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Fall Creek Branch Bridge


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Photo taken by James Baughn

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Bridge is west, just past farm field entrance, on north side of road. About 20 yards upstream of current concrete box culvert. Better accessed anytime other than summer/early fall due to undergrowth.


Stringer bridge with stone abutments over a branch of Fall Creek, just north of 223rd Lane (Payson Lane)
Adams County, Illinois
Abandoned and in jeopardy of collapsing
Steel stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.79157, -91.28724   (decimal degrees)
39°47'30" N, 91°17'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/646648/4406026 (zone/easting/northing)
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Inventory number
BH 14983 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,933)
Adams County, Illinois (63)
Beam (16,945)
Illinois (4,947)
Steel stringer (6,739)

Update Log 

  • April 27, 2016: New photos from K. Allen Ballard
  • April 5, 2016: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Drove past, April 4th, 2016, one of the steel slab stringers is indeed dropping into the creek. Gravity will do it's job soon.
  • October 1, 2014: Updated by K. Allen Ballard: Corrected location of bridge. Still standing Sept 2014.
  • April 3, 2006: Posted new photos


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Fall Creek Branch Bridge
Posted March 22, 2017, by Diane L Clark (graciehillfarm [at] juno [dot] com)

My mother used to tell me about how she and her family would go swimming in the creek under the bridge. She said there were huge Billy Gars (fish) in the creek, but they never bothered them. My great grandfather, Marion Rice, owned the general store in Fall Creek, next to the RR tracks, and earlier, he owned the farmhouse with the large barn and silos with the turquoise roofs at the intersection of the present day highway (36?) and the old highway 57 (I think) that runs from Quincy to Marblehead and then Fall Creek. I don't live in that area so am just going from memory.

My mom also said there was an old school house in the Fall Creek area where local folks used to picnic. I think the school was closed but the area people would use the school grounds for picnics.

The train would run from Quincy to Marblehead to Fall Creek and beyond. My grandmother would take the train to visit her relatives (Hickersons, Rice, Rollins) in the county.

So sad that so many area artifacts are either falling down or have been replaced. The last time I was in the area with my mother (who was born in Quincy), we drove up a road and ran across a scenic overlook that had an historical marker about Fall Creek, etc. It was looking pretty ragged at the time. I went back after Mom's death and couldn't even get up the road. It was closed. Very sad. I know my relatives in Adam's County pay some seriously high taxes. Why aren't the historical areas being maintained? They mean a lot to some people. Do we have to start a campaign? I look at what's left of Creightown Cemetery outside of Marblehead and it breaks my heart, how so much of it has been swallowed up by the trees and field grass. Not to mention the damage and destruction to the remaining headstones. Isn't there anyone there, in the area, who still cares and can do something about it? I live far away but I'd be willing to try to help!