12 votes

Flensburg Bridge


South side

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in April 2009


BH Photo #140327



Bowstring through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on TR 299
Effingham County, Illinois
Abandoned with deck missing
Built 1882
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Bowstring through truss
Length of largest span: 118.1 ft.
Total length: 174.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Also called
Little Wabash River Bowstring Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.93823, -88.54915   (decimal degrees)
38°56'18" N, 88°32'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/365736/4311063 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
IL 025-3131 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 38981 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 6, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 29, 2018: New photos from Elliott Johnson
  • September 4, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Changed name
  • August 30, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builder.
  • May 17, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Name, Status, Design and GPS
  • April 18, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Design
  • January 31, 2009: Added by Robert Stephenson



Flensburg Bridge
Posted January 13, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

From the Decatur Herald dated May 7 1964...

Flensburg Bridge
Posted July 28, 2015, by Travis Macklin (tmac2540 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was just there yesterday. Its a shame all the decking boards have been removed but still it is something to see. like the other guys messaging I remember traveling across as a child.

Flensburg Bridge
Posted July 11, 2015, by Gary Cameron (gcameron47 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This very bridge is still intact. Jared talked of a truck that had fell threw its decking as a little boy of 10 or so I seen that said truck on the bank of the river was a lime truck headed to my grandfathers farm ground on the west side of the river I have heard tales that this bridge structure is 100+ years old and drove tractors and walked across this bridge many times in my youth

Flensburg Bridge
Posted February 21, 2012, by Jared Macklin (macklin6 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I spent many a childood summer here with my brother and father. While I don't look at this bridge with the same midset bridge enthusiasts do, I can't help but remember those days. I remember when a neighboring farmer unwisely drove to heavy a load over her and destroyed her; so I thought at the time, however it may be also why they closed the road and allowed the bridge to remain to this day. Strange how things work out and how a mind can change. God Bless

Little Wabash River Bowstring Bridge
Posted August 31, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

WOW, what a great find! A classic example of a King Bridge Co. Bowstring.