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Posted October 20, 2017, by Andre Kristopans (andrethebusman99 [at] msn [dot] com)

This is at least 3rd long-term closure for "repairs" in the last two years. Must have some sort of structural problems that are defying repairs. This is the most-operated lift bridge in Chicago area after all.

Posted October 20, 2017, by Andre Kristopans (andrethebusman99 [at] msn [dot] com)

Bridge abandoned when CTM shut down for lack of traffic - bridge damaged by fire and inoperable

Posted October 20, 2017, by Anonymous

CN has embargoed this bridge. No longer considered usable.

Posted October 19, 2017, by Anonymous

Built for Metropolitan West Side Elevated, not CA&E, which came in on trackage rights after 1907. Abandoned and removed after Chicago transit Authority abandoned this portion of Elevated June 1958

Posted October 19, 2017, by Anonymous

Out of passenger service 1951, scrapped 1964. Bridge over CNW in background still there today, holding railroad signals.

Posted October 16, 2017, by Anonymous

Doubtful, seeing as the bridge this entry for is in the raised position with no tracks going to the bridge.

Posted October 15, 2017, by Rick Drew (rickthephotoguy [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've been here several times - trains use it daily.

Posted October 8, 2017, by Dan Nichols (Jinksling [at] aol [dot] com)

This photo was taken on October 5, 2017 from the eastern side of the Kankakee Bridge. The power poles are made of concrete and look original. They are no longer used.

Posted October 6, 2017, by Kevin Erb (railnorth [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The bridge passed over the junction of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad (now Union Pacific) with the Peoria and Eastern (later Conrail, now removed) and the Illinois Terminal/Illinois Traction Interurban line (removed prior to 1975)

Posted October 5, 2017, by Dan Nichols (Jinksling [at] aol [dot] com)

I was thrilled to be able to see this bridge in person today. Thanks again for your work.

Posted September 21, 2017, by Jon P Van Eck (jonvaneck [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone know how to contact (lisalu_2005 [at] yahoo [dot] com)? I am trying to get permission to use the photograph titled:

Illinois River Bridge at Florence Illinois on January 10th 2016 after a barge hit the bridge earlier that morning.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance,

~ Jon

Posted September 18, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Closed for repairs until October 31, 2017. Traffic rerouted to 95th Street Bridge on a poorly-marked detour.

Posted September 7, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes, those are indeed fluted cruciform verts! Switzerland County, Indiana also had a CBW Bowstring pony about the same size with them. The verticals on the larger Mallaham Bridge in Putnam County, Ohio are beefier rolled ones.

Posted September 7, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Nice panoramic view.

In Julie's pics it looks like this has cruciform verticals.

It's nice to know this one is preserved.

Posted September 7, 2017, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanx Clark Vance for the info; I finally visited here, Aug 27, 2017 and noted the concrete wing walls had a date written in the concrete of 8-24-77. This area was originally the village of Siloam prior to 1940 with a max population of 75. There was a hotel, store, post office and a rather large spring fed swimming pool. "Illinois Stories" on local PBS station features this history as well.

Posted September 4, 2017, by John Marvig

Appears that this bridge has been replaced.

Posted September 4, 2017, by John Marvig

Looks to me this bridge has been replaced

Posted September 1, 2017, by Anonymous

Marine Engine 41, The Fred Busse, was moored in the slip on the North Side of the river, east of the bridge.

Posted August 26, 2017, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

That's kind of what I thought too. The piers looked much older than the bridge.

Posted August 25, 2017, by Luke

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Posted August 25, 2017, by joe whitehead (charvel5150 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

this bridge runs right through a offroad park i ride at. I can get a couple pics of it to put here but dont know how to go about doing that

Posted August 23, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge no longer operates because I don't see any gates.

Posted August 22, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Stone piers look to be very old but well built, may have carried several structures at this site.

