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B&O - Calumet River Bridge

Counterweight left after a ship collision

Photo taken by Douglas Butler

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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Bridge (South Chicago IL)

A video discussing the construction and the collision of this railroad bascule drawbridge

Douglas Butler

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Description 

The longest span was torn free from it's supports leaving but a counterweight.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Calumet River on B&O Railroad
Location
South Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Status
Destroyed by collision
History
Built 1912- 1914, Destroyed 1988 leaving but a counterweight
Builder
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Railroad
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O; BO)
Design
Baltimore through truss bascule
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 235.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.72065, -87.54328   (decimal degrees)
41°43'14" N, 87°32'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/454810/4618904 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lake Calumet
Inventory number
BH 57590 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 15, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 28, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 12, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 6, 2017: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • April 26, 2017: New video from Douglas Butler
  • March 10, 2017: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • February 22, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 20, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added link to gore shot
  • January 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 21, 2015: New photos from Steve Conro
  • August 6, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • August 6, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 17, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 30, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 4, 2014: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 1, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 14, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 16, 2013: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • August 15, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 14, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Baltimore & Ohio Railroad", "Railroad"
  • August 14, 2013: Added by Douglas Butler

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Comments 

B&O - Calumet River Bridge
Posted April 26, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Few more Pics

B&O - Calumet River Bridge
Posted April 26, 2017, by Douglas Butler

This what happen in May of 1988 a collision with a huge ship.

B&O - Calumet River Bridge
Posted April 26, 2017, by Douglas Butler

This is the Blues Brothers and their Quote.

B&O - Calumet River Bridge
Posted March 18, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Yep that's correct it was a McDonald's drive thru prank

B&O - Calumet River Bridge
Posted March 18, 2017, by Anonymous

Is that why he only makes himself appear on McDonalds food nowadays?

B&O - Calumet River Bridge
Posted March 18, 2017, by Anonymous

........back to that same old place, sweet home Chicago.......

B&O - Calumet River Bridge
Posted March 18, 2017, by Douglas Butler

God used the ship to hit this rail bascule bridge for the fact the blues brother's had a saying quote they're never get caught they're on the mission from God and God is not mocked Galatians 6:7, now I see why the Pontokratis ship had struck it in May of 1988 because of that quote!