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WAB - Pontiac Bridge

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Wabash Railroad Bridge #1705

Postcard was postmarked in 1910.

Photographer unknown

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BH Photo #308160

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Description 

This is the second of two spans over the Vermillion River at this location. The 2 spans were brought here from the Wabash Bridge #1145 over the Kankakee River at Custer Park, IL to replace the original Howe truss spans from Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific (Wabash Railroad predecessor) Railroad Bridge #3505.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Vermillion River on Wabash Railroad
Location
Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois
Status
Demolished between 1974-1980
History
Original 428' Howe truss w/frame trestle approaches built 1881; replaced w/thru trusses from Bridge #1145 in 1904; bridge embargoed by N&W around 1973; Demolished 1980
Builder
- Rust & Coolidge of Chicago, Illinois
Railroad
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 131.0 ft.
Total length: 269.2 ft.
Deck width: 15.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 22.0 ft.
Also called
Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railroad Bridge #3505
Wabash Railroad Bridge #1705
Wabash - Vermillion River Bridge (Pontiac)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.87477, -88.61944   (decimal degrees)
40°52'29" N, 88°37'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/363542/4526117 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Southeast Pontiac
Inventory number
BH 64036 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 24, 2018: New photos from Luke
  • December 15, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Updated bridge dimensions, build date (per Wabash documents) and added line drawing
  • November 11, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added 2 photos of bridge, plus linked to predecessor spans used to span the Kankakee River near Chicago

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Comments 

Wabash - Pontiac Bridge
Posted March 24, 2018, by Jon A Bogert (bogert300 [at] mediacombb [dot] net)

The bridge-along with all of the 37 miles of trackage, were removed during the summer of 1980 by the Smith Tie Co of St Louis. They claimed the bridge weighed 205 tons and they also salvaged 4,000 tons of steel rail, as well as about 81,000 crossties. Source: Pontiac Daily Leader 5/31/80

Wabash - Pontiac Bridge
Posted March 24, 2018, by Jon A Bogert (bogert300 [at] mediacombb [dot] net)

This photo was taken the same date, is facing North, showing the Builders Plate perched atop the leading span.

Wabash - Pontiac Bridge
Posted March 24, 2018, by Jon A Bogert (bogert300 [at] mediacombb [dot] net)

I have photos of this bridge, taken November 4, 1978, both from the North and the South. The "builder's plate" on the bridge crest says "Built 1879/Rust & Coolidge Chicago.