Posted August 22, 2017, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Talk about lucky timing. Sign at the beginning of road says "Road closed Sept 5th for bridge replacement"

Posted August 22, 2017, by David Huffman (davhuffm [at] mindspring [dot] com)
Posted August 19, 2017, by Ellen Hedrick (Ellenh1965 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This old railroad bridge is back in service as a pedestrian bridge. It is part of the Kickapoo Rail Trail. The trail is officially open on August 25, 2017. The tressell and ties were retrofit with six prefab steel frame bridges with timber decking.

Posted August 15, 2017, by SCOTT J CLAY (roadagnt70 [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge was replaced in 2016

Posted August 4, 2017, by Anonymous

One of the photos asks "I wonder what the numbers mean?" (next to each bolt) They would be the tightening sequence. The engineers want the bolts torqued to a very specific torque value, and in the sequence shown to even out the stress on the cable clamp. Then the nuts have "witness marks" so that an inspector can see if the nut has come loose.

Posted July 30, 2017, by t c verstynen (tomteamv [at] yahoo [dot] com)


Posted July 28, 2017, by Ross Brown (bluehavanaross [at] gmail [dot] com)

Satellite imagery shows this bridge has been removed.

Posted July 28, 2017, by Ross Brown (bluehavanaross [at] gmail [dot] com)

Satellite image shows this bridge has been removed and replaced by a new bridge.

Posted July 25, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mr. Davis:

Thanks for the comment. I have edited this listing to reflect the fact that the bridge is on private property.

Posted July 25, 2017, by Dan Davis (dwdavis46 [at] gmail [dot] com)

In your listing for this bridge it states that it is open to traffic. This is certainly not the case. The road to the bridge is privately owned by my family as well as by my neighbor. Due to the easy access off of Rt.52 we have had many problems with trespassers. Again, this is private property and not open any kind of traffic be it vehicular, foot or otherwise.

Regards, Dan Davis

Posted July 10, 2017, by Madison (madisonayers0 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was driving around with a pal that lives around urbana/ champaign and we ended up on this bridge, Im pretty sure. When i was driving it was pitch black and this bridge really caught me off guard. I've been looking on google earth and topographic maps to try and find out what it was, I think this was it.

Posted July 4, 2017, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (lner4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)
Posted July 3, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Field visit July 2, 2017: This pony truss is getting quite grown over. The classic photo of the pony truss with the through truss in the background is not possible anymore, at least in the summer.

Posted July 3, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Field visit July 2, 2017: The deck on this bridge is in poor condition with missing and loose boards. I actually felt more comfortable walking across the nearby Sugar Creek Bridge (which is closed to traffic) compared with this bridge.

Posted June 27, 2017, by John Marvig


When I was researching this bridge, I found that a lattice truss was built here in 1879. If I recall, it was even the same size. I'll have to see if I can find that book again. The wood piles have been updated over time I'm sure. Also, I wouldn't expect a railroad to be using cut stone on a spur like this.

Posted June 27, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I would expect that this bridge replaced the 1879 bridge and that it was not new when it was put here. Railroads had a history of moving older bridges from main lines to secondary lines or spurs when the mainline is upgraded. The pilings this bridge set on don't look like what one would expect on a bridge of this size. Cut stone would be more likely in 1879.

Posted June 25, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good news from Carpentersville!

The individual trying to preserve the bridge has found the deed to the bridge; which states the property should be in the cities ownership. However, there are conflicting documents. Once these are resolved, the preservation talks can move forward.

Posted June 25, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Field visit 6/24/17: Construction is well underway on the replacement bridge with assembly of the new through arch in progress. Various sections of the arch are sitting on nearby barges.

Posted June 20, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan and Roger,either way it is actually exciting seeing underneath these bridges on the rivers.They ought to do every river.Would be very interesting,i think.

Posted June 19, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

That is an interesting development. It is interesting they went down some lesser traveled routes like under the Chicago and Alton Railroad Bridge... I wonder if they will venture further down the Sanitary and Ship Canal in the future...

Posted June 19, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just found that Google put their street view camera on a boat on the Chicago River. It captured some great views of a number of interesting bridges, with even good views of the undersides of bridges, including this bridge. It went up the North Branch on both sides of Goose Island to North Avenue, down the South Branch to Damen Avenue, and out the Main Branch through the Chicago Locks and all around in Lake Michigan past Navy Pier.

