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Cox Bridge


South side

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in April 2009


BH Photo #136988



Through truss bridge over Kaskaskia River on Cox Bridge road
Fayette County, Illinois
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
September 21, 2011 article of Carlyle Union Banner mentions that the Army Corps of Engineers want to remove this bridge for safety reasons.
Built 1911
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 171.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.8 ft.
Also called
Kaskaskia River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.79646, -89.19403   (decimal degrees)
38°47'47" N, 89°11'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/309461/4296475 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wildcat Lake
Inventory numbers
IL 026-3259 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 39819 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 23, 2011: Updated by Kim Harvey: this bridge is likely doomed
  • April 12, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Name and Overview
  • April 11, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey: add categories
  • February 10, 2009: Added by Robert Stephenson



Cox Bridge
Posted September 5, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


More than likely the names listed were those of the county commissioners, or other elected officials at that time. Assuming the 1911 date given here is correct, you should check the county records at that time to see if your relative is listed. Rarely did the bridge fabricating firms list more than the company name itself.

Cox Bridge
Posted September 5, 2010, by Dawn Edwards (Sweeteknees3 [at] aol [dot] com)

There used to a plaque on the Cox Bridge with the names of the crew that built the bridge. If anyone has a listing of the names, I'd like to have a copy. I believe a family member of mine was listed.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Dawn Edwards