The Paris & Danville Railroad was built by John C. Short, a Danville banker. It was chartered March 23, 1869 and began running trains from Danville to Robinson in 1872. It eventually made it from Danville to Paris, IL and crossed the Salt Fork river at approximately the same location as the concrete arch bridge does today. From there it connected with the Indianapolis, Bloomington & Western Railroad and crossed the North Fork on their bridge (BH52994), before terminating at the I.B. & W. station on Gilbert Street.
The P&D Bridge was a 3-span (two 120' spans and one 40' foot span) Howe Deck truss approximately 550 feet long (including approaches?) and 70-75 feet high, built by W. H. Alexander, chief engineer for the railroad.
August 1, 1879, The P&D began running trains from Tilton Junction across the Wabash Bridge (BH43975) into the Main Street station through a lease agreement with the Wabash Railroad ($100/month). The P&D Bridge was then abandoned.
The approaches to the bridge became the property of the Ellsworth Coal Company. The bridge was sold to the Vermilion County Highway Commission for $1,000, and Henry Halls was contracted to dismantle it in September 1882. The bridge was to be moved to the Kyger Mill to be used as a wagon and pedestrian bridge. (I can't verify it ever made it there.) Some of the oak timbers from the approaches were donated by A. C. Daniels, superintendent of the Ellsworth Coal Company, to be used by City Engineer Alexanders to build a dam on the North Fork. This was to impound water for skating & swimming.
The P&D Railroad was reorganized after foreclosure as the Danville & Southwestern, later becoming the New York Central's Cairo Division.