This will be fun to explore!

Posted June 15, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mr. Davisson:

Thanks for sharing your story. These bridges hold a lot of memories for a lot of people.

Posted June 14, 2017, by Robert Davisson (sdnbd [at] aol [dot] com)

My parents were married in December 1931 and settled in Savanna, Illinois. My mother and her relatives were from Sabula, Iowa. Until the bridge was opened for traffic on 31 December 1932, the only way to get from Savanna to Sabula, was either by ferry boat or the Milwaukee Road railroad bridge.

I came into the picture on 13 December 1932. My folks told me that at the ripe old age of two weeks, they bundled me up and drove over the bridge to visit my grandparents in Sabula just a day or two after the bridge opened. So, technically, the old span is two weeks younger than I am. Now I'm wondering, at age 84, who will out live the other... me or the bridge.

Posted June 12, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was thinking about Vanderburgh #81 which Dr. Cooper has listed in his database as a Lattice Bedstead, when I made my previous statement. While there isn't photo evidence to prove it was indeed a bedstead he is generally pretty thorough in his assessments. This bridge was somewhat similar to the others, but did feature a arched lower chord.

But then I remembered the one in Iroquois County.Illinois that features a conventional Bedstead with one of these Lattice structures attached to it. Looking at this one closer I see that it is indeed NOT a bedstead.

Back to the Hoosier State, we also have this surviving non-bedstead Warren pony that is simply a lightweight structure with vertical endposts.

Posted June 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


That was my thoughts as well - none of these being bedsteads. I have not had a chance to visit one of these bridges to inspect it. The closest type that I have been able to inspect is this one, which I want to document thoroughly next time I am on I-70 in Western Kansas:

^ Definitely not a bedstead.

Posted June 12, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

All examples of this style of bridge (lightweight double Warren composed of light angles only plus a horizontal angle running thru middle of truss) have NOT been bedsteads. In the absence of supporting photos, I see no reason why this one should be a bedstead. There are more of these bridges in Missouri plus a single example in Michigan.

Posted June 11, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm more inclined (Or lack thereof) to believe this is a Lattice bedstead and not a vertical endpost pony. There aren't many of these around so it would be nice if they would preserve it!

...And yes, the pun was intended!

Posted June 11, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not being able to edit my comments, I thought I should provide a bit of a clarification for those who might be new to this website and perhaps unfamiliar with bedsteads. A true bedstead features vertical endposts that extend down through the deck and form the substructure of the bridge. If the vertical endposts stop at the bottom chord, then the bridge is not a true bedstead.

Posted June 11, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The one upstream does not appear to be a beadstead to me. These are some interesting bridges.

Posted June 11, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Reviving an old thread...

Looking at the photos, I can't tell if this is a true beadstead or a pony with vertical endposts. It is significant either way, so hopefully Illinois will select it for preservation.

Posted June 11, 2017, by Kevin Davis (kevin [at] kevincdavis [dot] net)

I think I have a picture as well. My grandpa took me to the crash site. I remember seeing that line going through Morton IL before the crash.

Posted June 10, 2017, by Patrick Griffith (antennawizard [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridges have been removed and the CM&G cut has been filled with ballast rock to support the two CN lines that pass over. All that is still visible is one small corner of the old cement bridge support.

Posted May 24, 2017, by Ralph (ralphyeager314 [at] gmail [dot] com)

When I was 5 years old my Dad had taken my Grandfather and I to watch the demolition of the old J.B. bridge.

We had watched it from a wheel house in either the Wendy Ann or the Helen B tug boat.

It was about 30 years ago and I was very young but I will never forget that and being able to watch it from a St. Louis tug boat. AWESOME

Posted May 23, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

That's the one Luke.Thanks.Never hurts to ask.

Posted May 23, 2017, by Luke
Posted May 23, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I looked on the map and saw another bridge on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River.If you follow the rail line ROW you will see it.Looks like a wooden trestle.Is this bridge on Bridgehunters?

