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Little America Rest Area Bridge


Side view

Side view of the bowstring pony truss bridge

Photo taken by Fmiser in 2012

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #231771


Street View 


The bridge is spanning flat ground, so it's easy to see the underside. The approaches are NOT flush, so it's a sizable step up onto the deck. The structure appears to be well maintained and in good repair.


Bowstring pony truss bridge over Park on Pedestrian Trail
Fulton County, Illinois
Open to pedestrians
Built ca.1875
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Bowstring pony truss
Span length: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 60.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.39484, -90.07574   (decimal degrees)
40°23'41" N, 90°04'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/748187/4475688 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint David
Inventory number
BH 49863 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
  • October 12, 2014: New photos from Steve Conro
  • June 1, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder: King
  • June 1, 2012: New photos from Fmiser
  • May 11, 2012: New photo from Fmiser
  • May 10, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Changed builders name to match existing category
  • October 18, 2011: New Street View added by James McCray
  • October 18, 2011: Added by J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com


Little America Rest Area Bridge
Posted October 18, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

from fuzzy street view, it looks like a bowstring of some type.

Looks like we need to make a trip to confirm it! hint, hint

Little America Rest Area Bridge
Posted October 18, 2011, by J.P.

this bridge is listed in the Historic Bridges of Illinois. It does not list bridge type, based on Google satellite I'm guessing a pony bowstring. But I could be wrong. If anyone has any info feel free to post it.