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Bernadotte Bridge


Photo taken by Dale Travis in November 2009

BH Photo #214945

Street View 


Pratt through truss bridge over Spoon River on former CH 2 in Bernadotte
Bernadotte, Fulton County, Illinois
closed to all traffic with southeast approach placed on blocks nearby
Future prospects
A local group wants to restore this bridge for pedestrian use.
Built 1915 by the Central States Bridge Company of Indianapolis, formerly carried CH 2 traffic, converted to pedestrian use in 1980. One of the nine bridges submitted to NRHP in "Metal Highway Bridges of Fulton County Thematic Resources".
- Carnegie Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
- Central States Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
1 pratt pony truss span (riveted), south east approach
1 pratt through truss span (riveted), main span
1 concrete girder, north west approach
Length of largest span: 160.0 ft.
Total length: 265.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 29, 1980
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.40369, -90.32093   (decimal degrees)
40°24'13" N, 90°19'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/727345/4476010 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
460 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 80001360 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 37340 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 25, 2014: New photos from Elliott Johnson
  • April 27, 2014: Updated by Elliott Johnson: updated status to show collapse of approach
  • April 24, 2014: New photo from Elliott Johnson
  • September 9, 2012: New photo from Steve Conro
  • July 13, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Captioned photos
  • July 11, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added Carnegie Steel Co.
  • July 10, 2012: New photos from Fmiser
  • July 8, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Added categories "Wooden deck", "8-panel truss", "Riveted"
  • September 26, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and corrected date
  • July 29, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added GPS.
  • August 28, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey

Related Bridges 



Bernadotte Bridge
Posted August 27, 2016, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)
Bernadotte Bridge
Posted March 14, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

For travelers info, I note the Google images show the pony truss in storage south of the bridge location just north of Tarters Ferry Road

Bernadotte Bridge
Posted August 30, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Another article on the work being done:


Sounds like they could use some help!

Bernadotte Bridge
Posted August 28, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Bernadotte Bridge
Posted October 12, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Write-up the mentions the bridge that includes a picture from a different angle:


Bernadotte Bridge
Posted September 20, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There is definitely an urgency here...

Not only do they need yo get the pony out of the drink, but they need to raise enough money to lift the main span off of those rapidly failing abutments before it falls as well!

Get it on dry land and repair it and build a new, higher and more substantial substructure to place it on.

Bernadotte Bridge
Posted September 20, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Bernadotte Bridge
Posted April 10, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is a historical article discussing construction of this bridge and with photo of previous bridge at location.

Bernadotte Bridge
Posted March 23, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Bernadotte Bridge
Posted March 15, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The abutment of the pony truss likely heaved inward and essentially pulled the pony off of the pier. But it is obvious that the pier is also compromised and action will need to be taken soon or the main span could suffer the same fate. The through truss needs to be lifted and set aside and the pony pulled from the creek where they can both be rehabbed. A new, higher foundation would allow the bridge to be safely placed back over the river.

I do know that they hired the engineering firm I used to work for. This was a couple years ago and I'm not sure what the current status is except that the community wanted to save the bridge.

Bernadotte Bridge
Posted March 15, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the report, Anthony.

It probably wasn't the pier, but the abutment otherwise the main span would have collapsed too. I'm sure the recent flood contributed, but it was in trouble before that. In my photo "South east abutment" from 2012 July you can see the abutment was crumbling even then.


Bernadotte Bridge
Posted March 14, 2014, by Anthony (ascriven1 [at] juno [dot] com)

Local news reported tonight that the southeast approach span has collapsed into the Spoon River. Apparently the stone pier that was damaged in last year's flooding was finished off by this years. Hard telling how long the rest will last.

Bernadotte Bridge
Posted February 14, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good to know it's still there! Flooding of the Spoon River took out the Tarters Ferry Rd bridge http://bridgehunter.com/il/fulton/tarters-ferry/ just a few miles upstream. Looks like maybe that same flood damaged the south abutment.

I'm sure hoping something is done to repair - or at least stabilize - the pier and abutment soon.

Bernadotte Bridge
Posted February 12, 2014, by Elliott Johnson (elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was in this area today and it looks like the southeast approach is starting to collapse. I took quite a few pictures (somewhat impeded by the snow) and noticed that the southeast approach was sinking and the gate was in pretty bad shape.

Bernadotte Bridge
Posted May 28, 2012, by Jeff Dege (jdege [at] jdege [dot] us)

Was there on 5/28/2012. Pedestrian access was blocked.

Bernadotte Bridge
Posted September 26, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good for them... as it will be done right!

Here's a link to that story:


Bernadotte Bridge
Posted September 26, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Good news: The group working to save this bridge has hired J. A. Barker Engineering to design a restoration of this bridge.

Bernadotte Bridge
Posted November 19, 2009, by Dale Travis (daletravis [at] bigfoot [dot] com)

Photos taken 11-4-09.