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Barber Creek Bridge

Photo 

Barber Creek Bridge

Photo taken on February 11, 1916.

Photo taken by David Sebben

BH Photo #414881

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bowstring truss bridge over Barber Creek on road
Location
Port Byron, Rock Island County, Illinois
Status
Collapsed
History
People's Power Company Truck fell through the bridge & replaced 1916
Builder
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Design
Bowstring pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.59378, -90.33507   (decimal degrees)
41°35'38" N, 90°20'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/722110/4608106 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Port Byron
Inventory number
BH 52422 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 25, 2017: New photo from David Sebben
  • May 10, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • May 10, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

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Comments 

Barber Creek Bridge
Posted May 10, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks to me like it's a bowstring pony truss. It's the diagonals members that make it a truss, and I see those.

The details are hard to see, but it sure looks like it could be one built by King Iron Bridge & Mfg Co. From http://kingbridgeco.com/siapaper.html it seems he was pretty busy building bridges in the late 1800s. So if the photos were from 1916, the bowstring bridge could be 40 years old.

I do agree that it appears they are removing the bowstring after installing the concrete bridge. Notice the coursed stonework abutment. It sure looks older than the concrete.