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Posted July 16, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Appears that this bridge was replaced

Posted July 14, 2018, by Brad Small

Postcard photo of Halsted Street Lift Bridge. Date unknown.

Posted July 14, 2018, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

See Lincoln Highway Rock Creek above in listings

Posted July 14, 2018, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

See BNSF Rock Creek Bridge above in listings

Posted July 14, 2018, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

See Rock Creek Farm Bridge two above in listings.

Posted July 9, 2018, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


haha, no not involved! Actually I have been involved in years past trying to convince them to save the bridge and drawing focus to the historic metal trusses. I am not sure they ever did much restoration to the trusses however.

Posted July 8, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

You can't make this stuff up - truck attack!:

Nathan, did you pay the guy to free the pony truss from its covering :^)


Art S.

Posted July 6, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I would suggest a build date of 1872-1875 with a relocation date of 1905.

Posted July 3, 2018, by Shaun Speers (speersfms [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Just found out this is up for replacement this year. It looks like the replacement will be a standard bridge.

Posted June 28, 2018, by Anonymous

Extremely safe. Railroads have standardized loading gauges bridges and substructures must be able to handle.

Posted June 28, 2018, by Trish (tpacourek [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

How safe is the LaGrange Road overpass? It was built in 1933. Looks like it was built with telephone poles.

Posted June 28, 2018, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I can confirm that the 1925 construction date for this bridge is not correct. Pin-connected pony truss bridges were not built at this time. National Bridge Inventory data is one of the least reliable sources of information on bridge construction dates, errors are common. A 1906 date and the builder of the bridge is strongly supported by the design details of the bridge.

Posted June 26, 2018, by Aaron Underwood (aaron [at] longGroveHistory [dot] org)

The bridge was added to the National Historic Register on June 11, 2018.


Buffalo Creek Bridge,

Robert Parker Coffin Rd. over Buffalo Cr.,

Long Grove, RS100001672,

LISTED, 6/11/2018

Posted June 26, 2018, by Dave Moorman (dmoorman4 [at] comcast [dot] net)

This should be Lemont.

Posted June 26, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I hate to call another persons recollections into question but the railroad records indicate the bridge was not abandoned until 1968. This conflicts with the comment that it was used as a traffic bridge in the mid to early 1960's.

Posted June 18, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

104 year old bridge is listed for sale - but only for a couple of weeks. This looks like another City of Chicago gambit to circumvent Section 106 as fast as possible, just like with the nearby Division Street Bridge, right now! Demolition of this historic structure is likely very soon.

Why couldn't the City just maintain it, instead?

Posted June 17, 2018, by lyon_wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

New Meredosia bridge is supposed to open this Tuesday.

Posted June 15, 2018, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

100% agree! My kids, who don't even give a crap about bridges, loved it!

Posted June 15, 2018, by Johnny Bridgelover (johnterry [dot] inbox [at] gmail [dot] com)

I had the pleasure of crossing this bridge yesterday. Worth the $1 you have to pay the toll troll.

The bridge is 1 lane but there wasn't much traffic so we did not have to wait.

One of the best bridges I've ever crossed. 9/10 would recommend to a friend.

Posted June 11, 2018, by Cat Vitas (cat [at] hilarious [dot] com)

I actually just found a Sanicula Springs bottle undamaged in my backyard. Dug it up accidentally.

Posted June 3, 2018, by Greg Valent (gjvalent [at] ameritech [dot] net)

Hardpack gravel trail, peds and bicycles only. The viewing platform and associated rules are to prevent vandalism. The bridge itself is beautiful. Note the keystones at the top of the arches. Well worth the ride or hike.

Posted May 22, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks John for clearing that up.

Just wondering about the dates.

Posted May 22, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge information is in the track chart. The swing span was constructed 1892, and the remainder was constructed in 1899. The tunnel dates to the construction of the original rail line and bridge. The spans from the original bridge were later relocated around the area, even reaching as far as Mississippi. I can upload the track chart for the tunnel and bridge later.

Posted May 22, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Since this tunnel was built before the bridge wouldn't that make the bridge older,John?That's what I'm thinking.

Posted May 22, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The date Clark provides isnít surprising either. I never really had an estimate for the tunnel, especially because one portal appears to date from the late 1890s or early 1900s. But the tunnel being original to the rail line does make sense. Thanks Clark for finding that info!

