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18th Street Bridge (1868)

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over South Branch Chicago River on 18th Streeet
Location
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1868; Replaced 1888
Builder
- Fox & Howard
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.85772, -87.63460   (decimal degrees)
41°51'28" N, 87°38'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/447326/4634174 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Englewood
Inventory number
BH 70111 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 22, 2015: Added by Luke

Sources 

  • Luke

Comments 

18th Street Bridge (Oldest)
Posted March 29, 2020, by J Ryan (jaryan1095 [at] aol [dot] com)

The 1857 Blanchard map of Chicago shows a bridge at this location for the Pittsburgh Ft Wayne & Chicago Railroad. The 1857 Palmatary Bird's-eye-view map of Chicago, while not including 18th Street, shows a train depot on the north side of the South Branch of the Chicago River that could only be accessible from the south by an 18th Street bridge. Have you already checked with the Chicago History Museum to determine if this was the oldest bridge at this location?