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Old Iron Bridge



Aerial imagery suggests that Lally columns remain on the west bank


Lost bowstring pony truss bridge over Little Wabash River on CR 525N
Wayne County, Illinois
Collapsed and not replaced
Built ca. 1865; collapsed August 1989
Main span: Bowstring pony truss
Approaches: Two pin-connected Pratt pony truss spans
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.33126, -88.20765   (decimal degrees)
38°19'53" N, 88°12'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/394448/4243260 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 2 S., R. 9 E., Sec. 21
Inventory number
BH 83056 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (7,341)
Bowstring pony truss (261)
Bowstring truss (520)
Built during 1860s (481)
Collapsed (370)
Illinois (4,586)
Little Wabash River (45)
Lost (23,932)
Lost 1989 (180)
Lost during 1980s (1,330)
Pony truss (16,036)
Pratt pony truss (3,587)
Pratt truss (9,140)
Truss (32,321)
Wayne County, Illinois (34)

Update Log 

  • October 7, 2018: Added by James Baughn


Old Iron Bridge
Posted November 7, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thank you Clark. I was an hour away from home, alone, and unsure what to do . I thanked him and went on my way to the next one.

Old Iron Bridge
Posted November 7, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Although it's best to avoid confrontation with people, I always try to verify claims of ownership when denied access. I have often run into folks posting land, plowing over unused roads, placing gates, or openly claiming control over public land. In only one case has that claim been valid when checked against official records.

You might start with the county road people here:


Sometimes approaching from another direction avoids signs or people. If you find it's public land carry the name and phone number of a county contact and try again, politely of course.

(If all else fails I'll loan you my tank.)

Old Iron Bridge
Posted November 7, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

On Wednesday October 24th I asked for and was denied permission to photograph the Lally columns. The landowner did confirm the remains of the columns and possibly an abutment.