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Ottawa Bridge (Old)

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Illinois River Bridge @ Ottawa

Second Illinois River crossing @ Ottawa, built 1885-replaced 1910. It replaced a toll bridge (later free) built in 1854-55 that had settlement problems. In 1906 this second bridge was condemned--crossings were made by a ferry in summer and the RR bridge downstream in winter until the third bridge was opened in 1910. Both the 1885 and 1910 structures accommodated streetcars

Oglesby Library collection

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BH Photo #324381

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Description 

Replaced a toll bridge built in 1855 by the Illinois River Bridge Corporation. The city, some townships, and the county bought the toll bridge in in 1877. It was 920' long and had a 30' clearance above the river. The toll booth was located at the south end. It began to sink and was replaced by the 1885 bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Illinois River on La Salle Street
Location
Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1885; Replaced 1910
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.34197, -88.84238   (decimal degrees)
41°20'31" N, 88°50'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/345853/4578357 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ottawa
Inventory number
BH 67543 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (6,228)
Built 1885 (149)
Built during 1880s (1,650)
Illinois (3,865)
Illinois River (56)
LaSalle County, Illinois (84)
Lost (18,942)
Lost 1910 (27)
Lost during 1910s (335)
Ottawa, Illinois (11)
Pin-connected (3,304)
Pratt through truss (4,625)
Pratt truss (8,071)
Replaced by new bridge (12,567)
Through truss (12,950)
Truss (29,553)
Wooden deck (5,873)

Update Log 

  • December 16, 2016: Updated by GS: changed status to Demolished
  • May 13, 2015: Updated by Gene Smania: photos, information
  • May 12, 2015: New photos from Gene Smania
  • May 12, 2015: Added by Luke

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