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Rocky Ford Bridge

Photos 

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BH Photo #185686

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Salt Fork Vermilion River on N850E Road
Location
Vermilion County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built ca. 1910, replaced in 1980
Builder
- Attica Bridge Co. of Attica, Indiana
Design
Main span: 9-panel Warren through truss
Approach: Three 5-panel Warren pony truss spans
Also called
Singing Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.08283, -87.78102   (decimal degrees)
40°04'58" N, 87°46'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/433412/4437242 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oakwood
Inventory number
BH 46913 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 4, 2011: New photos from Mike Roegner
  • February 23, 2011: Updated by Mike Roegner: Added alternate name
  • November 10, 2010: Added by Mike Roegner

Sources 

  • Mike Roegner

Comments 

Rocky Ford Bridge
Posted December 22, 2013, by Dan Turner (turnerda6 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The singing bridge has a special spot in my memory banks. My grandparents, Sant and Stella Day, lived close on the south banks of the river and slightly east. I returned to see the "old home place" last year and it is gone. I was even more disappointed to see the one-lane concrete road has been replaced along with the singing bridge.

Rocky Ford Bridge
Posted March 4, 2011, by Mike Roegner (roegner [at] soltec [dot] net)

I've posted a couple of views of the Rocky Ford bridge taken by Clarence Todd Church. My info says the bridge was built in 1933, but I'm sure these are views from 1910. The 1933 bridge may have been a rebuild or a replacement. I don't know the full story. The bridge became known as the Singing Bridge after the deck was replaced with expanded metal mesh. Car tires rolling over the mesh create a high pitch "singing" noise.

Singing Bridge
Posted November 10, 2010, by Christopher Fisher (cfisher [at] mailbag [dot] com)

Another childhood memory. We would often travel over this when going to visit my aunt and uncle who lived near Fairmount. Another single slab road, too. I remember the hills that approached the bridge were quite steep, especially from the south approach.