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Wallrich Bridge


View East Of Arch Span

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #129621



Lost bowstring through truss bridge over North Fork Vermilion River on TR 276B
Livingston County, Illinois
Replaced by new bridge
Built ca. 1880; rehabilitated 1976; replaced 1979
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Bowstring through truss
Length of largest span: 123.0 ft.
Total length: 172.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.83779, -88.28007   (decimal degrees)
40°50'16" N, 88°16'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/392079/4521539 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chatsworth North
Inventory number
BH 36836 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 9, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed build date to circa date... WIBCo was out of business in 1905.
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Year built and Builder
  • December 6, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • July 8, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey



Wallrich Bridge
Posted July 6, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I would suggest a build date of 1872-1875 with a relocation date of 1905.

Wallrich Bridge
Posted March 16, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I LOVE (all sarcasm intended) how the county engineer referred to the replacement of an historic bridge with a concrete and steel eyesore as a "rehab project".

Wallrich Bridge
Posted March 16, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I just read the attached newspaper article - this was a very good read. It really illustrates what a bridge can mean to a community.

Wallrich Bridge
Posted March 13, 2011, by Gene Smania

State structure number was 053-3404. It was located northeast of Charlotte or 2.7 miles southwest of Cullom-the loction on the map has it southeast of Charlotte. It was a Phoenix Truss, built by the Phoenix Iron Co. of Philadelphia, PA. It was torn down in June, 1997. According to the news article it had originally been built someplace else, removed from there, and rebuilt in this location where it stood for 100 years. Sorry for the poor quality of the articles.