I split those off into their own entry and requested those imaged be deleted a while ago...
I don't think picture #2 is of this bridge. I believe it is Farm Creek Bridge here: https://bridgehunter.com/il/tazewell/bh68529/.
Iím thinking it might be a modern decorative bridge.
Any opinions on the materials on this one? The ashlar appears to be cast rather than cut.
You are welcome!
Nice to see closer photos of this one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152536508214624&se...
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
This photo was taken the same date, is facing North, showing the Builders Plate perched atop the leading span.
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.
Highlights of the demolition of the Savanna-Sabula Bridge here: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2018/03/12/savanna-sab... This beauty will be missed dearly..... 😥
The 1950 topo shows an unimproved dead end road crossing here, leading to an outbuilding.
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.
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:
According to various online sources, this bridge will likely be converted to trail use
The eyebars look big enough for a railroad bridge.
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 ( https://bridgehunter.com/ia/story/cnw-squaw-creek )in Ames was reused on two local crossings:
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.
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.
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?
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)
Didn't get there in time. Second newer plate had already been torched off.
This bridge was possibly a relocated and rebuilt railroad bridge. Iíve been actively seeking records to confirm this.
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.
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.
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.
Here is the BNSF Little Rock Creek Bridge and the Route 34 Little Rock Creek bridge together in the same shot.
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.
Nice letter to the editor in today's Chicago Tribune from a local resident who's sorry to see it go. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-libert...
Photos of the bridge in the print edition of the paper.
Here is a long-exposure shot of the BNSF Rock River Bridge from November 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a shot of the with a Wedron-bound empty sand train being lead by Norfolk Southern 1070, the Wabash heritage unit.
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?
BRIDGE BIRTHDAY PARTY, AUGUST 28, 2004
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
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Do you happen to have a photo of the arch over the old roadway? I find abandoned stone arches like that fascinating!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The golf course has been closed and not maintained for the last four to five years. Don't know if the bridge is still there.
This structure was replaced by DeKalb county. Construction began in the fall of 2013 and was completed in the spring of 2015.
Kudos to Gary Ward, President, Lockport Area Genealogical and historical Society for solving the mystery. The bridge was built in 1907, and was the entrance to the Illinois Steel Co. coke ovens, which supplied the coke to the Joliet Iron and Steel Works.A postcard photo can be seen by Googling Illinois Steel co., Coke Ovens, Joliet IL. An aerial view of the Steel plant ruins, oven ruins and the bridge can be seen on Google Earth at Joliet Steel Historical site.
This is the former Soo Line mainline from Minneapolis to Chicago via Wisconsin. I believe it was laid down in 1886/7.
When do you think that railroad line was laid down? Not the bridge but the line itself. I looked at an 1891 map and it's already there. Also, another question, did trains occ. stop at these places especially on super hot days to allow people to cool off a bit? I always wondered if these places sometimes became a short stop swimming hole.
The bridge is approximately 1/4 mile long, with 2 angle changes,and crosses over 6 properties, according to Will county tax maps.
This is a really peculiar bridge. Does anybody have info on it?
Looks like a late 1880s or early 1890s truss to me..
My parents had permission to go on the property and this was a surprise for them. This is on private property so please ask for permission to go to it.
How did you access this beautiful bridge? I know in that stretch from Pearl to Louisiana that there are more like it as well.
Replacement in place, scheduled to open in December. Man, that is one very ugly MOB! No historic value!!! http://qctimes.com/lifestyles/recreation/long-awaited-bridge...
Do you have any news about the Rock Bridge? When I last visited it looked like it had crumbled some more.
We're not a government website. Tell someone who can actually do something instead of us.
This site needs to be cleaned up. The rocks are a mess and the sidewalk is horrible. Clean all up, we need to try and make under-the-hill a place to enjoy.
Nice find, Erica! IIRC that plaque was used by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton.
Some info from the April 2009 Will County Historic Preservation Structural Survey...
Prior to the construction of the Joliet Arsenal in the early 1940s, this bridge apparently served as a road bridge for Blodget Road over the Grant Creek Cutoff. The road formerly followed a somewhat indirect path in this area, and the cutoff formed a north-south connection between the Des Plaines River in section 32 of Channahon Township and Kankakee River in section 5 of Wilmington Township. With the changes to the topography of this area as part of the development of the arsenal that impounded the Grant Creek Cutoff, the bridge was apparently relocated. It now has contemporary concrete abutments, and serves to carry an access road in the Des Plaines Conservation Area across the main channel of Grant Creek.
