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Fall Creek Bridge


North side

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Stone arch bridge over Fall Creek just north of 223rd Lane (Payson Lane)
Adams County, Illinois
Open to pedestrians only
Completed October 8, 1855, by Joseph C. Elliott. Made obsolete by new bridge in 1949.
- Joseph C. Elliott of Payson, Illinois
Stone arch
Span length: 55.9 ft.
Total length: 55.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1996
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.79202, -91.29064   (decimal degrees)
39°47'31" N, 91°17'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/646356/4406071 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 96001282 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 14984 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,397)
Adams County, Illinois (64)
Arch (12,823)
Built 1855 (57)
Built during 1850s (622)
Deck arch (12,045)
Illinois (5,039)
Joseph C. Elliott (6)
NR-listed (3,027)
Open to pedestrians (4,678)
Stone arch (3,344)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,812)

Update Log 

  • December 17, 2018: New photos from Jeremy Ruble
  • February 16, 2016: New photos from James Baughn
  • May 14, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • April 3, 2006: Posted new photos



Fall Creek Bridge
Posted November 4, 2010, by Elizabeth Davis (libby0936 [at] msn [dot] com)

My Father, Omer Megehe, took me to see this bridge around 1948 or 49. At that time you could still drive up to the east end of the bridge. He was born a short distance east of that area in 1894, and lived there until a teenager. He told me a story about a neighbor boy who came to their house and begged to ride their only horse. My grandfather James, finally said he could, but not to ride him across the bridge because he was shy of it. Sometime later, the boy came walking down the road crying. He had tried to take the horse across the bridge. The horse had reared, he fell to the ground and the horse went over the side into the gorge.

I have visited this stone bridge many times over the years. It is one of my favorite places, I love it there. When the State finally decided to fix up the area and protect the bridge, I was very happy because people were starting to carry away some of the large stones atop the bridge. Last Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, I took my granddaughter to visit the bridge. Not having been there for a few years, I was dismayed to see the park had since been closed. The bridge area is covered with weeds and the path down to the water is nearly impassible. I can see that some of the motor from earlier repairs is crumbling. What a tragic thing to let this peice of history fall into ruin. I hope that someone can get the State to do something about the condition before it is too late. I intend to write a letter to the State, to see if something can be done to have this peice of history saved.

Fall Creek Bridge
Posted August 3, 2010, by Diane Clark (graciehillfarm [at] juno [dot] com)

Hi Larry,

My mother used to tell me about how she and her sister and cousins would go swimming in the "hollow" at Fall Creek, near the stone bridge. Her family would have picnics by the creek. She also said there used to be a lot of what they called "Billy Gars" in the creek, but they weren't afraid of them. Mom said the gars would just circle them and leave them alone.

Diane Clark

Fall Creek Bridge
Posted December 9, 2006, by Larry Uebner (BankOmaha [at] cox [dot] net)

My father, Lawrence A. Uebner, was born in Fall Creek Twp.in 1907. He and his brother attended the Bluff Hall Church. They used to use an old swimming hole just off the bridge. I visited the bridge in the 1980s. Thank you for the photos.