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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 (7,652)
A-frame portal (426)
Built 1898 (306)
Built during 1890s (2,999)
Camelback truss (377)
Charleston, Illinois (14)
Coles County, Illinois (45)
Embarras River (Illinois) (16)
Illinois (4,742)
Lost (25,203)
NR-listed (2,963)
Pin-connected (3,940)
Through truss (15,260)
Truss (33,099)
Wooden deck (6,085)

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 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.