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Western Brick Company Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Gary Cziko in October 2012

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BH Photo #252642

Map 

Description 

This bridge once carried the narrow gauge railroad that Western Brick ran across the Salt Fork in order to haul clay from south of the river to the processing plant on the north.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Deck girder bridge over Salt Fork Vermilion River on former narrow gauge railroad
Location
Vermilion County, Illinois
Status
Most spans demolished
Design
Deck plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.11896, -87.67172   (decimal degrees)
40°07'08" N, 87°40'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/442761/4441176 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Danville SW
Inventory number
BH 56072 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Deck girder (4,897)
Girder (8,835)
Illinois (4,410)
Lost (20,714)
Plate girder (6,732)
Railroad (14,137)
Salt Fork Vermilion River (15)
Vermilion County, Illinois (117)

Update Log 

  • April 21, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Railroad"
  • April 21, 2013: Added by Jacob P. Bernard

Sources 

  • Jacob P. Bernard

Comments 

Western Brick Company Bridge
Posted March 3, 2015, by Michael Linne (mlinne [at] comcast [dot] net)

I think I have the train bell given to me by my Grandpa who worked there for years?

Unknown Railroad Bridge
Posted April 21, 2013, by Bob Hageman (hageman [at] fairpoint [dot] net)

Bridge might be the old narrow gauge that Western Brick ran across the Salt Fork in order to haul clay from south of the river to the processing plant on the north. The map leads directly north to the U Pull Auto Parts which was the site of Western Brick. That would also explain the brick construction of the piers. As kids Dad would take us for walks across the bridge on Sundays when the plant wasn't open. The nickname for the train was the dinky train because of its smaller size.