Crab Orchard Creek Bridge
Southern Illinoisan: February 17 1957
BH Photo #442250
We have our answer !
Mike, judging by the third picture, after the truck did it's damage to the bridge, I believe it was repaired and re-opened. When I was a child, I recall asking my late father about the bridge, as he used to take his rail-buggy through the creek when it would dry out, and I remember him saying something about the bridge being replaced sometime in the late 60's.
Yeah, that threw me off at first - trying to find that exact name on the map and in the NBI yielded nothing, so I had to follow the creek northward on the map.
I do still kind of wonder about the apparent 11-year difference between this bridge's floor collapse and the building of the current Dillinger Road bridge - is the latter a typo, where it should be listed as 1958 instead of 1968, or is 1968 correct?
Melissa, I noticed that as well, which is what made me so apprehensive to comment, but after searching, and searching, I just knew that this had to be the bridge. I've known about this bridge for as long as I can remember. The view used to be a lot less obstructed, but I would always make it a point to look for the bridge every time we passed. I've just recently gotten into local exploration, and it, and this website in particular, have been truly amazing. Curiosity definitely got the better of me with this bridge.
I Finally noticed the articles say "Crab Orchard Hill Road"
James Horn, I'd Love to see photos of it ! I live up in White County. I don't get out to field visit bridges as often as I'd like to.
Property ownership info for Jackson County, IL, is available at this website:
Thank yíall for the responses! The picture isnít the best, but hereís a view of the former bridge from the current bridge. As someone pointed out, Iím almost positive that this is on private property, but I used to live just up the way, so I plan on finding out exactly who owns the property to see if I can get any closer. If not, Iíll head out that way Tuesday with my zoom lens.
Thank you to Everyone!
I set the pin based on the 1936 map.
There was also an Illinois Central crossing to the north of the current bridge.
I think we have a winner. Looking at the Herrin quadrangle maps from 1910 and 1936, there was only one bridge across Crab Orchard Creek that could be described as 3.5 miles northeast of Carbondale, and it's the location next to modern-day Dillinger Road.
Mike, I appreciate your assistance. I wonder if there are remnants of This bridge or a later one ?
I gather this is where James is referring to: https://www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B046'18.6%22N+89%C2%...
Quite a bit of guesswork to stumble onto this point - starting with ILL-13 over the creek (closest obvious point given the location info), follow the creek north, it turns into the Big Muddy River on the map, and eventually that hits Dillinger. More guesswork reveals that Dillinger Road is CH 11, which has only one NBI listing. Build year for that is 1968 - eleven years after this?
Not sure that would add up to whatever shows there on satellite being ruins of THIS bridge, but whatever is there may be worth investigating. One caveat to that though: Looks like there are someones who live right there.
James, I'm not sure. I was unfamiliar with the area and unable to map it.
As your coming down Dillinger Road, from Reed Station Road, youíll go down the hill and hit the bridge; now to your left, there is an older bridge, maybe 45-50 yards back, is this that same bridge?