Rating:
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Big Creek Park Footbridge

Photos 

Side view

Just a little way west of the automobile road is this little bridge for foot traffic.

Photo taken by Fmiser in July 2012

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

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BH Photo #235300

Map 

Description 

Built from 2x4s, 2x6s, a small pedestrian timber pony truss

Facts 

Overview
Half-hip Pratt pony truss bridge over Unnamed ditch on Foot traffic
Location
Canton, Fulton County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Design
Half-hip Pratt pony truss built from dimensioned lumber
Dimensions
Span length: 12.0 ft.
Total length: 12.0 ft.
Deck width: 3.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.56846, -90.04251   (decimal degrees)
40°34'06" N, 90°02'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/750361/4495058 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Canton
Elevation
575 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 52940 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 17, 2016: Updated by Fmiser: Changed status to "destroyed"
  • July 16, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Improved name

Sources 

  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Big Creek Park Footbridge
Posted March 26, 2017, by Anonymous

VIVANT ET MAGNUM PARCEM STATIONE PONTIS

Big Creek Park Footbridge
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"?

Big Creek Park Footbridge
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..

Big Creek Park Footbridge
Posted November 19, 2016, by Anonymous

Be careful not to cut yourself on that edge, boy.

Big Creek Park Footbridge
Posted November 19, 2016, by Tom Boggs (Boggsmack67 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hopefully it was put to good use, in a bonfire.

Big Creek Park Footbridge
Posted November 19, 2016, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm convinced this one was a truss. The joints, position of the members, and the rigidity of the structure are what convinced me that the sides are truss webs and not just a railing.

Dana and Kay Klein - put 'em up. Especially if it's not a plain stringer or some sort of Mail Order Bridge (MOB). I figure if I find it fascinating others will too. I have been given grief for some of my choices, though *smiles*

Big Creek Park Footbridge
Posted November 19, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Love Pontist Purists! They SAVE bridges. They also promote dialogue, those of of us with limited Pontist training benefit greatly from said dialogue. This pick up truck load of lumber has created Bridge Dialogue so I guess that is good.

Big Creek Park Footbridge
Posted November 19, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There is a bit of Pontist Puritanism on here, but don't let that concern you. It was a reaction to the massive numbers of MOBs that were being added at one time. Now that MOBs are not being added, the Puritanism is not nearly as strong as it was.

Big Creek Park Footbridge
Posted November 19, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Not an engineer, but if each member acts as in a pin connected design this thing would carry quit a load. If only capacity of bottom chord not so much....Interesting how we see things differently after visiting a bridge or two. Have seen some creative designs at clubs and Golf courses in my travels but dare not the wrath of purists to actually put on here.

Big Creek Park Footbridge
Posted November 18, 2016, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Looks like a beam bridge not a truss

Big Creek Park Footbridge
Posted November 18, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Check list:

MOB? No

Significant amount of engineering? Quantify SIGNIFICANT? Maybe not

UCEB, No

Notable? Got a lot of looks and comments

Historic? Its Gone! Glad someone photographed it.............

Big Creek Park Footbridge
Posted November 17, 2016, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Currently a new wide sidewalk is being installed all along the road. The grading for it appears to have required the removal of this little bridge.

While not historic, it sure was unusual. Lost in the quest for progress, I guess.

Big Creek Park foot bridge
Posted November 14, 2012, by ar (mistressdelain [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I like it.

Big Creek Park foot bridge
Posted July 17, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

You are right about it not being historic. But then neither is the new I-70 bridge in St. Louis.

However, the banner at the top of the webpage states "historic and notable bridges". So we agree it isn't historic - so now we just have to argue about it being "notable". *smiles*

I found it fascinating that to cross the ditch someone chose a truss, not a stringer or culvert. And not a prefabricated truss, but a simple design that's simple to construct out of common materials. Sure, it's not as exciting as the Babylon Bend bridge, but since it caught _my_ interest I figured it might interest others too.

Big Creek Park foot bridge
Posted July 16, 2012, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Is this really necessary? It's scrap-lumber across a ditch. Nothing remotely historic here.