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Swift's Bridge

Map 

Brief History 

Written by Mike Roegner

Swift’s bridge was built near Swift’s Mill, located just north of where Glenburn Creek runs into the Middle Fork River. Dannell McCallum’s book "Guide to the Big Vermilion River System" describes it as "a typical steel truss bridge" so I guess that will have to do until a photo turns up.
In September of 1964, Laneil Construction Company of Tilton, IL was given the contract to build a concrete replacement bridge. The replacement was originally supposed to be built north of Swift’s bridge, which would allow traffic to still use the road. Plans were changed and the replacement was built in the same location as the truss bridge, though at a different angle. A spokesman for the company said the old bridge would probably be removed in early October, 1964.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Middle Fork Vermilion River on Kickapoo Park Road
Location
Vermilion County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Replaced in 1964
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.13686, -87.74571   (decimal degrees)
40°08'13" N, 87°44'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/436473/4443213 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Danville NW
Inventory number
BH 47119 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Illinois (4,470)
Lost (22,252)
Lost 1964 (64)
Lost during 1960s (614)
Owned by township (2,498)
Replaced by new bridge (14,842)
Through truss (14,036)
Truss (31,224)
Vermilion County, Illinois (117)

Update Log 

  • December 4, 2010: Essay added by Mike Roegner
  • November 27, 2010: Updated by Mike Roegner: Corrected name
  • November 26, 2010: Added by Mike Roegner

Sources 

  • Mike Roegner