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PPU - Pekin Bridge


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BH Photo #192037


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Lost Through truss bridge over Illinois River on former Peoria and Pekin Union Railroad in Peoria
Pekin, Peoria County, Illinois, and Tazewell County, Illinois
Removed but not replaced
Built 1896; removed in 1970s
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- Peoria & Pekin Union Railway (PPU)
Pratt through truss with one swing span
Length of largest span: 300.0 ft.
Total length: 1,025.0 ft.
Also called
PPU - Illinois River Bridge (Pekin)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.57431, -89.65230   (decimal degrees)
40°34'28" N, 89°39'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/275495/4494884 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 47608 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 8, 2015: New Street View added by Luke
  • May 11, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added build date from King Bridge Co. site
  • August 22, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Railroad"
  • December 14, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "Peoria & Pekin Union Railway"
  • January 10, 2011: Added by Jacob P. Bernard



PPU - Pekin Bridge
Posted September 15, 2015, by William Weiss (dswrw [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There have been SIX bridges crossing the IL River at Pekin in this order:

1. Wagon Bridge (no remnants whatsoever left)

2. P&PU Railroad Bridge (stone structure directly next to small bridge going to Pekin Boat Club Island is only remaining evidence of this first RR bridge..it is in great condition considering P&PU removed that bridge before 1900. It currently supports the Pekin Boat Club sign)

3. Illinois Terminal Railroad swing bridge (abutment from bridge remains under current Pekin Bridge) Bridge removed in 1975

4. Pekin Lift Bridge 1929 (replaced in 1980, no remnants whatsoever left)

5. Current Pekin Bridge Shade-Lohman

6. Vertical-Lift bridge (Currently Untion Pacific Railroad) 3-miles south of all other bridges.

Illinois River P&PU Railroad Bridge
Posted December 31, 2012, by David P. Jordan (dpj1974 [at] mediacombb [dot] net)

Another possibility is that the bridge is the P&PU's Pekin Bridge. So while the railroad could be correct, the location is not. Also, P&PU permanently abandoned its Pekin Bridge before 1897.

Illinois River P&PU Railroad Bridge
Posted December 31, 2012, by David P. Jordan (dpj1974 [at] mediacombb [dot] net)

That is not the Peoria & Pekin Union Railway (now Tazewell & Peoria Railroad) bridge. It may be the Peoria Terminal Co. bridge that closed in early 1973 and was dismantled in the summer of 1974.