West side, looking North
Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in February 2009
BH Photo #133127
Located approximately two hundred feet downstream from the Illinois 130 Bridge, in 1981 the bridge was being used as the detour bridge on the highway. Built in 1907, it replaced an iron through-truss at the same location. It is a triple arch, earth-filled, steel-reinforced concrete structure. The location of the bridge was the site of Benjamin Parker's mill in the 1830s. It historically has been a gathering spot for Hutton and Charleston Township residents and was the scene of many early social and religious activities, including baptisms. In 1981, the bridge is one of only four earth-filled, steel-reinforced bridges in the twelve area counties that comprise Illinois Highway District 5.
IDOT Bid tabulations show that in 2008 a contract was let to replace the railings with what appear to be replicas and also perform some other repairs to the bridge. Attached is a section from the plans showing the replacement railing.
My 91 year old father tells me that his father, Raymond Hampton, helped build this bridge. Are there any records that list names of the crew that worked on this bridge?
C. 1910 postcard of the Blakeman's Bridge, Old Rt. 130, Coles Co., IL