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Babylon Bend Bridge

Photos 

Oblique overview

View facing southeast, from the yard of the adjacent landowner. I would advise NOT entering the yard unless the landowner has secured the dogs.

Photo taken by Fmiser

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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BH Photo #286258

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Spoon River on Babylon Road (TR 123)
Location
Fulton County, Illinois
Status
Closed to all traffic since about 2007
History
Built 1890. One of the nine bridges submitted to NRHP in "Metal Highway Bridges of Fulton County Thematic Resources", 1980-10-29
Builder
- Kellogg Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York
Design
Pin-connected Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 204.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 29, 1980
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.59035, -90.34787   (decimal degrees)
40°35'25" N, 90°20'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/724436/4496665 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Blyton
Land survey
T. 7 N., R. 1 E., Sec. 13
Inventory numbers
IL 029-3078 (Illinois bridge number)
NRHP 80001355 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 15244 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2007)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 25.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
10

Update Log 

  • June 23, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: corrected map pin location
  • February 28, 2014: New photos from Elliott Johnson
  • July 13, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Added titles and captions to photos.
  • July 10, 2012: New photos from Fmiser
  • July 8, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: added to history
  • July 2, 2012: New photo from Fmiser
  • October 18, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added builder
  • December 6, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • July 8, 2008: New photos from Kim Harvey

Sources 

  • Kim Harvey
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Elliott Johnson - elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Babylon Bend Bridge
Posted June 23, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

According to the National Register Nomination Form the 1890 date for this bridge was a "circa" date. So the 1899 date could absolutely be correct. See attached.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 484,860 bytes)

Babylon Bend Bridge
Posted June 23, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I talked to a local resident. He says the bridge was built in 1899. How trustworthy is the "official" 1890 date?

He also said the approx. 3 feet of concrete on the top of the stone abutments was added about 1950 to raise the bridge.

And, during the flooding in 2014, he was on the bridge with a chainsaw to clear driftwood from the superstructure. I suspect it was that sort of driftwood that toppled the Tartar Ferry Road bridge...

Babylon Bend Bridge
Posted July 2, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yup. The HAER photos are of the Indian Ford bridge. I just visited the site. I uploaded one photos so there would be something to see after James removes the incorrect photos. I have a bunch more I hope to upload soon.

Babylon Bend Bridge
Posted December 9, 2009, by Dana Parson (d [dot] parson66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The picture shown is not the Babylon bridge,we live next to it. To see a picture go to our web site at www.bridgeviewolives.com