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Sangamon Valley Trail - Cantrall Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in January 2019

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BH Photo #442317

Map 

Description 

This bridge was part of an abandoned segment of the St. Louis, Peoria and North Western Railway, later consolidated into the Chicago and North Western Railroad. It was constructed in 1911-1913 with $10.0 million in capital raised by the Chicago and North Western Railway to haul coal from Macoupin County mines operated by the Superior Coal Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chicago and Northwestern. The six Macoupin coal mines served by the St. Louis, Peoria and Northwestern yielded an estimated 2.0 million tons of coal annually, almost all of which was burned by the Chicago and North Western in its steam railway operations.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned deck girder bridge over Cantrall Creek on future Sangamon Valley Trail
Location
Sangamon County, Illinois
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Proposed future use for the Sangamon Valley Trail.
Builders
- Widell & Co. of Mankato, Minnesota
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Rail-to-trail
- St. Louis, Peoria & North Western Railway (StLP&NW)
Design
Railroad Deck Plate Girder Trestle
Dimensions
Total length: 350.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.88877, -89.70723   (decimal degrees)
39°53'20" N, 89°42'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/268521/4418920 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Athens
Land survey
T. 17 N., R. 5 W., Sec. 30
Elevation
550 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 50915 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2019: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • January 12, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro:

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Comments 

Sangamon Valley Trail - Cantrall Creek Bridge
Posted January 13, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I actually was in contact with someone who has the blueprints for this bridge. As reported to me, the superstructure of the bridge was built in 1920 by Wisconsin Bridge & Iron works, and the substructure built by Widell Company. Eager for pictures!

Sangamon Valley Trail - Cantrall Creek Bridge
Posted January 13, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

This thing is a beast. 2nd line removed or never placed....looooong walk down recently-opened stretch of rail-to-trail to this one, at least one plaque removed but sounds like research has it at 1913 or so. Just a monster, and a beautiful spot. Fun visit.

Sangamon Valley Trail - Cantrall Creek Bridge
Posted September 18, 2018, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is now open to the public for pedestrian and bicycle use only.

Sangamon Valley Trail - Cantrall Creek Bridge
Posted September 6, 2016, by DENNIS KIENZLER (ekienzler [at] halversonconstruction [dot] com)

Work has begun on the Sangamon Valley Trail extension. Main structure will remain but the deck will be redone for bicycle/pedestrian usage.