This bridge is no longer wooden. It was replaced with a concrete one about 20 years ago.
If anything, it's probably a bridge built by the BSA.
FWIW the address I found for the resort puts it on the opposite side of the reserve (9821 207th St W, Illinois City)
Do you think the bridge I see in the Boy Scout Camp is just a MOB bridge? There is a bridge of some sort there.
Nathan, the spot you have is the Boy Scout camp.
Visited here during the 2017 Pike County Color Drive. Good, solid bridge, recent deck as noted by deck securing clips & use of #6 Torx deck screws on runners. I wonder on the 1961 build date by style of bridge, although the concrete wingwalls are likely 1960's. Perhaps bridge was moved here or rebuilt. Plenty of photo ops at this location, was fortunate to be here for fall colors. My son, Ken Ballard, has posted a video @ YouTube of his walkover. Good gravel road, not too far off beaten path to check this bridge out.
More likely a Tee beam not stringer.
Visited here & photographed w/ my son Ken Ballard, Oct 22, 2017. Normally, I'm not too interested in this type of bridge, but the plaques really add a sense of history for the 'state of the art' early 1900's transportation infrastructure, bridges and routing of roads. The only thing missing here was an old style roadside park.
I also like to help do my part on filling in the blanks on this great website. I wasn't really expecting even one bridge, instead I find 3 + an old culvert.
These back roads are now bypassed but are still beautiful side trips, especially in the fall colors. Amazingly, this road is in very good condition.
George, I think I have the right location for your relocation via historicaerials. On the right track or??
There are actually four 1922 vintage concrete T Beams on this former US36 (original highway) just west of Detroit, IL. I took pics of the first three, from west to east. I blew past the fourth (no pics) as it was more of a pair of concrete guard rails on either side of the roadway atop a culvert than that of being a bridge. I will add pics and entries of each as I get a chance this week.
Visited here Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 during annual Pike County Color Drive. Bridge is in poor condition.
That really is a tragic story, after you went to such effort to save an extremely rare and important historic bridge! Did the collapse you describe happen recently? Also, I was trying to guess where the bridge and former campground was located, is this the area? https://goo.gl/maps/Apa53xQ1Cet 41.423267, -90.813707
We would be interested in any photos and videos of the bridge that you would be willing to share! We would be interested in photos of the bridge prior to the collapse, but I also would be curious to see what condition the bridge is in today.
The Watts Bridge is not lost at all!
With my family and a crew of a dozen curious helpers, I moved the bridge in one piece 30 miles from the site near
Keithsburg to my campground, THUNDERHEAD RESORT KAMP near Illinois City, Illinois in 1989. Unable to get proper clearance to travel on state highways, I had to take the bridge cross-country through Joy, Illinois to cross Route 17. It was pulled by a 2 cylinder John Deere tractor with a 3 axle trailer and the running gear of a wagon. I have a full video of the journey including the 3 blown tires from the heavy load. I installed it over a creek in our campground and over 7,000 guests rode over the bridge during September and October, 1995 on hayracks. Sadly, a fast, 6inch rain in a few hours floated a huge tree downstream and pushed the bridge off its foundation. I have not and may not try to recover it. I am 84 and we closed our campground in 1996. One of the bow trusses was destroyed in the flood and may not be repairable. gc
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.
Bridge abandoned when CTM shut down for lack of traffic - bridge damaged by fire and inoperable
CN has embargoed this bridge. No longer considered usable.
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
Out of passenger service 1951, scrapped 1964. Bridge over CNW in background still there today, holding railroad signals.
Doubtful, seeing as the bridge this entry for is in the raised position with no tracks going to the bridge.
I've been here several times - trains use it daily.
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.
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)
I was thrilled to be able to see this bridge in person today. Thanks again for your work.
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,
Closed for repairs until October 31, 2017. Traffic rerouted to 95th Street Bridge on a poorly-marked detour.
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.
Nice panoramic view.
In Julie's pics it looks like this has cruciform verticals.
It's nice to know this one is preserved.
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.