2 votes

Wolfe Bridge 13-48-01 #2


Photo taken by Sean Flynn in November 2007


BH Photo #131322



Howe through truss bridge over Spoon river on county road 17
Knox County, Illinois
rebuilt in 1999
Built 1848; Cover added 1874; Destroyed by fire in 1994; rebuilt in 1999.
Howe through truss
Bedstead pony truss approaches (lost)
Length of largest span: 104.0 ft.
Total length: 233.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.85633, -90.10983   (decimal degrees)
40°51'23" N, 90°06'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/743609/4526829 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Yates City
Inventory numbers
IL 048-0046 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 37248 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 8, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 9, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
  • October 9, 2011: New photo from Steve Conro
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Merged NBI data
  • February 11, 2009: New photo from David Backlin
  • January 6, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Overview, Length, Width and GPS
  • January 5, 2009: New photos from Sean Flynn
  • August 19, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey



Wolfe Bridge
Posted September 9, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was surprised. This was rebuilt like an old timber covered bridge. Not a new bridge with siding and a roof like other "new" covered bridges.

Wolfe Bridge
Posted October 10, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not even sure that the covered bridge has any historic components remaining... If I remember correctly the fire pretty well demolished it.

Wolfe Bridge
Posted October 10, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

How typical. They preserved the covered bridge, but did they preserve the extremely rare bedstead truss spans? No.