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RI - I&M Canal Swing Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Steve Conro in October 2011

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BH Photo #218349

Map 

Description 

This bridge was built by the Manufactures Bridge Company in 1887. A local concern that charged $1.00 per rail car to cross the bridge. (from info sign at site)

Facts 

Overview
Pony Plate Girder Swing bridge over I&M Canal on abandoned railroad in Marseilles
Location
Marseilles, LaSalle County, Illinois
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Swing Bridge built in 1887 to move rail cars across I&M Canal
Builder
- Manufactures Bridge Co.
Railroad
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
Design
Pony Plate Girder swing bridge was operated by hand with a crank gear system in the center
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 130.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.32853, -88.71184   (decimal degrees)
41°19'43" N, 88°42'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/356745/4576641 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Marseilles
Inventory number
BH 49890 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 13, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 26, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • October 24, 2011: Added by Steve Conro

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Comments 

I & M Canal Swing Bridge
Posted November 10, 2011, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

There was a renewed effort 4 years ago to get this bridge back into an operating condition. Not sure where that idea went, but probably died for lack of money. Here are a collection of stories (beginning in 2004) on the bridge and the project:

http://mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=161543

http://mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=164542

http://mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=300439

There was also an opinion piece (id=162478), but I'm limited to 3 URL postings per comment.

I & M Canal Swing Bridge
Posted October 24, 2011, by Gary Sprandel (jaidite [at] aol [dot] com)

That's the old spur off the Rock Island that served the National Biscuit plant just south of your location there.

There is also a pony truss bridge over the north mill race and two flat deck bridges that served both rail and truck over the south mill race on the south side of the building.

There were several industries served by rail between that location and the river.