I scanned this postcard for you
One span was destroyed in the barge strike, but the bridge itself wasn't completely removed until the new highway bridge was built sometime in the 1980s.
So something doesn't jive here... The bridge was removed in 1970, but the last pic is from 82'?
John Marvig this one's for you! ;-p
In God we trussed.
Sadly, IDOT has now announced plans to replace this truss bridge as well. Plan to replace with a new bridge by 2025. Probably a UCEB in the works. Fewer truss bridges over the Illinois with each passing year.
This bridge was completed in 1972.
A River Corps of Engineers project that began in 1967 to straighten the Kaskaskia River thru here required a new bridge for the GM&O. This new bridge replaced a wooden trestle.
...There's a map with GPS coordinates.
Where exactly is this located?
This replaced a narrow one lane bridge that you would have to wait for oncoming traffic to cross before you could go.
Here is a photo looking northbound along the Wabash line.
nice photo by Michael C Kelly from 1964 taken from this bridge site of the northbound Wabash train below!
Original 85'-10" truss replaced by steel thru plate girder bridge.
nice photo! this looked familiar I see this is west of Bement with the Wabash line turning north!
Indeed, and unless I'm mis-interpreting the StreetView, it's not even that recent a removal. Looks like even by 2008 (the oldest view available), it was gone.
According to imagery on Google maps, this no longer exists.
Thanks Luke !
GREAT pictures!! My goodness! Although, this makes me want to go "exploring" again!
I had no idea that the parking lot of Leon's Diner -(cant remember, I think that is Logan's Appliance in the photo?) is where that bridge ultimately led to!
Thank you ALL for your part in helping keep Danville's beautiful, wholesome, rich history "alive"; at least documented fantastically.
I like to think there are still others (hopefully, of all ages - I'm in my early 30's) out there like me who just "eat" stuff like this UP.
A little construction snag today...
I visited this bridge August of 2019. It is currently closed to all traffic
While not nearly as important today, when the St. Charles airline was built, it was a very important rail connection in Chicago. While these bridges are not overly significant on any scale, Iím glad we were able to document them for future generations, especially considering their significance to Chicago 100 years ago.
Demolition of this bridge is underway now. I'm glad I was able to photograph it back in April.
State Street underneath it is closed to traffic until October 5, 2019. I have not heard how rail traffic is affected.
That is not the bridge I recall from the 50s & 60s.
Here is an old family photo of (what looks like) the Big Muddy River Bridge. My husband's great grandfather was Anson A Hinkley (1857-1920), who had an apple orchard north of Du Bois in Washington County. Anson's son George Meech Hinkley (1886-1975) farmed and had an orchard near Ashley, also in Washington County.
My husband and I found this bridge yesterday. There is no longer a true road going to it that we could find on the 1 side. There are spirits out there though that I caught on camera as the devils fog came upon us as I was shooting pictures.
Found a date of 1885 in a track profile from the 1970s. It appears that this line was not constructed until 1902, so I would suspect this bridge was originally built at another location.
The closer I look at these photos the more amazed I am that this beauty is still standing! With the amount of lean to the South I would expect the Northern bearing seats to be pulled off of their columns. This is beyond sad!
It is an abandoned Bridge, abandoned since approximately 1978. It is on a closed County Road, surrounded by private property on both sides. I am a realist in the fact that I Recognize this bridge will not be saved. I just know that I will be distraught when it falls into the river.
Jason, I would love to see you make a post about this but I do not believe anyone in my area is interested in saving this bridge. My opinion only... If the county was to become involved the only thing they would be interested in doing would be cutting it up for scrap.
Melissa, is there a way to save this Bridge, at least pull it off and dismantle for storage? It may cost the County a bit but it's better than losing it, like we saw with Wagon Wheel Bridge. I will make a post on this and include a couple of your pics in the process, if you don't mind....
It has been 8 years since I've been to this side of the bridge. I almost cried.
I am deeply saddened as well! I was certainly concerned about Cherry Shoals but this far worse!
James, I was absolutely devastated.
I'm at a loss for words after seeing photo #28.