Posted May 22, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

John,thanks for answering me about the tunnel but I think the tunnel is older than what you estimate.I read the article Clark posted and saw an older date from when the bridge was opened for traffic along with the tunnel I'm guessing.Anyway,this is one old tunnel!

Posted May 22, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Some info from Encyclopedia Dubuque:

It appears the tunnel was built when the original bridge was with some of the stone mined going into the bridge piers.

Posted May 22, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Iím not sure how much CN is going to be willing to help. I havenít come across any IC blueprints before either. Normally, the IC charts are very well put together, complete with dates. Iíll search through a couple more and see what I come up with. A date of 1899 wouldnít surprise me however.

Posted May 22, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks John for responding.Would CN or Illinois Central know when it was built or who built the tunnel being that if Illinois Central is still in business?Looks like an old tunnel.

Posted May 22, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


The track chart I have gives a total length of 851í. No build date was given, but it may date back to the first Mississippi River crossing here; but also may have been built in 1899 when the crossing was rebuilt

Posted May 22, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have a couple of questions.How long is this tunnel and when was it built?Looks like a very interesting tunnel being that it's curved.

Posted May 18, 2018, by Melissa C. (melrencam [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm a vendor that sets up at Comic Cons sometimes. I decided to do Super Con in Metropolis Il. I've been to Metropolis a long time ago, on family vacation to see the Superman statue & museum, etc. This time I was by myself, and at the end of my first day at Super Con, I just wanted to grab something to eat and drive across the river to my hotel. I don't generally use a GPS, but maybe I should have that night. I grabbed a bite to eat, and thought I was going the right way when I was pulled over by a cop. Apparently I was speeding (I wasn't sure of the speed limit as I don't live there, but I was in a hurry to go home so I guess I was). I explained I was in town for the Comic Con, and he just gave me a warning (he said he was in a good mood and was starting vacation the next day lol). I thanked him and went on my way. Unfortunately, the way...ended up being on the Brookport Bridge. I was still shook up from getting stopped, and once I realized I was on the old bridge and not the newer one, I freaked. out. Now, I have to explain that I do have panic & anxiety disorder. I know it's a common thing to say, "I had a panic attack." But, I really had one that night. It was dark by this time, and once I got going on the bridge, I had a good few moments of thinking,"Oh My God, I'm not gonna make it over this." I had to resist a very strong urge to stop my car, right in the middle of this thing. I knew I couldn't do that, so I just tried my very best to focus on the end of the bridge and keeping the car as straight as possible. All I could think about was how it would feel to get off of it. I've read other comments, and I understand that to some people, this is no biggie, or they grew up with it, etc. And honestly, it probably is not a big deal to some. But to me...I can't explain the response I had, except to say it felt like sheer terror. I flashed back to the time when my best friend in the fourth grade convinced me to ride the "salt n pepper shakers" at the local carnival. I did, and I screamed the whole time lol. The cage-y feel of the bridge, and the tugging of my tires (I had to have been going pretty slow) made me feel like I was going to lose control. I mean, y'all. Lol this bridge is a you-know-what, if you have problems with bridges, heights, panic/anxiety, etc. do NOT take this bridge if you can help it. No joke - they really should have a warning sign. People, especially out-of-towners, just aren't used to driving this old/narrow/type of a bridge. If it's lasted since 1929, I'm sure it's made very well, and I can appreciate that. But, man, I will probably never cross it again, at least not driving myself. Needless to say, I will never forget the Brookport Bridge. Like someone else commented, I need a survivor t-shirt too lol.

Posted May 14, 2018, by Ross Brown

Satellite imagery shows that this was removed sometime between 1999 and 2005.

Posted May 14, 2018, by Ross Brown

Satellite imagery shows this was removed sometime between 1999 and 2005.

Posted May 6, 2018, by Glen Brannon (hoosierky [at] att [dot] net)

Total bridge replacement. Photo taken 5/6/2018

Posted May 6, 2018, by Glen Brannon (hoosierky [at] att [dot] net)

Total bridge replacement. Photo taken 5/6/2018

Posted May 6, 2018, by Glen Brannon (hoosierky [at] att [dot] net)

Bridge has been replace with gravel road. Photo taken 5/6/2018

Posted May 1, 2018, by Dave (potiukd [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sigh. Another boring, utilitarian bridge in the making.

