to this one as the "Pumping Iron" Bridge! (See pic #2)

Kaskaskia River Bridge
Posted January 1, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

That's a beauty!!

Kaskaskia River Bridge
Posted April 13, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

When I was a kid we used to climb around on an enormous dead tree that had fallen in the woods. Seeing this bridge and it's club house made me think how fun it would have been to climb around on a bridge.

Kaskaskia River Bridge
Posted April 13, 2009, by Kim Harvey

Someone had a clubhouse along one side of the river right next to that bridge and decided that was the spot to put his weight room. The gravel road leading to one end of the bridge has a tendency to be flooded, especially from April to June. The other side of the river bank is all private property owned by a mega farm.

Kaskaskia River Bridge
Posted April 12, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Yes, you've heard of "cast iron" and "wrought iron" but this bridge is built from a seldom used material called "pumping iron."

Kaskaskia River Bridge
Posted April 12, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like us bridgehunters that might be out of shape from the long winter should visit this bridge (pic #2-hi res.)