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Rock Bridge



East side

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Abandoned stone and brick arch bridge over Tributary to Mississippi River on Rock Bridge Road in Chester, SE of the courthouse
Chester, Randolph County, Illinois
Still standing, but overgrown with weeds and suffering erosion
Brick arch
Length of largest span: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.89801, -89.82267   (decimal degrees)
37°53'53" N, 89°49'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/251809/4198256 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 15632 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (2,468)
Arch (10,584)
Brick arch (66)
Chester, Illinois (3)
Deck arch (9,848)
Illinois (3,372)
Randolph County, Illinois (27)
Span length under 25 feet (4,996)

Update Log 

  • January 16, 2012: New photos from James Baughn
  • February 25, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Added creek name
  • May 1, 2006: Posted additional historic photo from Harriet Kuehne


  • Pudge Combs - fccs [at] midwest [dot] net
  • Harriet Kuehne
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com


Rock Bridge
Posted September 14, 2007, by Jacob Nicholson (JacobN22354 [at] aol [dot] com)

Great pictures! it would be really nice if you could post approximately how old the bridge is.

Rock Bridge
Posted February 22, 2007, by Greg Myers (cjournal [at] egyptian [dot] net)

If anyone has more information about this bridge please contact me. 618-497-8272

Rock Bridge
Posted July 25, 2006, by John Saunders (jolinsco [at] charter [dot] net)

Excellent pictures and good website. Hopefully, this bridge will be restored and preserved. There can't be very many of these left.

Rock Bridge
Posted May 24, 2006, by Christie Phillips (cphillips3361 [at] charter [dot] net)

My friends and I used to play all up and down the area where the bridge is located. It is a shame that it has gotten in such bad repair. You are always looking for something to bring to the city Pudge. Thank you

Rock Bridge
Posted April 8, 2006, by Harriet Parker Kuehne (bettyboop62233 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have lived in the neighborhood of the Stone Bridge all my life .( 62 years ) When I was a child I played under the bridge. I would be agreeable to support a restoration effort if I possibly am able to do so. Thank you P Combs for posting the pictures.

Rock Bridge
Posted April 2, 2006, by Doug Cress (dtcress [at] cox [dot] net)

Great website. I did notice that you have Pudge Combs name spelled wrong. It is Combs, not Coombs.