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Kaskaskia Bridge

Photos 

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

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BH Photo #399925

Map 

Description 

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.

Facts 

Overview
Lost bridge over Kaskaskia River on Kaskaskia-Cahokia Road
Location
Randolph County, Illinois
Status
Removed but not replaced
Design
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)

Categories 

Illinois (3,845)
Lost (18,669)
Randolph County, Illinois (31)

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2017: Added by James Baughn