Posted May 1, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Construction has started to rebuild this bridge. According to a City of Chicago press release, "The replacement structure will maintain the existing bridgeís historic architectural style while providing modern lighting and drainage and meet modern ADA standards." We'll see.

The bridge will remain open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during construction by doing it one half at a time.

Posted April 28, 2018, by MFT

I was always terrified as a kid to go over this bridge in my parent's minivan. The timber deck boards would creak and moan and it felt like there was nothing keeping the car from falling through. That said, I miss that bridge now that it's gone (the modern bridges give those roads more traffic now but they aren't much to look at). Too bad they couldn't repair it decades ago to keep it in a functional state. I saw a some old black and white truss bridge photographs at the Essex Historical Building, they may have been from this or another nearby bridge.

Posted April 26, 2018, by paul musselman (thebluespaul [at] juno [dot] com)

hello...from a book about the C&NW in Elgin, this bridge was built to also access ice blocks from the fox River back in the day...(early 1900's)..... paul

Posted April 26, 2018, by Luke

That structure is adjacent to this one:

Posted April 26, 2018, by paul musselman (thebluespaul [at] juno [dot] com)

Hello.......correct me here...on Google this location is labeled as the Elgin & Belvidere Interurban bridge that crossed the CNW.....and myself, I thought the same thing before the google info....actually never heard of the DM&E....


Posted April 23, 2018, by Luke

I split those off into their own entry and requested those imaged be deleted a while ago...

Posted April 23, 2018, by Tim Hickernell (thickernell [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't think picture #2 is of this bridge. I believe it is Farm Creek Bridge here:

Posted April 15, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Iím thinking it might be a modern decorative bridge.

Posted April 15, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Any opinions on the materials on this one? The ashlar appears to be cast rather than cut.

Posted April 15, 2018, by David Huffman

You are welcome!

Posted April 15, 2018, by Luke

Nice to see closer photos of this one.

Thanks David!

Posted April 8, 2018, by Jim bailey (jimmysr71bailey [at] yahoo [dot] com)

as a kid, this bridge was a big shortcut between where I lived and westville. It had blocked run off areas where if you were on the tracks and a train was coming you could run to the nearest one and be "safe" from getting cut up by the train. As I remember there was not a lot of extra room on the bridge when one came across. I had driven my dirt bike across the bridge many time and every time had to dry my hands on the other side.

Posted April 6, 2018, by Kelly McClanahan (KMCCLA [at] aol [dot] com)

According to sources the new bridge is to be cut in on April 7-8, 2018. The BNSF line is to be shut down at 6 AM and is going to reopen sometime Sunday.

Posted April 6, 2018, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

for future reference, the 5 truss spans pre-date the approaches and abutments. there were originally timber trestle approaches on each side of the trusses over the river. I believe those date to 1911 or 1912. Nearly a decade later, the steel spans and concrete piers and abutments were added. It is a very spectacular bridge and very grand in scale. The second track was never added, but the bridge was built big enough to handle 2 trains.

Posted March 25, 2018, by Luke

More than likely as a crossing guard. Prior to modern crossing signals they had crossing guards to lower manual barricades in addition to the standard crossbuck.

Posted March 25, 2018, by Bill (billrey [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My 2x Great Grandfather worked for the railroad as a guard at this bridge back in the 1890 up to death in 1909.

Would you know the reason a guard was need?

Posted March 24, 2018, by Wayne DeMunn (waynemegaman [at] gmail [dot] com)

The railroad bridge mentioned here is still in place over the river, although it has been slightly modified. It is a wooden trestle bridge and some of the supports have been removed possibly to allow less restricted water flow for the river below. The bridge was probably built by the Illinois, Iowa & Minnesota Railway in 1904 or 05. This railroad was later reorganized into the Chicago, Milwaukee & Gary which eventually fell into the hands of the Milwaukee Road. The bridge is still used today as part of the DeKalb Nature Trail which runs over the former railway path between N First St to Sycamore Rd (IL Rt23).

