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Cobden Bridge

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Photo taken by James Baughn

BH Photo #102610

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Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over the Illinois Central Railroad on Old US 51 in Cobden
Location
Cobden, Union County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1926; replaced 1997
Railroad
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
Design
Riveted, skewed, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 111.9 ft.
Total length: 116.1 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.53435, -89.25391   (decimal degrees)
37°32'04" N, 89°15'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/300854/4156539 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cobden
Land survey
T. 11 S., R. 1 W., Sec. 30
Inventory numbers
IL 091-9908 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15695 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 26, 2010: New photo from James Baughn

Sources 

  • Flickr photo
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com

Comments 

Cobden Bridge
Posted October 4, 2018, by Brenda Woods (bkwoods01 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My Grandmother and Father told me that when my Father, Robert Harold Riggs, was a young man that he and some of his friends were side swiped by a truck as they were crossing the bridge. The accident sent Dad's car over the side of the bridge onto the railroad tracks below. Dad's best friend was killed in the accident. I am assuming it happened late in the 1920's or early 30's.