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C&NW - Fox River Bridge (Old)

Photo 

Library of Congress

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BH Photo #435519

Map 

Description 

Contained two sets of parallel trusses, for 8 spans total:
2-125' Lattice Deck Trusses 2-119' Lattice Deck Trusses

Facts 

Overview
Lost Lattice deck truss bridge over Fox River on Chicago & North Western Railway
Location
Geneva, Kane County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1883, Replaced 1920
Railroad
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
Design
Lattice deck truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 490.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.88162, -88.30419   (decimal degrees)
41°52'54" N, 88°18'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/391788/4637454 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 83009 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 1, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • October 1, 2018: Added by John Marvig

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Comments 

C&NW - Fox River Bridge (Old)
Posted April 22, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I would like to find more on this one, but the date seems pretty much set. I believe parallel trusses were used as a double track lattice deck truss was likely not feasible back then, so I doubt one set is older than the other. I would guess Alden & Lassig probably did the fabrication of these trusses.

On a side note, a second bridge in Sangamon County was found to reuse Spans A and D of this bridge. One of the Sangamon County spans was double trussed, but not the other two, possibly to assure the material from the four total truss spans was reused.

C&NW - Fox River Bridge (Old)
Posted April 20, 2021, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

Through some research, it appears that Chicago & Northwestern was resourceful and re-used one of the lattice truss spans in this bridge over Spring Creek in Sangamon County, Illinois. https://bridgehunter.com/il/sangamon/bh45592/