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Salt Fork River Swing Bridge


Aerial photo, 1940

BH Photo #273546



Info from Bob Hageman:

This bridge was located between Vermilion Heights and the north end of the Central Foundry plant in Tilton. There was a path that extended from the south end of Avenue F down to the river. It was built by Illinois Power in order that their linemen could walk and visually inspect the power line. It was also used by coal miners walking to the mines on the south side of the Salt Fork.


Lost Suspension bridge over Salt Fork Vermilion River on former pedestrian trail in Danville
Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois
No longer exists
Built before 1940, lost before 1998
Wire/cable suspension?
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.12044, -87.65307   (decimal degrees)
40°07'14" N, 87°39'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/444351/4441329 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Danville SW
Inventory number
BH 59426 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 25, 2015: New photo from R.V. Hageman
  • June 23, 2015: New photo from R.V. Hageman
  • January 28, 2014: Added by Jacob P. Bernard


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  • R.V. Hageman - rvhjr1945 [at] gmail [dot] com


Salt Fork River Swing Bridge
Posted June 24, 2015, by R.V. Hageman (rvhjr1945 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nevermind! The third picture is probably another swinging bridge that was located a couple miles west of Batestown. There was a rifle range located there south of the Salt Fork River by the pollywogs. There were also coal mines there which needed to transport coal to the north side of the river to be processed. Neither the picture nor the identifying caption matched our memories. Difficult to believe that in fact there were two swinging bridges but that seems to be the case.

Salt Fork River Swing Bridge
Posted June 24, 2015, by R.V. Hageman (rvhjr1945 [at] gmail [dot] com)

New picture from Don Claypool is not like we remember this bridge. However it is identified and in the correct location. Maybe it was a second bridge nearby although that seems unlikely. None of us knew that it was used to transport coal across the river at one time. I did know there were mines on the north side of the river. I always heard there was a RR spur than ran down the river to haul coal. Interesting to find something that predates us or my Dad for that matter. Doesn't happen much anymore.