9 votes

Fall Creek Bridge


Old postcard--Fall Creek Bridge, date unknown

commercial postcard

License: Released into public domain


BH Photo #223726



Bridge on abandoned road next to Illinois 71 west of Ottawa, Illinois
LaSalle County, Illinois
Stone arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.32079, -88.87467   (decimal degrees)
41°19'15" N, 88°52'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/343100/4576064 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 51029 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,681)
Arch (12,173)
Deck arch (11,410)
Illinois (4,687)
LaSalle County, Illinois (89)
Stone arch (3,078)

Update Log 

  • July 6, 2014: New photos from erica w
  • January 23, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated status to abandoned
  • January 23, 2012: New photos from Gene Smania
  • January 22, 2012: Added by Gene Smania


  • Luke


Fall Creek Bridge
Posted December 1, 2012, by Anonymous

The lighting on the south portal photo is gorgeous.

Fall Creek Bridge
Posted January 23, 2012, by Gene Smania

I sent Pic 1 twice-one of those should have been a local history article on it-will try to add it later. Pic 1 is actually a postcard from what is probably the early 1900's. From what I've seen of postcards in that time frame they often took a little "artistic license" with them so it may not have been as accurate a representation as if it were a photo. Also, the dam system backed up the water in the 1930's and submerged part of the lower walls of it so it now appears shorter in the photos than in the postcard. A few miles further west there is a culvert that is visible in 1920 vintage photos but completely submerged since the 1930's due to the dam system.

Fall Creek Bridge
Posted January 23, 2012, by Gene Smania

You have to know that it is there and be looking for it to spot it. Best time to see it is when leaves are off of the trees. Almost impossible to see from the road during summer thru all the vegetation. There is no good area to pull off the road and park so I would park by the county road west of it and walk the shoulder to it. Nice small waterfall on the upstream side.

Fall Creek Bridge
Posted January 23, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

An explanation possible in picture 4 caption. Water impounded and silting submerging the lower part.

Fall Creek Bridge
Posted January 23, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Pic #1 isn't the same bridge as in the other pics... It is a taller more rounded arch and it's keystone is more prominent.

Both are beautiful spans however.

Fall Creek Bridge
Posted January 23, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great find! I've been by that spot 100's of times and never spotted it.

Fall Creek Bridge
Posted January 22, 2012, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Gene: I'm not sure why the photo uploader isn't working. I just did a quick test and it worked fine for me. How big are the photos that you're trying to upload?

Fall Creek Bridge
Posted January 22, 2012, by Gene Smania

Been trying on and off throughout the day to upload files in Post Comment section and in new Photo upload section with no luck.

Fall Creek Bridge
Posted January 22, 2012, by Anonymous

Abandoned single span stone arch structure over Fall Creek. Adjacent to Illinois River and approximately 100 yards north of Illinois Rt 71. Approximately 150 yards east of junction of Illinois Rt 71 and Fosse Road/North 2650th Road, west of Ottawa, Illinois