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Ottawa Bridge


Ottawa Wagon Bridge over Illinois River, Ottawa, IL

Opened 1910, replaced by Hilliard Bridge in 1933

Art of Ottawa & Vicinity, Ottawa Library

BH Photo #324501



Plans show a bascule lift span for the third span from the south but unable to see it in the photos. The newspaper article (2-22-1999) said the bridge was replaced because it was "not tall enough to allow commercial vessels under it." It had a pedestrian sidewalk. The local streetcar system also traveled over the bridge.

The bascule lift bridge is a Strauss heel trunnion was converted from a fixed span bridge constructed in 1910


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Illinois River on La Salle Street
Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge1933
Built 1910; Replaced 1933
- A.M. Blodgett of Kansas City, Missouri
- Modern Steel Structures Co. of Waukesha, Wisconsin
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 191.8 ft.
Total length: 900.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Also called
Ottawa Wagon Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.34244, -88.84272   (decimal degrees)
41°20'33" N, 88°50'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/345826/4578410 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 67544 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 22, 2016: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • May 13, 2015: Updated by Luke: Reworked builders to include a prexisting category
  • May 13, 2015: Updated by Gene Smania: photos and info added
  • May 12, 2015: Added by Luke

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