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CWR - Calumet River Swing Bridge



Photo taken by John McCarthy

View this photo at encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org

BH Photo #465703


Although owned by the PRR, the line was still referred to as the Calumet Western Railroad at the time the bridge was removed.


Lost Pratt through truss swing bridge over Calumet River on Calumet Western Railroad.
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Removed but not replaced
Built 1902; damaged and closed May, 1962; Removed Jan, 1965
- Calumet Western Railway
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Swing Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.67052, -87.55681   (decimal degrees)
41°40'14" N, 87°33'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/453649/4613345 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88090 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1902 (590)
Built during 1900s (7,688)
Calumet Western Railway (1)
Chicago, Illinois (332)
Cook County, Illinois (491)
Illinois (4,947)
Lost (29,315)
Lost 1965 (99)
Lost during 1960s (1,006)
Movable (3,139)
Pennsylvania Railroad (1,056)
Pratt through truss (6,148)
Pratt truss (10,431)
Railroad (16,559)
Swing (1,578)
Through truss (17,374)
Truss (36,151)

Update Log 

  • December 8, 2021: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • December 8, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added and modified information
  • December 5, 2020: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • February 6, 2020: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 5, 2020: Updated by Luke: Bridge was a Pennsylvania Railroad span
  • February 5, 2020: New photo from Douglas Butler



CWI - Calumet River Bridge (Older)
Posted February 5, 2020, by Luke

Historicaerials shows a swing bridge on the PRR to the east of the CWI bascule.

CWI - Calumet River Bridge (Older)
Posted February 5, 2020, by Douglas Butler

I think this is the wrong info here it said swing bridge of 1963, could it be the wrong information ? because it looks like is if this swing bridge was replaced with a bascule bridge in 1912 something doesn't add up.