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Rush Street Swing Bridge (Old)

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Rush Street

Period illustration

License: Released into public domain

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BH Photo #261440

Map 

Description 

First all-iron bridge in Chicago; was built for $48,000 with the cost shared between the city and the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad. Destroyed in November 1863 when a drove of cattle crushed one side of the bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost swing bridge over Chicago River on Rush Street
Location
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1856 as the first all-iron bridge in Chicago, destroyed 1863
Builder
- Harper & Tweedale
Design
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.88873, -87.62533   (decimal degrees)
41°53'19" N, 87°37'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/448121/4637611 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chicago Loop
Inventory number
BH 57409 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 3, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • August 22, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 30, 2013: Added by Frank Hicks

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Frank Hicks
  • Douglas Butler
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com