Wayne DeMunn

About Me 

Born in DeKalb, IL and grew up in the rural area of southern Boone County, IL but went to school in Kirkland, IL. Our family spent alot of time in Belvidere during the 60s & 70s. Once out on my own I've lived in Kirkland, Genoa, Sycamore, Kingson, DeKalb and back to Kirkland. These days the family genealogy and local history of northern Illinois fills much of my spare time.

Bridges Photographed 

(In no particular order)


Pearl Street Bridge

Recent Updates 

Pearl Street Bridge (De Kalb County, Illinois)
Bridge over South Branch of the Kiswaukee River on Pearl Street
November 19, 2011: Updated by Wayne DeMunn: Bridge History, Builder
IR - Illinois River Bridge (Ottawa) (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Illinois River on Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad in Ottawa
November 15, 2011: Updated by Wayne DeMunn: Bridge History, Length of Bridge and Spans, Descriptions, Color Photo's.
IR - Illinois River Bridge (Ottawa) (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Illinois River on Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad in Ottawa
November 14, 2011: Essay added
IR - Illinois River Bridge (Ottawa) (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Illinois River on Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad in Ottawa
November 14, 2011: New photo
Pearl Street Bridge (De Kalb County, Illinois)
Bridge over South Branch of the Kiswaukee River on Pearl Street
November 14, 2011: Essay added
Pearl Street Bridge (De Kalb County, Illinois)
Bridge over South Branch of the Kiswaukee River on Pearl Street
November 13, 2011: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted November 15, 2011

Interesting story and great pics. I wonder how long ago that stretch of road was used last?

Posted November 14, 2011

This is an opinion on my part about the Pearl St Route from Kirkland to Belvidere and the importance of the bridges that allow travel north to Belvidere.

Their are 3 major grocery stores and 2 major discount dept stores on the south edge of Belvidere along with 3 major pharmacies. At 11 miles, this allows Kirkland residents their shortest distance for affordable necessities via a low traffic route.

From Kirkland, major shopping stores in Sycamore and DeKalb are further at 15-17 miles and Rockford 15-25 depending on which stores you choose. These are heavily urbanized areas and the traffic is much worse.