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BP&J - Wolf Creek Bridge

Photo 

Wolf Creek Bridge circa 1905

This early undated photo shows what I believe is this bridge circa 1905. The lack of overhead wires makes it possible that this was taken during the railroad's construction. At last report, most of the bridge has collapsed but the abutments and pieces of the span remain.

From the Street Railway Journal

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BH Photo #470887

Map 

Description 

This bridge was used by the BP&J for their Dwight-Pontiac portion of there line, which was the only portion ever used. The BP&J ceased operations in 1925 and the bridge has been abandoned ever since. Most of it has collapsed.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over Wolf Creek on Bloomington, Pontiac & Joliet Railway
Location
Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built circa 1904 for the Bloomington, Pontiac & Joliet Railway; abandoned in 1925.
Railroad
- Bloomington, Pontiac, & Joliet Interurban Railroad (BP&J)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 30.0 ft.
Total length: 60.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.94354, -88.57998   (decimal degrees)
40°56'37" N, 88°34'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/367005/4533691 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 86853 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 24, 2020: New photo from Thomas Dyrek
  • October 7, 2019: Updated by Thomas Dyrek: Added category "Bloomington, Pontiac, & Joliet Interurban Railroad"

Sources 

  • Thomas Dyrek