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Equality Bridge



It appears this has been the site of multiple bridges. On Dec. 23, 1824, the Illinois legislature authorized James A. Richardson to build a toll bridge over the Saline River at Equality. This franchise was later acquired by Alexander Kirkpatrick, who was authorized by the legislature on Jan. 22, 1831, to build a new toll bridge "at or near the site of the present one." This new bridge was to be "built upon strong stone piers and butments, laid in lime and mortar."

A new law passed Jan. 14, 1835, allowed Alexander Kirkpatrick and William Hicks to continue operating the toll bridge. However, this bridge must have later failed, because on Feb. 11, 1847, the legislature authorized Mary Ann Hicks and heirs to "rebuild" the toll bridge.

The Equality quadrangle of 1916 continued to show a bridge here. By the 1959 map edition, a new bridge had been constructed to the west, but the old road was still shown.


Lost bridge over Saline River on Salt Well Road
Gallatin County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.73135, -88.34098   (decimal degrees)
37°43'53" N, 88°20'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/381834/4176855 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 67788 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Gallatin County, Illinois (19)
Illinois (4,686)
Lost (24,963)
Replaced by new bridge (16,760)

Update Log 

  • May 25, 2015: Added by James Baughn