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White's Ferry Bridge


Distant View To North

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #156298


The White's Ferry or Buckeye Bridge is a three span, steel structure with a pin-connected, Parker Through truss as the main span. A representative example of early development of steel truss bridge construction in Illinois, the White's Ferry Bridge is one of only six pin-connected highway bridges of this truss type in the state. Its listing on the National Register of Historic Places is part of a thematic historic district that demonstrates truss bridge development within the scenic Spoon River Valley, a relatively concentrated and easily definable rural area. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER IL-119)


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Spoon River on TR 209
Fulton County, Illinois
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1910; replaced 1994. One of the nine bridges submitted to NRHP in "Metal Highway Bridges of Fulton County Thematic Resources", 1980-10-29
- Springfield Bridge & Iron Co.
Pin-connected, 10-panel Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 180.1 ft.
Total length: 216.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Also called
Buckeye Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.53181, -90.31090   (decimal degrees)
40°31'55" N, 90°18'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/727763/4490260 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
IL 029-3096 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 44255 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 8, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Added to history
  • February 26, 2010: Added by Robert Stephenson


  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • HAER IL-119 - White's Ferry Bridge, Spanning Spoon River at Township Road 209, Blyton vicinity, Fulton County, IL
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com