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New Athens Wagon Bridge

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New Athens Wagon Bridge

Uploaded by Melissa Brand-Welch

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BH Photo #438911

Map 

Description 

Location is based on the 1912 topo. The postcard says Okaw River. Okaw is an alternative name for the Kaskaskia.

Note the concrete additions to the original cut stone piers... These were added at some point to minimize possible flood damage.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple truss bridge over Kaskaskia River
Location
New Athens, St. Clair County, Illinois
Status
No longer exists
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
15 panel Whipple through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.32929, -89.88021   (decimal degrees)
38°19'45" N, 89°52'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/248235/4246278 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 2 S., R. 7 W., Sec. 28
Elevation
390 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 83607 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 17, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • November 25, 2018: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type and additional information
  • November 25, 2018: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch

Sources 

  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

New Athens Wagon Bridge
Posted November 26, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks Clark !

New Athens Wagon Bridge
Posted November 26, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I moved the pin two blocks north to Spring Street. The 1912 topo shows a bridge there. They probably built the 1919 replacement before tearing the old one down.

New Athens Wagon Bridge
Posted November 25, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I have enjoyed posting them today.

New Athens Wagon Bridge
Posted November 25, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Love all these old postcard photos!!!

They gave these old beauties more respect back then!

...I mean, except for us!

New Athens Wagon Bridge
Posted November 25, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks Tony ! I've been on a Bridge Binge today.