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US67 Hennepin Canal Swing Bridge

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Lost swing bridge over Hennepin Canal

West of US 67 bridge, section of rails still visible on south approach

Gene Smania February 2012

License: Released into public domain

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BH Photo #251225

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Overview
Lost Bridge over Hennepin Canal on US 67
Location
Milan, Rock Island County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge upstream
History
Built ca. 1896; Replaced 1948
Builder
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Railroads
- Streetcar
- Tri-City Railway & Light Co. (TCR&L)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.45513, -90.57489   (decimal degrees)
41°27'18" N, 90°34'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/702553/4592122 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Milan
Inventory number
BH 55878 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 29, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 28, 2017: New photo from David Sebben
  • March 13, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • March 24, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Rock Island Southern Railway"
  • March 24, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Changed to removed not replaced
  • March 24, 2013: New photo from Gene Smania
  • March 23, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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Comments 

Hennepin Canal Swing Bridge
Posted May 4, 2013, by Miles W. Rich (mileswrich [at] gmail [dot] com)

There were two swing bridges across the Canal at Milan. The railroad bridge was replaced in the late 60's or early 70's by the culvert and fill across the canal and is still used by the Iowa Interstate to reach the industries in Milan on the old Milan sub of the Rock Island Lines. The Rock River bridges were originally built by the Rock Island & Peoria Railway which as owned by the Cable family that also managed the Chicago Rock Island, and Pacific, the Rock Island Lines. When the Hennepin Canal was built, the swing bridge was built so boats could pass. The remains of the turntable in the canal are from the US 67 Highway Bridge that was replaced in the late 40's after the span closest to Rock Island that was right next to the Sears Power Dam collapsed. The tracks that exist were the street car tracks. The Rock Island and Peoria went through Milan and behind the Quad City Airport and then along US 150 through Coal Valley to Orion. The line was abandoned between Milan and Orion in 1941, and the Rock Island secured trackage rights over the Burlington from Colona to Orion to reach the remaining trackage through Cambridge to Peoria. Branching off at the Milan depot was the Rock Island and Mercer County Railroad, also owned by the Cables, to reach their coal mines in Preemption, Sherrard and the town of Cable. The Rock Island Southern leased trackage rights on the line from Southern Junction near Matherville through Milan to reach Rock Island. The lines south of Milan were abandoned in 1952 when the RIS shut down.

Hennepin Canal Swing Bridge
Posted March 24, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

1910 topo shows a combined road and interurban line. The RR is most likely the Rock Island Southern Interurban. The Rock Island line crossing shows in its present location.

Hennepin Canal Swing Bridge
Posted March 24, 2013, by Luke Harden

I'm pretty confident that this woul actually have been the location of the road crossing (which as one point WAS indeed shared with the local trolley.

The "Rock Island"'s swing bridge across the canal has clearly been replaced by a culvert and earthen fill.