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CN - Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal Bridge


View Of Swing Bridge From Kedzie Avenue Bridge, Looking East

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #222872

Street View 


This bridge crossing the Sanitary and Ship Canal was originally built for the Chicago, Madison & Northern Railroad Bridge. When it was completed in 1900 it contained the longest swing span of the several swing bridges erected across the canal.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Pratt through truss bridge over Sanitary & Ship Canal on CNRR (original Chicago, Madison & Northern Railroad)
Cicero, Cook County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1899
- Toledo Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio [also known as Smith Bridge Co.]
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Chicago & Illinois Western Railway (C&IW)
- Chicago, Madison & Northern Railroad (CM&N)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
Pratt through truss
Span length: 479.0 ft.
Total length: 479.0 ft.
Also called
CM&N - Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal Bridge
IC - Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal Bridge
Illinois Central Swing Bridge #2 (Chicago Landmarks Name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.83225, -87.70223   (decimal degrees)
41°49'56" N, 87°42'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/441690/4631389 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 50836 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 18, 2018: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 8, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • January 12, 2012: Updated by Frank Hicks: Corrected GPS coordinates
  • January 6, 2012: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "HAER documented", "Pin-connected", "Chicago Madison And Northern Railroad", "Illinois Central & Gulf"


  • Frank Hicks
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • HAER IL-113 - Chicago, Madison & Northern Railroad, Sanitary & Ship Canal Bridge, Spanning Sanitary & Ship Canal, east of Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, IL
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com