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Sugar Island Bridge (Old)


From Illinois Highways, Volumes 2-4

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923

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BH Photo #340657


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Iroquois River on Road
Kankakee County, Illinois
Built 1902; Damaged by a Tornado in 1916 and likely replaced shortly thereafter
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Pratt through truss
Total length: 375.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.00926, -87.82425   (decimal degrees)
41°00'33" N, 87°49'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/430688/4540112 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 69820 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 27, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Added category "Othmar H. Ammann Nominee"
  • October 27, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added build date
  • October 27, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Likely Builder.

Related Bridges 


Sugar Island Bridge (Old)
Posted October 27, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

To follow up on my comments, you can see a source historical article here: http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=il...

Sugar Island Bridge (Old)
Posted October 27, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Jason, it isn't a mystery, its just an interesting and apparently little-known history. J. C. Darst in 1881 formed a "copartnership" with A. J. Sprague operating as the Massillon Bridge Works (previously started by Joseph Davenport). In 1883 Darst moved to Chicago, and operated the western business for the firm. In 1900 when Massillon Bridge was reorganized and became the Toledo Massillon Bridge Company, Darst left the formal association and formed a contracting firm of Darst and Hughes of Chicago. A 1904 plaque in Iroquois County shows that Darst and Hughes still operated at that date as agents for Massillon Bridge Company: http://bridgehunter.com/il/iroquois/38413709090/

Darst and Hughes was later reincorporated as the Continental Bridge Company (perhaps ca. 1905) with Darst acting as treasurer until his death in 1907.

So long story short, J. C. Darst was an influential figure in both Continental Bridge and Massillon Bridge, with Continental Bridge Company basically being the independent successor to the Massillon Bridge Company. I am not sure if they continued buying bridges from Massillon or if they fabricated their own, simply copying Massillon designs and plaques. As for the Massillon designation for THIS bridge, I make the assumption that the provided 1902 construction date is accurate. Assuming it is, this bridge should be a Massillon product.

Sugar Island Bridge (Old)
Posted October 27, 2015, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Is it a Massillon? Doubtful for it could also be a Continental Bridge Company product. Read this mystery article to see why and decide which bridge builder put this structure together: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2015/10/27/mystery-bri...