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KJRY - Hamilton Slough Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Steve Conro in September 2012

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BH Photo #239025

Map 

Street View 

Description 

This bridge lies within the 1 mile (or so) long Wabash-owned trackage at Hamilton. The Wabash owned this small amount of track within Hamilton, from the point where TP&W track headed south to Warsaw, westward to the point just past this bridge, where the Keokuk-Hamilton Bridge Co. took over.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Hamilton Slough on Keokuk Junction Railway
Location
Hamilton, Hancock County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1890
Railroads
- Keokuk Junction Railway (KJRY)
- Peoria & Western Railway (PWRY)
- Toledo, Peoria, & Western Railroad (TPW)
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 155.4 ft.
Total length: 158.8 ft.
Deck width: 16.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 26.0 ft.
Also called
Wabash Railroad Bridge #118
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.38847, -91.36288   (decimal degrees)
40°23'18" N, 91°21'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/638951/4472161 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hamilton
Inventory number
BH 36763 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 24, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • April 29, 2016: New Street View added by Luke
  • November 13, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added line drawing of bridge and updated the bridge dimensions
  • November 10, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Updated Description and added known dimensions, per Wabash bridge book
  • November 28, 2013: New Street View added by Brent Tindall
  • September 15, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Changed name so bridges would all list together
  • September 11, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • September 11, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
  • September 8, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added link to image
  • August 22, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited infor, removed dead link
  • August 18, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added category "Keokuk Junction Railway"
  • June 28, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey

Sources 

Comments 

KJRY - Railroad Creek Bridge
Posted November 12, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You got me with that one Art... I have seen several old CBW ads, but not anything advertising RR spans. A possible theory could be that after D.H. Morrison's death (1882 I believe), the firm reorganized under the Columbia Bridge Company moniker. The company may have advertised rail structures in an attempt to bolster their business that would struggle and ultimately fail.

I hope that someday when my family life slows down a bit that I can spend much more time on research. In the mean time do keep up the good work!

KJRY - Railroad Creek Bridge
Posted November 12, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

CBW always advertized RR bridges along with road bridges, i assumed they got a few that are now unidentified. Maybe my assumption was incorrect.

The two bridges you posted are interesting, with very similar/same portal bracing. I found another in California. I guess my question is: is that bracing some company's signature design? If so, why did CBW use it on St. Clair St.? My step in logic was that it was CBW's standard RR bridge portal design, which would tie in St. Clair St.

The name on the 1882 span puts a hole in my theory unless they erected it and CBW fabricated. If not, how do you explain St. Clair St. Bridge's design? Was bridge building that much of a cottage industry back then? I know Phoenix sold columns to other builders, could you also order premade portal bracing?

I'll try to keep posting articles as time permits - finding them is a fun distraction from work. Unfortunately, there are many more negative ones than positive...

Regards,

Art S.

KJRY - Railroad Creek Bridge
Posted November 11, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hi Art,

CBW was not known to have fabricated RR spans. Not impossible that they could have... Just highly unlikely.

From some other rail bridges I have seen from that era I wonder if it might not have been built by Union Bridge out of Athens, PA Here is a similar span that I believe they also might have erected:

http://bridgehunter.com/in/bartholomew/clifty-creek/

Before becoming Union Bridge, the firm was known as Maurice & Kellogg. Here is a confirmed span of their construction from 1882:

http://bridgehunter.com/in/dearborn/tanners-creek/

I see many similarities in both of these to the KJRY span.

Keep posting all the news articles and info Art... I always enjoy reading them when I come home from work!

Tony

KJRY - Railroad Creek Bridge
Posted November 11, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
KJRY - Railroad Creek Bridge
Posted November 11, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

I yield to your greater expertise. However, why do you say it isn't CBW? To me the structural cues and portal bracing match the St. Clair St. Bridge (excluding the add-ons to the KJRY) and the period is correct.

Just trying to learn.

Regards,

Art S.

KJRY - Railroad Creek Bridge
Posted November 11, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not CBW... Just a RR span with some nice portal bracing

KJRY - Railroad Creek Bridge
Posted November 10, 2014, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Columbia Bridge Works?

The portal bracing is the same as St. Clair St. Bridge:

http://bridgehunter.com/oh/preble/6842364/

Any thoughts?

Regards,

Art S.