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Springdale Cemetery White Bridge


White Bridge

Photo taken by Douglas Coulter

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)

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BH Photo #239287



Kingpost pony truss bridge over Springdale Creek on a road in Springdale Cemetery
Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Kingpost pony truss
Also called
Springdale Cemetery Bridge #1
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.72124, -89.56963   (decimal degrees)
40°43'16" N, 89°34'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/282971/4510988 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Peoria East
Inventory number
BH 53536 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Illinois (4,759)
Kingpost truss (163)
Open (40,024)
Owned by city (5,579)
Peoria County, Illinois (92)
Peoria, Illinois (36)
Pony truss (16,365)
Truss (33,277)

Update Log 

  • April 30, 2016: Updated by Steve Conro: changed name so Springdale Cemetery bridges would list together
  • September 16, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Corrected description
  • September 15, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected design
  • September 14, 2012: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Flickr - photos of bridge
  • Luke
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com


Springdale Cemetery White Bridge
Posted August 14, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge and it's counterpart remind me of those pony trusses (in New York state I believe) that are made from rail stock. I get the feeling they are historic, and original to the park. They likely had lower chord that were replaced with metal stringers at the same time the decks were concreted.

Springdale Cemetery White Bridge
Posted August 14, 2020, by Howard Keil (howardkk [at] comcast [dot] net)

I found the missing "spindle" and "handrail" section in the foreground of photo 3 submerged in the creekbed below the creek in about 2015. I brought the section up and placed it next to the road right next to where it goes on the bridge. The next time I walked it was gone a few weeks later. I hope the maintenance moved it to safekeeping.

White Bridge
Posted September 15, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A Queenpost would have an upper chord of at least one panel, that is parallel to the lower chord.

White Bridge
Posted September 14, 2012, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

The use of rods for the tensile members in both Kings and Queens is found both in roof (more of these survive into the present day) and bridge trusses and is / was not the least bit uncommon. Foundry's were spitting out rods and Angle Blocks, and / or Angle Washers for both for short span trusses from the '70's through the aught's at least

A center single panel point, (even if it is a double rod setup) and the absence of a Straining Beam quite clearly make this a King.

White Bridge
Posted September 14, 2012, by Anonymous

I do not know the difference between queen and king and when i look it up it seems like they are interchangeable. I need help with these bridges.

White Bridge
Posted September 14, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Anyone think this is actually a kingpost rather than queen?

White Bridge
Posted September 14, 2012, by Anonymous


White Bridge
Posted September 14, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Hard to tell for sure from the photos, but they look old. The railing posts look ornate. The use of rods for the vertical does not have the appearance of a modern bridge to me.

White Bridge
Posted September 14, 2012, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just added this and its sister bridge (http://bridgehunter.com/il/peoria/black/). I'm wondering if these bridges are authentic trusses or if they are just "modern prefabs" placed in the cemetery for decorative purposes. Anyway, if someone can give tell either way and give more info on the kind of design, since I am not really familiar with this kind of truss, please do so.