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Heartway Trail - Shady Rest Bridge



Photo taken by James McCray

BH Photo #181022


Pratt through truss bridge over Sangamon River on the Heartland Pathways, a rail trail converted from the former Illinois Central rail line
Piatt County, Illinois
Open to pedestrians
Built 1890
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
Pratt through truss
Span length: 159.0 ft.
Total length: 159.0 ft.
Also called
IC - Sangamon River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.09374, -88.53184   (decimal degrees)
40°05'37" N, 88°31'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/369418/4439285 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 46414 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • October 5, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • October 5, 2010: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


Heartland Pathway - Shady Rest Bridge
Posted March 30, 2015, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I found an Illinois Central map for this area (Springfield Division), which lists the two similar IC bridges in this county as being built in 1890. Hope that answers any past questions.

Re: Shady Rest Bridge age
Posted June 20, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

When was it built?

Trying to guess a truss bridge age from photos is tricky. One of Murphy's law corollaries is that none of the photos will include what I want to see. *smiles* And as bridge technology advanced, not every building progressed at the same rate.

That said, it is pin-connected, thus probably prior 1925. The eye-bars are upset, which often means later than 1890. The lower joint pins are at the very bottom, which suggest older as does the knee-braced sway braces.

So, based only on what I can see from the limited detail of the pictures, I'd guess 1895 to 1910.

But that is pretty close to a _wild_ guess.

Shady Rest Bridge
Posted June 20, 2014, by Rich (richoff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

when was this bridge built?