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Lincoln Trail Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Mike Roegner

BH Photo #185274

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Stony Creek on Lincoln Trail Road southeast of Muncie
Location
Vermilion County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1884, replaced in 2005
Builder
- P.E. Lane of Chicago, Illinois
Design
Wrought iron, pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 99.0 ft.
Total length: 100.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.09889, -87.82667   (decimal degrees)
40°05'56" N, 87°49'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/429537/4439060 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oakwood
Inventory numbers
IL 092-3178 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15706 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 7, 2012: Updated by Wes Worsham: Updated to indicate "lost"
  • April 29, 2010: New photo from Robert Stephenson
  • January 14, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Builders

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Roegner
  • Wes Worsham

Comments 

Stony Creek Bridge
Posted January 11, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

No welded truss bridge excuses the demolition of one of the last P. E. Lane truss bridges in existence. The photos are valuable, the historic bridge pictured displays the same unique design details of the Darden Road Bridge in St. Joseph County, Indiana.

Stony Creek Bridge
Posted January 11, 2010, by Anonymous

But isn't it nice to have a replacement bridge with a bit of character rather than a concrete slab with guard rails. That is probably owed to the history of the location. Lincoln Trail Road is Old State Road, one of the oldest roads in the county. It was used by Abraham Lincoln as he rode the 8th Circuit, and a historical marker indicates he had to ford Stony Creek here. If only he had a bridge.

I've uploaded some views of the 1884 bridge. It didn't have the builders plates on it when it was dismantled. I don't know if they were destroyed or are now someone's souvenirs.

Stony Creek Bridge
Posted March 11, 2009, by Dale Travis (daletravis [at] bigfoot [dot] com)

Pix taken 3-4-09. N40 05.937 W87 49.585. Looks much newer than 1884, I'd suspect it has been replaced fairly recently.