Peru Slough Bridge (Original)
1869 builder's image?
Boyington & Rust Bridge Builders
Office, 157 LaSalle Street, Chicago
Wrought Iron Arch Bridge, at Peru
(Over Bayou of Illinois River.) 225 feet total length.
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BH Photo #481374
Peru Slough Bridge newspaper article
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Ottawa Times newspaper--Looking Back column
First Peru Slough bridge (1870)
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Info on first Peru Slough bridge included with info on repairs to Illinois River swing bridge @ Peru, IL 1940--The Daily Post Tribune, La Salle, IL, July 2, 1940
Original Slough Bridge
1935 Peru Centennial Information, May 25-26 1935
An iron bridge across the slough, consisting of three fixed spans, each seventy-five feet in length, was begun on July eighteenth,1869 work having been delayed by high water, and completed in November 1869. There was a northern approach 265 feet long, built of timber. The road connecting it with the river bridge was built on an embankment 300 rods long, eight feet high, with a roadbed twenty-five feet wide.
It was thought that this embankment would raise the road above high water level, but it was flooded many times.
This bridge would be replaced by the current bridge in 1917. The old bridge was sold to a local scrap dealer for $100.00.
- Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Illinois River Bayou
- Peru, LaSalle County, Illinois
- No longer exists
- Built in 1869, replaced and sold for scrap in 1917.
- - Boyington & Rust of Chicago, Illinois
- Three span bowstring pony truss
Length of largest span: 75.0 ft.
Total length: 225.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.31104, -89.12698 (decimal degrees)
41°18'40" N, 89°07'37" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/321956/4575468 (zone/easting/northing)
- Inventory number
- BH 90611 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- September 13, 2020: Document added by GS
- September 12, 2020: New photo from Art Suckewer
- Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com