I haven't taken any photos of the bridge myself so I cant post any but, I can share a link to Martin O'Connor's photo of the bridge in our facebook group for the Gary Line Railroad

Posted March 24, 2018, by Jon A Bogert (bogert300 [at] mediacombb [dot] net)

The bridge-along with all of the 37 miles of trackage, were removed during the summer of 1980 by the Smith Tie Co of St Louis. They claimed the bridge weighed 205 tons and they also salvaged 4,000 tons of steel rail, as well as about 81,000 crossties. Source: Pontiac Daily Leader 5/31/80

Posted March 24, 2018, by Jon A Bogert (bogert300 [at] mediacombb [dot] net)

This photo was taken the same date, is facing North, showing the Builders Plate perched atop the leading span.

Posted March 24, 2018, by Jon A Bogert (bogert300 [at] mediacombb [dot] net)

I have photos of this bridge, taken November 4, 1978, both from the North and the South. The "builder's plate" on the bridge crest says "Built 1879/Rust & Coolidge Chicago.

Posted March 12, 2018, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Highlights of the demolition of the Savanna-Sabula Bridge here: This beauty will be missed dearly..... 😥

Posted March 9, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1950 topo shows an unimproved dead end road crossing here, leading to an outbuilding.

Posted March 8, 2018, by Roamin Rich (Rich [at] Hookedonroute66 [dot] com)

This is not abandoned Route 66. This was an old gravel road that led north south; connecting to old route 66. It was abandoned when the later alignment of Route 66 came about.

Let me know if you need further information on this.

Posted March 8, 2018, by Malcolm Dymott (mpd109uk [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk)

From the Progressive Railrioading website 8 March 2018 (and local news websites on previous two days);

". . . .U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) has announced a $10 million TIGER grant to rebuild approaches to the Maunie Railroad Bridge in Posey County, Indiana. Built in 1926, the bridge's timber approaches on both the Indiana and Illinois sides are in "dire need of replacement," according to a press release issued by Donnelly's office. "

Link to fuller descrption:

Posted February 28, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to various online sources, this bridge will likely be converted to trail use

Posted February 27, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The eyebars look big enough for a railroad bridge.

Posted February 27, 2018, by Luke

It was probably built here 1924, after being retired from railroad service.

This was not an uncommon practice with railroads. For example the Chicago & Northwestern's Pre-1898 Squaw Creek Bridge ( )in Ames was reused on two local crossings:

Posted February 27, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a very interesting little bridge and I suspect that it was built much earlier than 1924. I would guess that it was built circa 1900, but perhaps anytime between roughly 1890 and roughly 1910.

I suspect that it was probably moved here in 1924. Bridges that were built in the 1920s would be more likely to be riveted instead of pin connected.

Posted February 27, 2018, by Tom Robbins (tmrobbins [at] comcast [dot] net)

I found this bridge closed to vehicle traffic on 2/26/2018. Barricades appeared to be fairly new and clean. Am trying to determine if the bridge will be repaired or demolished. Big Cut Road sees little usage, so suspect the latter.

Posted February 26, 2018, by Lisa

I traveled from Huntsville Alabama to Missouri a couple of years ago and remember being scared to death of TWO bridges. its almost a blur because I'm terrified of heights and bridges...but I remember nailing myself to my seat, gripping the steering wheel and forcing myself to cross a bridge....whew! I got across the bridge was just starting to compose myself again and.....crap, took a turn and there was ANOTHER terrifying bridge. Both bridges were very close and....does anyone know if there's another bridge real close to this one?

Posted February 26, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I suspect this truss is older than 1918. While researching at the C&NWHS, I found that the deck girders and slabs were built in 1918, but no indication of the truss. Even further, the truss likely outdates the construction date of the rail line (1913)

Posted February 25, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

interesting railing

Posted February 25, 2018, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Didn't get there in time. Second newer plate had already been torched off.

Red Bridge (Illinois)
Posted February 23, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was possibly a relocated and rebuilt railroad bridge. Iíve been actively seeking records to confirm this.

Posted February 23, 2018, by Joe (joe [at] jrowan [dot] net)

Really nice restoration and re-purpose of this bridge. It is perfect for the path and is completely functional for path users. I used to walk the prairie path all the time to avoid walking down streets and this bridge was the last part when coming into Wheaton. Had it not been there, it would have meant inconvenient detours.