Posted May 22, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

As always Luke I thank you for your bridge acumen

Posted May 22, 2017, by Luke

The lift span was the successor bridge to the one this entry is for.

Posted May 19, 2017, by Douglas Butler

This is my sketch of the scissor bridge opened since world war 1/ world war 2 If anybody enjoys it

Posted May 15, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That is too bad. This county had an incredible collection of truss bridges. One of these days, when metal truss bridges are rare, they will be an attraction like covered bridges are today. Maybe someday you will see a Whipple Truss gracing a tourism brochure...maybe...

Posted May 15, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

As far as I know the arch bridge is the only historic bridge that the county has even thought about preserving. Otherwise, historic bridges in this county are only seen as an irritant by farmers and dealt with in the same way as rodents on the farm: total mass extermination.

Posted May 15, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Iroquois County is still on my bucket list - mostly because of the P.E. Lane through arch bridge. Hopefully, that one will be preserved as it is unique.

Posted May 15, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not good news considering what county it is in!

Posted May 15, 2017, by Scott (Themufflerman [at] live [dot] com)

Unfortunately, This bridge is now closed.

Posted May 12, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Daniel nice find!

Posted May 12, 2017, by Zack Riel (zjr813 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It appears that the bridge that was once here has been removed. The photos were taken on May 7th, 2017.

Posted May 12, 2017, by John Rew (john [dot] rew12 [at] gmail [dot] com)

4/31/17 Found the crossing by accident returning from a business trip. It was worth the dollar to cross and the highlight of the day.

Posted May 9, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Spotted this on google earth. Any information would be great.

Posted May 1, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

nice!! love it

Posted May 1, 2017, by Anonymous
Posted April 26, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Few more Pics

Posted April 26, 2017, by Douglas Butler

This what happen in May of 1988 a collision with a huge ship.

Posted April 26, 2017, by Douglas Butler

This is the Blues Brothers and their Quote.

Posted April 25, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great video,guys!Showed the bridge without anybody getting on it and walking on or under it and not getting hurt.I did notice from the video if i'm not mistaken that it looks like red bricks were used for the deck.Anybody else see that?

Posted April 24, 2017, by Christopher Fisher (cfisher [at] mailbag [dot] com)

A couple of young guys from Danville recently posted this extended video on YouTube of the Mill Street Bridge that they took with a drone camera. Really great stuff--lots of views rarely seen or otherwise impossible to show due to inaccessibility and/or danger. The music is a bit annoying (not my taste), but you can always mute the sound. Worth checking out!

Posted April 23, 2017, by Anonymous

As far as I know this was never a bridge, per say. It was a dam across a special narrow section of the canal meant to be used as an emergency shut-off device if the gates of the locks ever failed. The through-truss section was fixed in place parallel with the centerline of the canal and the dam would swing across the canal underneath it and shut off the flow of water. It was literally a butterfly valve.

Posted April 20, 2017, by Kurt (richeson [at] htc [dot] net)

Rattle Snake Ferry on Big Muddy River circa 1934.

Photo posted on U.S. Forest Service - Shawnee National Forest FaceBook page. Courtesy of the Forest History Society, Durham, N.C.

Posted April 13, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Hats off to google maps for putting street view on the river!Should do it everywhere!

Posted April 13, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice piece about this bridge this morning on WBEZ (NPR Chicago), focusing on the bridgetender's house, and its role in the Great Chicago Flood of 1992, which happened 25 years ago today. Audio story includes interesting history of the bridge, including its origin as a pathway between two taverns, the time a taxicab flew off it into the river while it was being lifted, and of course the Great Chicago Flood in 1992 which was caused by pilings driven to protect the bridge from errant barges. Some nice photos.

Posted April 10, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


How did you get these beautiful photos of this structure?

Posted April 10, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Missing plaque is a Detroit Bridge & Iron Works plaque, signifiying this bridge was likely built in the 1890s. Additional DB&IW structures along this line were built between 1890 and 1895.

Posted April 8, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Zooming in and clicking into the google maps page for the "subway" allows access to some recent photos. It appears he trestle overhead has been built up into an embankment.

