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John Parke Gillett Memorial Bridge

Photos 

1973

HAARGIS photo

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BH Photo #164711

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Street View 

Description 

"Just beyond the Elkhart cemetery on County Road 10 east of downtown Elkhart, is the John P. Gillett Memorial Bridge built in 1915. The bridge was included in Landmarks Illinois' 2005 ten most endangered historic places in Illinois list and is considered an Illinois Landmark. The arched bridge is one of only two privately owned bridges in the state of Illinois. Originally a wooden bridge built in 1899, it was part of the Oglesby estate. The funeral processional for Governor Oglesby, which included Lincoln's son Robert, walked across the original bridge. The bridge was replaced in 1915 with the current concrete, closed-spandrel arch bridge."

--From explorelogancounty.com

Facts 

Overview
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Ch 10 on Walkway in Elkhart
Location
Elkhart, Logan County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1915
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 22.0 ft.
Total length: 74.8 ft.
Also called
Elkhart Viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.02028, -89.47052   (decimal degrees)
40°01'13" N, 89°28'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/289168/4432931 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Broadwell
Inventory numbers
IL 054-3022 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 38315 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 13, 2020: New photos from Darren T Snow
  • April 9, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 23, 2014: New Street View added by Luke
  • November 29, 2011: New photo from Steve Conro
  • May 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Changed name
  • December 6, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey

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