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Dixon Truesdell Bridge

Photos 

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923

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Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Truesdell pony truss bridge over Rock River
Location
Dixon, Lee County, Illinois
Status
Collapsed in 1873
History
Built in 1869, collapsed 1873 May 4 during a baptism in the river. Spectators were on the bridge when it collapsed, killing about 45 people.
Design
5 span Truesdell truss with timber deck and floor beams
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 132.0 ft.
Total length: 660.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.84483, -89.48443   (decimal degrees)
41°50'41" N, 89°29'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/293739/4635532 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dixon East
Inventory number
BH 58781 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 11, 2017: New photos from Luke
  • September 10, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • June 5, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • April 26, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added photograph
  • June 13, 2015: Updated by James Baughn: Added "Truesdell pony truss" to the list of available design types
  • July 15, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added categories "Cast iron", "Wrought Iron"
  • November 12, 2013: Added by Clark Vance

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Sources 

  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Luke