Posted April 8, 2017, by Luke

Also this bridge shows up in Bing aerial imagery, so there's also that.

Posted April 8, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is actually a common situation on this website. The bridge is open to traffic above, and thus is considered "open to traffic"; despite not being open to traffic below.

Posted April 8, 2017, by Dean Skora (chidino1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

In addition to Mr. Conro's accurate statement, I believe both of us can verify that this bridge is not "open to traffic".

Posted April 3, 2017, by Aaron Underwood (aaron [at] longGroveHistory [dot] org)

The original plan in 1972 was to replace it with a culvert. While the covering might not be ideal as far as historic appreciation goes, the bridge wouldn't be here today had it not been covered as part of that alternative plan.

Also, a big part of the reason for the low covering was to limit truck traffic and weight on the bridge. The road the bridge is on is a cut through between major state highways. So it wasn't just for show.

Posted March 26, 2017, by Anonymous


Posted March 26, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I was scared almost to death every time I crossed this bridge! It was too narrow and if a overweight person came from the opposite direction it barely possible to clear!

If it was removed, why is the status still "Open to pedestrians"?

Posted March 25, 2017, by Anonymous

Thank you for the post. Made my morning.. Unfortunately seems this bridge was plagued by trolls as we can see by the comment section..

Posted March 23, 2017, by Brad Noack (bradnoack [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge is officially reopened as of 3/20/2017 as a pedestrian/bicycle only bridge after complete rehabilitation.

Posted March 22, 2017, by Diane L Clark (graciehillfarm [at] juno [dot] com)

My mother used to tell me about how she and her family would go swimming in the creek under the bridge. She said there were huge Billy Gars (fish) in the creek, but they never bothered them. My great grandfather, Marion Rice, owned the general store in Fall Creek, next to the RR tracks, and earlier, he owned the farmhouse with the large barn and silos with the turquoise roofs at the intersection of the present day highway (36?) and the old highway 57 (I think) that runs from Quincy to Marblehead and then Fall Creek. I don't live in that area so am just going from memory.

My mom also said there was an old school house in the Fall Creek area where local folks used to picnic. I think the school was closed but the area people would use the school grounds for picnics.

The train would run from Quincy to Marblehead to Fall Creek and beyond. My grandmother would take the train to visit her relatives (Hickersons, Rice, Rollins) in the county.

So sad that so many area artifacts are either falling down or have been replaced. The last time I was in the area with my mother (who was born in Quincy), we drove up a road and ran across a scenic overlook that had an historical marker about Fall Creek, etc. It was looking pretty ragged at the time. I went back after Mom's death and couldn't even get up the road. It was closed. Very sad. I know my relatives in Adam's County pay some seriously high taxes. Why aren't the historical areas being maintained? They mean a lot to some people. Do we have to start a campaign? I look at what's left of Creightown Cemetery outside of Marblehead and it breaks my heart, how so much of it has been swallowed up by the trees and field grass. Not to mention the damage and destruction to the remaining headstones. Isn't there anyone there, in the area, who still cares and can do something about it? I live far away but I'd be willing to try to help!

Posted March 18, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Yep that's correct it was a McDonald's drive thru prank

Posted March 18, 2017, by Anonymous

Is that why he only makes himself appear on McDonalds food nowadays?

Posted March 18, 2017, by Anonymous

........back to that same old place, sweet home Chicago.......

Posted March 18, 2017, by Douglas Butler

God used the ship to hit this rail bascule bridge for the fact the blues brother's had a saying quote they're never get caught they're on the mission from God and God is not mocked Galatians 6:7, now I see why the Pontokratis ship had struck it in May of 1988 because of that quote!

Posted March 9, 2017, by CConkle (msplinter1964 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't know who handles maintenance, but this bridge badly needs it.

Posted March 4, 2017, by David Huffman (davhuffm [at] mindspring [dot] com)

The infamous unsolved murder at this bridge may have been solved.

I was ten when the woman's body was discovered and living in nearby Charleston.