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CWR - Calumet River Swing Bridge

Photos 

Unnamed

Photo taken by John McCarthy

View this photo at encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org

BH Photo #465703

Description 

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

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss swing bridge over Calumet River on Calumet Western Railroad.
Location
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1902; damaged and closed May, 1962; Removed Jan, 1965
Railroads
- Calumet Western Railway
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Design
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)

Categories 

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

Sources 

Comments 

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.