Yes Doris, it is an amazing bridge and I too enjoy seeing Melissa's pics of it, as well as the Lowe and Sigler Bridges. It's obvious she has a real passion for these abandoned gems!
Unfortunately, this beauty reminds me of the Augusta Whitewater Bridge in Kansas. The Superstructure of the bridge appears to be in great condition but the Substructure has some serious issues!
Melissa, you have did a fantastic job of keeping up with this bridge. The photos are haunting! Keep up the great job that you are doing.
I'm thankful the bridge is basically the same as last year
I will Absolutely verify this road is busy, dangerous and impossible to stop on.
Sorry for the automobile tag in the photo. Best photo I could get, this is a very busy and dangerous road.
Oh, yeah oops sorry, my mistake. But you can see why THEY ARE BOTH UGLY SLABS OF CONCRETE THAT REPLACED TWO UNIQUE BRIDGES!!!!!
Nathan Hoth your article you shared isnít even about this bridge.
Something something "Good frames won't save bad paintings" something something
Hence the old adage, ďyou canít polish a turd.Ē
I don't know which is worse, the fact that MoDOT is trying to disagree with people who say this bridge is BORING or that MoDOT actually is wasting tax dollars putting decorative lighting on this UGLY SLAB OF CONCRETE.
Tony, thank you again. This bridge is quite special to me.
My photos were not much better but I was happy that I was able to take photos of it from both sides
I live about 4ish miles from there, but don't get that way much, and I had no idea the bridge had been closed. My camera was going bad on my phone on those photos. You could tell that bridge was in super bad shape. I was afraid even a small car would go through it.
former CA&E line out of West
Jeremy, I love the new photos
Well let's just hope they have enough common sense to preserve it!
Sad to report that after 134 years of service Buskirk Ford Bridge over McKee creek in Adams county has been closed to traffic. Your service is over and you did it well.
Entry for that bridge: https://bridgehunter.com/il/rock-island/ri-hennepin-canal/
The rail bridge in the background was built when the Canal was built by the Rock Island Lines, subsidiaries, the Rock Island & Peoria Railroad, and the Rock Island and Mercer County Railroad (RI&MC). The bridges it connected to were built across the Rock River by the Rock Island & Peoria Railway in 1856. The Rock Island Southern (RIS) had traffic rights over the rail bridge that they obtained from Southern Junction between Reynolds and Preemption to Rock Island. When the Rock Island lines abandoned the RI & MC in the 1920s, and then the line from Milan past the old Eagle warehouse to Orion through Coal Valley in 1941, the RIS continued to use the bridge and line to Rock Island until 1952 when it ceased operations. The Rock Island Lines then took over the branch line and continued to operate it to Milan to serve Eagle and the businesses along Andalusia Road. Today, the line that was not abandoned by the Rock Island is part of the Iowa Interstate.
This bridge is already listed as BNSF-Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Bridge (Lemont) and is completely within Cook County.
It looks to me like a lift mechanism was added to this bridge in the 1930s on top of the existing 1890s span.
New bridge is supposed to be dedicated on August 3.
Construction on this bridge's replacement has slowed down due to flooding on the Illinois River.
Sorry Sheryl, this site is here to promote the preservation of historic bridges and not to help demolish them.
I am writing to ask when this bridge is going to be replaced or fixed?
It gets worse every day. I wonder who will be on it when it collapses!
Please can someone help with this issue?!
I have found that most of these fabricators were constantly tweaking their designs to be more efficient, but not necessarily patenting every one. It certainly makes sense that a single rolled arch should be cheaper and easier to construct. If I am confident of a builder without documentation I usually list them with a (Likely Fabricator) tag attached.
Do we suspect this is CBW or is there evidence? The reason I ask is this bridge had curved, rolled beams for the bow whereas other CBW have a series of straight sections. This one is similar to the other 'CBW' little bowstring.
I'm curious as to whether this was done on the smaller bowstrings, later bowstrings or if its a different builder (maybe Missouri Valley?)
The IL-106 Illinois River bridge has been hit yet again by a barge and is now again closed indefinitely.
