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Ninth Street Seven Arch Stone Bridge





BH Photo #165430


Lost stone arch bridge over Deep Run Creek on Old 9th Street in Lockport
Lockport, Will County, Illinois
Removed after partial collapse due to flood.
Built 1868; closed 1971; damaged by flooding in March 2011 and removed
- Julius Scheibe
Seven Arch Stone Bridge
Length of largest span: 23.9 ft.
Total length: 191.9 ft.
Deck width: 21.6 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 20, 2004
Also called
Old 9th Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.59120, -88.06441   (decimal degrees)
41°35'28" N, 88°03'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/411285/4604936 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
IL 099-6503 (Illinois bridge number)
NRHP 04000866 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 15750 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 23, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status based on posting
  • May 16, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Changed name, added year built, builder and NRHP data



Ninth Street Seven Arch Stone Bridge
Posted November 27, 2011, by Anonymous

I was going to mention how it is now collapsed, but I see others have already done so. Here is a link to a couple of excellent photos of it. Sad. Time passes on.


Ninth Street Seven Arch Stone Bridge
Posted May 23, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

Usually when I see ropes attached from railings on bridges it is for some stream output measuring device, like how much cubic feet per second, volume, for flood predictions. There might even be a NOAA or local college sticker affixed next to it. Once there were ropes on a bridge over a high dry gulch but it was for a pair of students trying to get into shape by scaling and descending the sides.

The rope length seems to rule out suicide, it is close to the wheelbarrow nearby, and construction workers could have placed the rope there as well. Many if not most suicides on bridges are people just jumping off, Aurora Bridge, Tacoma Narrows, Golden Gate, etc, places with high distances above ground. Ropes and deaths, well that reminds me of lynchings, mob vigilantes, and the Klan. Easier to attach to the overhead bracing of a truss than side of an arch since many in the angry crowd wanted to watch the proceedings.

Ninth Street Seven Arch Stone Bridge
Posted May 23, 2011, by dan (pac0baby [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Why is there a noose hanging from the bridge? Did someone commit suicide?

Ninth Street Seven Arch Stone Bridge
Posted May 17, 2011, by Mike (mikesjrs [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has now been completely demolished. It suffered a partial collapse in March, and is now completely gone.

Ninth Street Seven Arch Stone Bridge
Posted March 10, 2011, by Nathan Holth

This bridge has been damaged in floods. http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/4231538-418/historic-bri...

Ninth Street Seven Arch Stone Bridge
Posted July 15, 2010, by Anonymous

It's interesting in the satelite picture, if you move over to the canal you can see a sunken structure in the canal. If I'm not mistaken, that is the remains of the old butterfly dam that used to be just upstream of that location where the canal narrows. The butterfly dam used to look like a through truss railroad bridge....except it was on two limestone pylons in the center of the canal and aligned with the centerline of the canal. It sat parallel to the canal out in the middle of it. The butterfly dam was meant as an emergency shut-off valve, I think, that would turn across the width of the canal at that narrow section there, to shut off the flow of water in case the lock gates were ever to collapse and let the canal water flow un-checked. There is at least one post card that shows them actually testing it and it holding back the entire 26 foot depth of water. It worked!

Ninth Street Seven Arch Stone Bridge
Posted July 15, 2010, by Anonymous

This bridge used to lead to a through truss swing bridge that crossed the Chicago Sanitary and ship canal. It would be just out of the picture on the left side of picture number 4. Does anyone have pictures of the 9th street swing bridge? They are hard to come by. The swing bridge was taken out of service the same time this one was because there was a new hi-rise concrete bridge that didn't need to be opened for canal traffic.