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Blue Point Bridge

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Blue Point Bridge

The Decatur Herald: July 27 1966

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BH Photo #442171

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Overview
Lost Pony truss bridge over Blue Point Creek
Location
Effingham County, Illinois
Status
Collapsed
Design
Pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.11647, -88.59772   (decimal degrees)
39°06'59" N, 88°35'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/361874/4330916 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 84124 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Collapsed (309)
Effingham County, Illinois (36)
Have street view (25,338)
Illinois (4,447)
Lost (22,103)
Lost 1966 (57)
Lost during 1960s (593)
Owned by county (19,990)
Pony truss (15,663)
Truss (31,114)
Wooden deck (5,992)

Update Log 

  • January 12, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 12, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch

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Comments 

Blue Point Bridge
Posted January 13, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Art, thanks. I definitely need a Bridge Hunting 101 course.

Blue Point Bridge
Posted January 13, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Melissa,

If you stay with it, and you get a sense for how the various designs work, you'll start seeing how each maker solved the design issues and details before standardization. It's almost like an artist's signature style.

Here is a bridge with similar characteristics: http://bridgehunter.com/oh/putnam/6931928/

In my opinion, CBW made particularly elegant and usually ethereal bridges. A particularly nice example is Peevy Road Bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/pa/montgomery/467046040002310/

Gallman is pretty as well: http://bridgehunter.com/oh/licking/gallman-road/

This little bowstring is the only CBW built bridge still existing in IL that is listed on Bridgehunter: http://bridgehunter.com/il/adams/bh53514/

Regards,

Art S.

Blue Point Bridge
Posted January 13, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Art, it amazes me you can tell that from this photo. I'll read the article Nathan wrote too.

Blue Point Bridge
Posted January 12, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Melissa,

I am not certain it is. However, there are clues in the design, The vertical elements are single, rolled, beams while other elements indicate an early pin connected truss. David Morrison (the company's founder) was quite creative and innovative. He used these rolled beams instead of built up beams decades before others did. The designs tend to be simple slender and elegant.

Nathan has a nice write-up about the company on his site. I blame him for getting me hooked on them :^)

Regards,

Art S.

Blue Point Bridge
Posted January 12, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks to whomever mapped this

Blue Point Bridge
Posted January 12, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

How do you know it's CBW ?

Blue Point Bridge
Posted January 12, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Ooooh! CBW? (Columbia Bridge Works?)

Nice find!

Blue Point Bridge
Posted January 12, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I could not find a West Fayette road so I left the location open.