Red Bridge (Illinois)
Posted February 23, 2018, by Joe (joe [at] jrowan [dot] net)

I lived in that area in the early 2000s.

The Red Bridge and the approaches were really nasty. There were these crazy inclines up to the actual bridge. The bridge itself had a rickety look and feel to it and was quite narrow. When exiting the bridge on the north side, the road took a nearly 90 degree turn on a slope. The southern side had a 'T' intersection with blind approaches.

I love old structures and all that, but this bridge was so far past its prime it was ridiculous. It's a shame they could not salvage any of it, but by the time it was replaced, it was in such bad shape that I doubt much could have been done with it.

Posted February 20, 2018, by David S. (dscharen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The old Millbrook Bridge may not be long for this world. By the end of February 2018, the Kendall County Board will have met to determine the fate of the bridge. It had been a favorite for fisherman and wedding photographers for many years, but it was deemed unsafe circa 2014 or 2015 and subsequently closed. Engineering studies published in early February concluded the cost to repair the bridge would be in excess of $1,000,000, while the cost to demolish it would be $250,000.

If someone started a GoFundMe for the bridge, and everyone just in Kendall County (to say nothing of surrounding communities in other counties) donated $5, this bridge could be repaired and preserved for perpetuity.

Posted February 20, 2018, by David S. (dscharen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is the BNSF Little Rock Creek Bridge and the Route 34 Little Rock Creek bridge together in the same shot.

Posted February 20, 2018, by Luke

Multiple articles and a trade journal confirm the bridge was the western span of the US51 Kaskaskia River Bridge at Vandalia. According to the trade journal "The Builder", the spans were delivered to Libertyville in 5 truckloads and saved the city $40,000+ (Adjusted for inflation, that would be appx $328,698.67+ now.)

It also appears that there's an extant builder plate on the bridge.

Posted February 20, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice letter to the editor in today's Chicago Tribune from a local resident who's sorry to see it go.

Photos of the bridge in the print edition of the paper.

Posted February 20, 2018, by David S. (dscharen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is a long-exposure shot of the BNSF Rock River Bridge from November 2015.

Posted February 20, 2018, by David S. (dscharen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is a shot of Media Trestle in June 2017. At this time, the replacement pillars were just about complete. As of February 2018, it is said the replacement bridge is largely complete, but the railroad is just waiting for better weather (and lower rail traffic) for the cutover. Late March 2018 is considered the target time.

Posted February 20, 2018, by David S. (dscharen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is a link to 17 images of the old Oak Street Bridge in its last few days prior to removal, with some from it's final night. By this time, the road was closed to traffic, the pedestrian walkway had been removed, and brush along the tracks had been removed for construction equipment. Rail traffic was stopped and the the bridge finally removed in the wee morning hours of August 25, 2015. In the removal process, it was being reported that the bridge deck itself was from an obsolete railroad turntable that was too small for the larger steam locomotives. The table would have then been split down the middle and widened to accommodate the roadbed. Since the railroad was owned by the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy at the time the bridge was constructed, it is very likely it came from a CB&Q roundhouse. Given how frugal railroads always tended to be, this theory is highly plausible. I did not see any more evidence to confirm this, however, as all talk of the old bridge pretty much ceased once it was removed.

Utica Bridge (Illinois)
Posted February 20, 2018, by David S. (dscharen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

As of Fall 2017, work has begun to replace this bridge. The new bridge looks like it will be built between the ROW for the original Utica Bridge and the current Utica Bridge. The current bridge is just not wide enough to handle the current traffic flow to and from Starved Rock, especially in the summer months. It is unclear at this time if this bridge will be replaced in its entirety, or if it will be joined by a second bridge to handle the increased traffic. My guess would be the former, given how previous Illinois River truss bridges have been replaced with concrete bridges in Morris, Seneca, and Ottawa.

Posted February 20, 2018, by David S. (dscharen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is a shot of the IR Fox River Bridge taken on November 30, 2017, with the Norfolk Southern 8114, the "Original Norfolk Southern" heritage unit, bringing up the markers on a loaded eastbound sand train.

Posted February 20, 2018, by David S (dscharen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is a shot of the with a Wedron-bound empty sand train being lead by Norfolk Southern 1070, the Wabash heritage unit.

