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Laramie Avenue Bridge


Laramie Avenue Bridge

Photo from industrial scenery

View this photo at industrialscenery.blogspot.com

BH Photo #466710


"The site is at Laramie (52nd) Avenue across the Burlington Railroad's classification yards, Ogden Avenue and 26th Street. ... This wrought iron and cast iron structure, erected at Burlington, Iowa, between 1860 and 1870 by the C. B. & Q. Railroad, was one of the first bridges to span the Mississippi River. ... However, the C. B. & Q. was developing a new switch yard at Morton Park, now a part of Cicero." - Excerpt from Midwest Engineer, Volume 8


Lost Whipple through truss bridge over CB&Q RR on Laramie Avenue
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1895 using spans from the old Mississippi River Bridge at Burlington, Iowa; Removed 1955
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan (Original 1868 fabrication at Burlington, Iowa.)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Whipple through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.84257, -87.75381   (decimal degrees)
41°50'33" N, 87°45'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/437417/4632571 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88394 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 12, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 4, 2020: New photos from Luke
  • March 1, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 29, 2020: Updated by Luke: Noted that the bridge used spans from the original Burlington, Iowa river bridge.
  • February 29, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs

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Laramie Avenue Bridge
Posted March 1, 2020, by Luke

Less so the caption, but it being a different bridge entirely.

The photos preceding it on the site are of the correct bridge. I think the image is of the Polly L bridge, given the railroad signals attached to it.

Laramie Avenue Bridge
Posted March 1, 2020, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Luke - let me know how to correct the picture caption

Laramie Avenue Bridge
Posted February 29, 2020, by Luke

Geoff, I believe the picture you uploaded was mis-labeled.

However, the correct imagery on Industrial Scenery sent John and I on the hunt, and we found that these spans were originally at Burlington, Iowa, as part of the original crossing of the Mississippi River.

So good find!