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Van Buren Street Bridge (Old)

Photos 

Photo taken by Douglas Butler

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BH Photo #261385

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Street View 

Description 

The Van Buren Street Bridge was designed in 1894 and constructed in 1895 at the same time as the West Side Elevated bridge; these were the first two Scherzer-type rolling lift bridges built.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pony truss bridge over Chicago River on Van Buren Street
Location
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1895 to replace a swing bridge dating to 1872; replaced by current bridge in 1956
Builders
- Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Design
Pony truss bascule
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.87680, -87.63751   (decimal degrees)
41°52'36" N, 87°38'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/447100/4636293 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chicago Loop
Inventory number
BH 52691 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 28, 2017: New photo from Dave King
  • October 5, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • June 18, 2012: Added by Frank Hicks

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