I believe the bridge should be the Mark B. Morris (not N. Norris) Bridge. https://iowadot.gov/autotrails/morrisbridge
This bridge was lost in the flood of May 2011. I wanted a photo of it before Google Earth updates.
Thanks Tony ! I'm thrilled you have finally identified the Mystery Whipple postcard I have. I've wanted a photo of this bridge for a long time. Apparently I've had it...
We have our answer !
Mike, judging by the third picture, after the truck did it's damage to the bridge, I believe it was repaired and re-opened. When I was a child, I recall asking my late father about the bridge, as he used to take his rail-buggy through the creek when it would dry out, and I remember him saying something about the bridge being replaced sometime in the late 60's.
Yeah, that threw me off at first - trying to find that exact name on the map and in the NBI yielded nothing, so I had to follow the creek northward on the map.
I do still kind of wonder about the apparent 11-year difference between this bridge's floor collapse and the building of the current Dillinger Road bridge - is the latter a typo, where it should be listed as 1958 instead of 1968, or is 1968 correct?
Melissa, I noticed that as well, which is what made me so apprehensive to comment, but after searching, and searching, I just knew that this had to be the bridge. I've known about this bridge for as long as I can remember. The view used to be a lot less obstructed, but I would always make it a point to look for the bridge every time we passed. I've just recently gotten into local exploration, and it, and this website in particular, have been truly amazing. Curiosity definitely got the better of me with this bridge.
I Finally noticed the articles say "Crab Orchard Hill Road"
James Horn, I'd Love to see photos of it ! I live up in White County. I don't get out to field visit bridges as often as I'd like to.
Property ownership info for Jackson County, IL, is available at this website:
Thank yíall for the responses! The picture isnít the best, but hereís a view of the former bridge from the current bridge. As someone pointed out, Iím almost positive that this is on private property, but I used to live just up the way, so I plan on finding out exactly who owns the property to see if I can get any closer. If not, Iíll head out that way Tuesday with my zoom lens.
Thank you to Everyone!
I set the pin based on the 1936 map.
There was also an Illinois Central crossing to the north of the current bridge.
I think we have a winner. Looking at the Herrin quadrangle maps from 1910 and 1936, there was only one bridge across Crab Orchard Creek that could be described as 3.5 miles northeast of Carbondale, and it's the location next to modern-day Dillinger Road.
Mike, I appreciate your assistance. I wonder if there are remnants of This bridge or a later one ?
I gather this is where James is referring to: https://www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B046'18.6%22N+89%C2%...
Quite a bit of guesswork to stumble onto this point - starting with ILL-13 over the creek (closest obvious point given the location info), follow the creek north, it turns into the Big Muddy River on the map, and eventually that hits Dillinger. More guesswork reveals that Dillinger Road is CH 11, which has only one NBI listing. Build year for that is 1968 - eleven years after this?
Not sure that would add up to whatever shows there on satellite being ruins of THIS bridge, but whatever is there may be worth investigating. One caveat to that though: Looks like there are someones who live right there.
James, I'm not sure. I was unfamiliar with the area and unable to map it.
As your coming down Dillinger Road, from Reed Station Road, youíll go down the hill and hit the bridge; now to your left, there is an older bridge, maybe 45-50 yards back, is this that same bridge?
Looking closer at this bridge, it appears that the lift span was constructed out of the original 1898 span. This seems to be an unusual modification for this time period.
Bridge is now closed for months of emergency repairs!
Damage to Western side of Eastern leg of bridge 2012
West leg of bridge in 2012
this is correct location and both top and bottom are in use top is till active rails lower is RTV trail
Maintenance will take place this summer. Keep your distance unless you enjoy becoming acquainted with BNSF police. Itís a different world for trespassing railfans these days, as it should be. Too many crew members have had to deal with fatalities or close calls with trespassers, particularly on structures with limited means of egress or the emergency platforms. Regardless of how well you think you know railroads and operations, itís no place for you.
Noticed this on my way to Princeton Indiana today.
That would be https://bridgehunter.com/il/winnebago/bh41898/
That would be https://bridgehunter.com/il/winnebago/bh41899/
Illinois Central built this Bridge
picture of bridge before removal
picture of what is left
here is a pic of old bridge
here is a photo