Drawing shown on historic marker at Kaskaskia village
The historic marker doesn't give a source for this drawing, but it appears to be based on a lithograph by J.C. Wild
BH Photo #399925
This bridge is depicted in "The Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated in a Series of Views" No. 4 by J.C. Wild and Lewis F. Thomas, 1841. A lithograph shows the bridge with what appears to be a roof. The accompanying text stated, "A costly and substantial bridge has just been completed over the Kaskaskia river, which will add many facilities to the business of the place."
In later years the Mississippi and Kaskaskia rivers both changed course, and now the site of this bridge is likely under or very near the Mississippi River.
The pin location is just a wild guess.
- Lost bridge over Kaskaskia River on Kaskaskia-Cahokia Road
- Randolph County, Illinois
- Removed but not replaced
- Unknown design -- may have been a multi-span timber covered bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +37.96095, -89.91913 (decimal degrees)
37°57'39" N, 89°55'09" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/243545/4205502 (zone/easting/northing)
- Inventory number
- BH 78154 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- August 13, 2017: Added by James Baughn