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RI - Nabisco Bridge (1)


Distant View Of Bridge; To Left Is Nabisco Factory; Looking West.

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #117938


Howe Pony Truss bridge over Marseilles Power Canal on spur of Rock Island Railroad in Marseilles
Marseilles, LaSalle County, Illinois
Built 1888
- Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
Double-intersection Warren pony truss
Span length: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 90.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.32697, -88.71148   (decimal degrees)
41°19'37" N, 88°42'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/356772/4576467 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 36837 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 13, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 26, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • December 30, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added category "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad"
  • February 2, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Fixed spelling of name
  • July 23, 2008: New photos from Kim Harvey
  • July 8, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey


  • Kim Harvey
  • HAER IL-97 - Marseille Nabisco Bridge, Spanning power canals at Nabisco Paper Mill, Marseilles, La Salle County, IL
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


RI - Nabisco Bridges
Posted April 29, 2015, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I guess the entire area is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is being considered for restoration into a living history museum. Hopefully that fares well for the bridges.


Marseilles Nabisco Bridges
Posted January 1, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looking at the view on Bing, there appears to be another pony truss similar to the Lassig span tucked in right next to the building. The Lassig bridge(s) is very significant and it would be nice to see the city relocate it to a park before this complex is someday likely demolished.

Not sure if this Bing link will work or not:


Marseilles Nabisco Bridges
Posted December 31, 2012, by Gary Sprandel (jaidite [at] aol [dot] com)

There was an entire complex along the river that bridges 1&2 were the main access to.

Aside from the Nabisco plant there was a Johns Manville plant on the north bank on both sides of the main street.

If you go to historicaerials.com and put Marseilles IL in the search box and check out the topo maps(sorry the site has no photos outside the Chicago metro area) from 1972 through 1984 you can see how the tracks were laid out.

Marseilles Nabisco Bridges
Posted December 30, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I agree there's no way a car has crossed this for MANY years. There is also two other bridges on the south side of the building I photoed and listed here. Unless any one has further history I figured as well to leave them all together.

Marseilles Nabisco Bridge
Posted February 28, 2010, by Ron Johnson (mfpd24 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I've never seen a car cross this bridge. It was for the railroad spur that went into Nabisco that was torn up in the late 80s. I go past it every day and it has a fence across it at the north end with a garbage dumpster in front of it.

Marseille Nabisco Bridge
Posted February 1, 2010, by Steve Smith (redrocket29 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge is in Marseilles, IL not Marseille and it actually looks the same and I believe cars still cross it on occasion.

Marseille Nabisco Bridge
Posted April 5, 2009, by Ron Johnson (mfpd24 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The town is spelled Marseilles with an S on the end, not "Marseille". Pronounced "Mar-sales". There is a small, single span manually powered swing bridge over the I&M canal 50 yards north of this bridge that served the same RR spur.