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Illinois Terminal - Alton Steel Yard Bridge

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only span that remains

Photo taken by Kim Harvey in April 2009

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BH Photo #136639

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Overview
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over the rail yard in Alton, south of E. Broadway
Location
Alton, Madison County, Illinois
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1905, Abandoned 1953
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Alton, Granite, & St. Louis Traction Co. (AG&StL)
- Illinois Terminal Railroad (IT)
- Illinois Traction System (ITS)
- Interurban
- St. Louis & Alton Railway (StL&A)
Design
Pratt through truss, approaches removed
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.88626, -90.14328   (decimal degrees)
38°53'11" N, 90°08'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/747785/4308034 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Alton
Inventory number
BH 42224 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 21, 2017: New photo from Dave King
  • February 4, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added info, removed "Mystery" category
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • April 5, 2009: Added by Kim Harvey

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Comments 

Alton Steel Rail Yard Bridge
Posted April 15, 2010, by Robert Madoux (madoux [dot] rc [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This bridge was for a Trolley line. The Alton area was served by the “Alton, Granite & St. Louis” Traction, an electric line. The trolley line came from Alton and headed east, paralleling what is now the South side of Broadway. At that bridge the rail line turned south and crossed the CCC RR and the Chicago & Alton RR. Some distance later the line turned east to Wood River and Hartford and further points South. I have a map that shows the rail line as early as 1906.