4 votes

Little Wabash River Overflow Bridge


East end

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in September 2007


BH Photo #134751

Street View 


Steel stringer bridge over Little Wabash River Overflow on Fr-2114 (Old US 50)
Clay County, Illinois
Closed to all traffic
Built 1923
Steel stringer
Total length: 500.0 ft.
Deck width: 21.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.68833, -88.31160   (decimal degrees)
38°41'18" N, 88°18'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/385927/4283007 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clay City
Inventory number
BH 41233 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (16,885)
Brick railing (14)
Built 1923 (641)
Built during 1920s (10,256)
Clay County, Illinois (23)
Closed (2,760)
Have street view (28,910)
Illinois (4,929)
NR-eligible (4,107)
Owned by state (16,555)
Steel stringer (6,713)
Total length 500-1000 feet (3,061)
US 50 (109)

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2022: New photo from Bambi Sharkoman
  • October 6, 2012: New photos from James Baughn
  • October 17, 2010: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • September 8, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Future prospects
  • March 2, 2009: Added by Robert Stephenson



Little Wabash River Overflow Bridge
Posted January 20, 2015, by Mark Shannon

As of 2014 this bridge, and the others along Old U.S. 50 are still standing.

Little Wabash River Overflow Bridge
Posted October 17, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its fascinating to see that Illinois and IDOT have so much money that they can spend money destroying heritage that isn't in the way of anything and has been left standing for many years with no problems. How wonderful it is to see tax dollars spent on things like this instead of bridge preservation, road repaving, or even other such silly things like crime prevention, etc. Why waste money on those sorts of things when we can demolish a historic bridge?

Little Wabash River Overflow Bridge
Posted October 16, 2010, by Anonymous

I am a resident of neighboring Wayne County and drove by these bridges once in awhile in my childhood. I was always fascinated by the brickwork on the guard rails. It's a real shame they want to tear them down; they don't build 'em pretty like that anymore. I'll have to make one more trip to see them one last time...