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Cherry Shoals Bridge

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Cherry Shoals Bridge

Photo taken by Melissa Brand-Welch in October 2018

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BH Photo #435801

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Baltimore through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on TR 308 / CR 1450 E
Location
White County, Illinois
Status
Abandoned with deck missing
History
Built ca. 1878 by the Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Works
Builder
- Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Works of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Design
Wrought iron, pinned Baltimore through truss
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.17092, -88.10519   (decimal degrees)
38°10'15" N, 88°06'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/403191/4225356 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Crossville
Inventory number
BH 44898 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 30, 2018: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 28, 2018: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 16, 2018: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 8, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 7, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Updated name per USGS map
  • October 5, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • April 17, 2010: Added by Kim Harvey

Sources 

  • Kim Harvey
  • Big Dog Adventures
  • Luke
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 30, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Melissa hope you find MANY more 1878 Bridges! Thanks for making the Journey.

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 30, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thank you very much. This was the first bridge I photographed four weeks ago.

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 30, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Nice!

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 29, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looking at pic #9, these endposts are like nothing I have seen before. I originally thought they were paired channels, but looking closer I see 2 sets of paired angles. The outside pair are laced together but it's hard to tell with the inside set.

I really want to swoop in and save this one!

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 21, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tony, I will never look at my briefcase the same ever again lol

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 20, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I dub this style of plaque the "Briefcase Plaque"!

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 8, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

If the specs were for concrete fill on their columns they need to hunt down the contractor for repairs.

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 8, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Bridge is remote but basically easily accessible from both sides.

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 7, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Fantastic! And very old!

Light rolled endposts suggest 1870's

This bridge needs to be rescued before that caisson gives out!

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 7, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

View of other column/support...

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 7, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Close Up View Of Damaged Column/Support...

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 7, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

View from below...

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 7, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Looking across the river toward Crossville...

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 7, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Column/Support...

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 7, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Barricade...

Cherry Shoals Bridge
Posted October 7, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Road to bridge from the Centerville side...

Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 6, 2018, by Melissa Brand Welch (Melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thank you for the positive comments. Yes, it was about 6pm Central when I was there.

Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 6, 2018, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice work Melissa!

Nathan, from the lighting, it looks like the sun is behind the photographer. If the camera clock is accurate, the photos were taken late afternoon - and so she probably approached from the south.

Incidentally, google-earth image 2016-10-22 shows a stunning shadow of the bridge on the water.

Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 5, 2018, by Luke

Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Works based on it being the exact same plaque design as https://bridgehunter.com/in/elkhart/bh77017/

Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 5, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The plaque has "Milwaukee" on it but I can't distinguish which of the four builder categories it might be. Perhaps someone familiar with the companies' plaques may recognize more.

Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 5, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

This is the Road Closed sign on County Road 1450 E near Crossville.

Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 5, 2018, by Melissa Brand Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I do not know directions. I followed Google Maps from my house in Carmi. It took less than 15 minutes to get there. Drove down a now dead end road, parked and walked the rest of the way. Road was quite clear. As to the sign on top, I was unable to read it.

Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 4, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Melissa: Thanks for sharing these photos. Wow! This is a unique bridge with some unusual design details. Is that Milwaukee I see on the bridge plaque? How did you get back to this bridge? Did you approach from the north or south side, and did you have to walk back?

Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 4, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thursday October 4th 2018

Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 4, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thursday October 4th 2018

Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 4, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thursday October 4th 2018