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Harrison Road Bridge


Photo taken by Dale Travis


BH Photo #112793


Lost Camelback through truss bridge over Embarras River on E. Harrison Road in Charleston
Charleston, Coles County, Illinois
Bypassed, abandoned, and later removed.
Built 1898
Pin-connected, 10-panel Camelback Pratt through truss
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 30, 1981
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.48920, -88.11332   (decimal degrees)
39°29'21" N, 88°06'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/404262/4371657 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Westfield West
Inventory numbers
NRHP 81000213 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 15085 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,083)
A-frame portal (532)
Built 1898 (334)
Built during 1890s (3,280)
Camelback truss (420)
Charleston, Illinois (14)
Coles County, Illinois (45)
Embarras River (Illinois) (18)
Illinois (4,954)
Lost (30,036)
NR-listed (3,016)
Pin-connected (5,061)
Through truss (17,891)
Truss (36,802)
Wooden deck (6,213)

Update Log 

  • April 16, 2019: New photo from Curtis Hudson
  • August 3, 2016: New photos from David Huffman
  • October 23, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Future prospects
  • April 17, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • February 21, 2009: New photos from Robert Stephenson



Harrison Road Bridge
Posted January 26, 2022, by Lisa Ruble (lisaruble0521 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It long served as a link between Charleston and Westfield. The Camelback Parker truss bridge was built in 1898 at a cost of $5,240. It was repaired in 1978 to allow for continued use. It was the only Camelback Parker bridge left in the county in 1981. The other example was the Illinois 130 bridge at Lake Charleston which was demolished in 1980. A new bridge was being constructed in 1981.

Journal Gazette, Mattoon


Harrison Road Bridge
Posted May 5, 2013, by Ross Brown (bluehavanaross [at] gmail [dot] com)

Google Maps appears to show that the bridge has been demolished.

Harrison Road Bridge
Posted October 23, 2010, by Robert Stephenson (seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The county has rehabilitated 3 Historical bridges in the past 2 years(with some help from government grants). It's a shame that this bridge couldn't be rehabilitated or moved to another area.

Harrison Road Bridge
Posted October 23, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A ridiculous assumption to make that this bridge "might" come down in a flood! So "might" the UCEB setting next to it. Granted it should be closed off from pedestrians until the floor could be repaired, but to tear it down altogether is just a waste!

Harrison Road Bridge
Posted October 23, 2010, by Jim Grey (mobilene [at] gmail [dot] com)
Harrison Road Bridge
Posted February 25, 2008, by Anthony Dillon (dillon [dot] fam [at] att [dot] net)

This looks very much like an Indiana Bridge Company span. The sectioning of panels and overall appearance look like two Camelbacks that remain in Deleware County, Indiana.