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Peru Swing Bridge

Photos 

Peru Swing Bridge look downstream icebreaker on pier

local historical photo

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BH Photo #313171

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Illinois River on Route 251
Location
Peru, LaSalle County, Illinois
Status
No longer exists
History
Longest single span structure in Illinois when completed in 1870
Builders
- Boyington, Rust, & Bruce of Chicago, Illinois & Marseilles, Illinois (Designers)
- Illinois River Bridge Co. (Local company created to build the bridge.)
Design
Pratt through truss swing
south approach was Wood trestle with steel pony truss @ end of swing span
North approach was steel pony truss @ end of swing span
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 310.0 ft.
Also called
The city streets where it was located are Water St which runs east/west along the river and Putnam St which runs north from the bridge location
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.32256, -89.12633   (decimal degrees)
41°19'21" N, 89°07'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/322041/4576745 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Spring Valley
Inventory number
BH 62615 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 24, 2019: New photos from GS
  • January 23, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 12, 2015: Updated by Gene Smania: fixed location map, added additional information
  • August 21, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Douglas Butler
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Peru Swing Bridge
Posted January 24, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

GS, I Love the flood photos !!!