8 votes

La Harpe Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Steve Conro in September 2012


BH Photo #239194



Its obviously been restored but you can see the trusses are twisted as you approach the bridge. Flood waters must have been amazing. Bridge is quite high above the water.

On September 27, 2012, the bridge was destroyed when an overweight concrete truck tried to drive over it. The bridge collapsed due to the weight of the concrete truck.


Lost pony truss bridge over La Harpe Creek on E CR1950, 2.5 mi. west of Fountain Green
Hancock County, Illinois
Collapsed by an overweight truck.
Built 1901; Collapsed September 27, 2012
Pinned Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 64.0 ft.
Total length: 64.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.48028, -91.02056   (decimal degrees)
40°28'49" N, 91°01'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/667780/4482947 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Carthage East
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
IL 034-4218 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15273 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Sufficiency rating: 16.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Bridge is lost
  • September 11, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Change status and added photos
  • April 17, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • rob wagner - robwagner2002 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke


La Harpe Creek Bridge
Posted January 27, 2013, by sara (r [dot] trudo [at] comcast [dot] net)

Here's hoping some fat cat cement company exec wrote a ck to the township for a replacement bridge and road upgrade.

La Harpe Creek Bridge
Posted October 13, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You'd have to be an idiot to have even tried it. I crossed it 3 weeks before when I took photo's in an S10 pickup truck thought twice before doing it.

1901 - Truss-Thru Bridge
Posted October 12, 2012, by K. A. Erickson

Well there was a weight limit posted as pictured on the other entry here >.>


La Harpe Creek Bridge
Posted October 6, 2010, by Dale Travis (daletravis [at] bigfoot [dot] com)

Photos 9-13-10. Bridge is closed and so is the road approach from the east. The road from the N. isn't very good.