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IB&W - Possum Trot Bridge

Photos 

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Photo taken by Mike Roegner

BH Photo #272878

Map 

Description 

"Another dangerous point on the road known as "Possum Trot" exists a few miles west of this city, at the crossing of the middle fork of the Vermilion River, and the company is at present engaged in changing the alignment of the road for a few miles, putting in a viaduct 1,300 ft. long, and making heavy cuts and fills. The improvement will cost many thousands of dollars but will almost surely avoid a repetition of the North Fork wreck at that point."

Engineering News, Volume 30, 1893

Facts 

Overview
Lost Deck truss bridge over Middle Fork Vermilion River on former Indiana, Bloomington and Western Railroad west of Danville
Location
Vermilion County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1868, replaced in 1921
Railroads
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (CCC&StL)
- Indiana, Bloomington & Western Railway (IB&W)
Design
Main spans: Howe deck truss
Approaches: Timber Stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.11860, -87.72824   (decimal degrees)
40°07'07" N, 87°43'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/437944/4441174 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Danville SW
Inventory number
BH 59228 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 15, 2014: Added by Jacob P. Bernard

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Sources 

  • Jacob P. Bernard