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Van Buren Avenue Bridge

Photo 

Overview

BH Photo #109374

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Pecatonica River on N. Van Buren Avenue in Freeport
Location
Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1885 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Whipple through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 198.1 ft.
Total length: 204.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.30383, -89.62532   (decimal degrees)
42°18'14" N, 89°37'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/283607/4686849 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Freeport West
Inventory numbers
IL 089-6000 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15683 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 3, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Fixed coordinates
  • May 17, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • July 22, 2009: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • December 28, 2008: New photos from Kim Harvey
  • October 31, 2007: Posted photo from Doug Vander Wilt

Sources 

  • Doug Vander Wilt - unsearchable [at] gmail [dot] com
  • HAER IL-9 - Pecatonica River Bridge, Spanning Pecatonica River at Winnesheik Road, Freeport vicinity, Stephenson County, IL
  • Kim Harvey
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth

Comments 

Van Buren Avenue Bridge
Posted March 25, 2018, by Luke

More than likely as a crossing guard. Prior to modern crossing signals they had crossing guards to lower manual barricades in addition to the standard crossbuck.

Van Buren Avenue Bridge
Posted March 25, 2018, by Bill (billrey [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My 2x Great Grandfather worked for the railroad as a guard at this bridge back in the 1890 up to death in 1909.

Would you know the reason a guard was need?

Van Buren Avenue Bridge
Posted November 12, 2014, by Mark Shannon

Thanks, David, for the video links!

Van Buren Avenue Bridge
Posted October 1, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

Dave, I am 100% with you on electronic "bells"--I think they sound ridiculous, I hate them with a passion. Up in my hometown of Cook, MN, they just realigned a street at a RR crossing and replaced all the crossing gear, including the real bells that had real sound with these stupid electronic things. Ish.

Van Buren Avenue Bridge
Posted October 1, 2010, by David A. Shaw (scpry1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

For you railfans I found this video on utube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7nQKyutdxI

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMtZ1GiQzFE&feature=related

and I HATE eletronic "bells"

Winneshiek Road Bridge
Posted July 22, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I found the site of this bridge. It would appear that a new bridge was built on a slightly different alignment, and then the old bridge was removed.

Van Buren Avenue Bridge
Posted July 22, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Your right Matthew.....I looked at these photos on the HAER sites and they are for another bridge that also spanned the Pecatonica River on Winneshiek Road near Freeport. Apparently that bridge is now gone, while the Van Buren Ave. bridge remains.

Van Buren Avenue Bridge
Posted July 22, 2009, by Matthew Lohry (mmlohry [at] comcast [dot] net)

I've noticed that the Whipple truss bridge shown in the first photograph is not the same bridge as the one shown in the rest of the photos or the one referenced by the HAER link (the other is a Pratt truss).