Posted February 6, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Ricardo: Did you approach this bridge from the north or the south? Which is the best way to visit this bridge and not anger local landowners?

Posted February 6, 2018, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)


The bridge over Lick Creek on Wagon Ford Road, near Chatham, will be 120 years old on this date. According to the Highway Commissionerís Record 1884-1891, the bridge was built by P.E. Cane of Chicago for a bid totally $993.00. The bridge is 65í long, with a 14í driveway. The bridge has been determined eligible for National Register of Historic Places by IDOT and IHPA. The bridge was completed and accepted by Curran Township on August 28, 1884. Come and help celebrate its birthday! For directions call 483-2376


Sangamon County Historical Society

Posted February 6, 2018, by Ricardo

2018, Bridge is still out. Damaged, road closed. Bridge road boards are buckling, audibly creeking under foot. Wide, visible gaps between bridge road boards to creek below.

Posted February 5, 2018, by Nathan Holth

Overlooked because it was not listed as a truss on NBI. Now its almost too late to see it. Mitigation that involves placing trusses on a replacement bridge as decoration SHOULD ALWAYS INCLUDE A PRESERVATION COMMITMENT. Clearly that was missing here.

Posted February 1, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


While I agree with you I assume it may be doomed anyway, since the same could be said for all the truss bridges on the Illinois River... most of them were both beautiful and in good condition yet they are being demolished and replaced at a high rate.

Posted February 1, 2018, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

This Bridge Over the Des Plaines River is not Doomed Because I Believe this Cool Bridge is still in Good Condition, So How Can this Bridge Be Doomed?

Posted February 1, 2018, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Possibly doomed, as being a chokepoint on a badly overburdened stretch of I-80. The website below outlines preliminary plans to widen the road, which almost certainly will involve replacing this bridge. Also, it has suffered a bit from 50 years of pounding by an endless stream of big trucks.

Posted January 25, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Do you happen to have a photo of the arch over the old roadway? I find abandoned stone arches like that fascinating!

Posted January 25, 2018, by Ross Brown (bluehavanaross [at] gmail [dot] com)

The stone arch over the roadway is still there. On the satellite imagery, you can see it to the left of the current roadway. The road was realigned and cut through the railroad right of way in the mid-90s.

Posted January 9, 2018, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

FINALLY! getting around to posting some pics from 2.5 years ago following the massive storm that hit West Central Illinois. I showed up at work that day and was told to go home w/ power pretty minimal in Quincy, IL. So, I decided I'd go bridge hunting and headed towards western Adams County and Brown County. Very productive hunt July 14th, 2017.

Posted January 6, 2018, by Kenny Fairhurst (dwf0403 [at] gmail [dot] com)

To clarify some rumors forming in here...

The bridges do NOT share a counterweight. If that was the case, then both bridges would be operational instead of the CN bridge being the only one operable.

Posted January 3, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Doing a second look, I definitely agree that itís likely around 1900-1910 instead of 1877. The report where the 1877 date came from likely referred to the previous bridge, which I assume was a lattice deck truss.

The CNW built a number of early riveted connection bridges. These include the nearby 1879 bridge in Carpentersville, as well as a number of early 1880s pony trusses.

Posted January 2, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The oldest rivet-connected truss spans are the 1883 Rock Village Bridge in MA and the 1880 approach spans of the Redstone Railroad Bridge in MN.

That said, if the 1911 date for this similar bridge is correct, it seems like that would be more likely for this one too.

Posted January 2, 2018, by Matt Lohry

The connections are all riveted, which is making me question that date...I could be wrong, but it seems to me that rigid connections did not come into use until after the turn of the 20th century.

Posted January 2, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Without maintenance and barring a flood or similar disaster, the bridge should last at least 100 years. However, a unique bridge like this should be preserved.

On a side note, I looked into the true build date of this bridge. While researching at the Chicago & North Western Historical Society archives, I was not able to confirm the 1877 date; but I also did not find information to reject it either.

Posted January 1, 2018, by Jerry Lynn (lynns42 [at] msn [dot] com)

The railroad does not use this bridge. The rails have been removed from both ends of the bridge. I don't long it will last with no maintenance.