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Children's Museum Hiking Trail Bridge

Photos 

South End, Looking North

Earthen fill severely eroded, exposing top of arch structure.

Photo taken by Wes Worsham in September 2012

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BH Photo #241505

Map 

Description 

Closed-spandrel concrete arch located on eastern edge of Lake Decatur on pedestrian path north of Children's Museum. Bridge crosses creek connecting a small pond to the lake. It is possible that the path was once an elevated road in the flood plain of the Sangamon River before Lake Decatur was filled in the early 1920s.

Facts 

Overview
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Unnamed creek on Hiking Trail
Location
Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians only. Earthen fill is missing, but pathway crosses concrete arch.
Design
Closed-spandrel arch. One lane. Earthen fill has washed away, exposing top of concrete arch.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.82926, -88.91153   (decimal degrees)
39°49'45" N, 88°54'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/336421/4410555 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Decatur
Inventory number
BH 53943 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Arch (11,530)
Closed-spandrel arch (3,773)
Concrete Arch (5)
Decatur, Illinois (37)
Deck arch (10,782)
Illinois (4,470)
Macon County, Illinois (57)
Museum (24)
Open to pedestrians (3,817)
Owned by city (4,928)

Update Log 

  • October 15, 2012: Updated by Wes Worsham: Added category "Concrete Arch"

Sources 

  • Wes Worsham

Comments 

Children's Museum Hiking Trail Bridge
Posted July 27, 2013, by Melissa (myssid111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I remember walking across this bridge when I was a kid in the 70's, from my Meme's house to Scovill Zoo.