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Tarters Ferry Bridge


South portal and approach

The deck is gone. A tree has damaged the west truss. But the bridge is still there.

Photo taken by Fmiser in July 2012

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


BH Photo #234677



Lost Parker through truss bridge over Spoon River on Tarters Ferry Lane
Fulton County, Illinois
Destroyed by flooding in 2013
Built ca. 1880. Abandoned 1992. One of the nine bridges submitted to NRHP in "Metal Highway Bridges of Fulton County Thematic Resources", 1980-10-29
Pin-connected Parker through truss with stringer approach spans
Span length: 182.0 ft.
Total length: 182.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 29, 1980
Also called
Tarter Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.44618, -90.35061   (decimal degrees)
40°26'46" N, 90°21'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/724685/4480651 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 80001363 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 45752 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (16,419)
Destroyed by flood (547)
Fulton County, Illinois (37)
Illinois (4,851)
Lost (27,328)
Lost 2013 (375)
Lost during 2010s (3,501)
NR-listed (3,005)
Parker through truss (1,367)
Parker truss (1,758)
Pin-connected (4,363)
Span length 175-250 feet (2,041)
Steel stringer (6,571)
Through truss (16,243)
Total length 175-250 feet (4,389)
Truss (34,672)

Update Log 

  • July 23, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Destroyed by flooding
  • July 13, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Captioned photos
  • July 10, 2012: New photos from Fmiser
  • July 8, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: added to history, added approach spans
  • July 7, 2012: New photo from Fmiser
  • July 29, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth



Tarters Ferry Bridge
Posted January 5, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Here's a picture of it in the water:


Tarters Ferry Bridge
Posted July 25, 2013, by Phil Hammond (phillip_hammond [at] att [dot] net)

R.I.P Tarters Ferry Bridge

Tarters Ferry Bridge
Posted July 23, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

*sigh* I liked that bridge...

I'm sure the tree stuck in the upstream web was a big contributing factor to it getting washed off the caissons. I sure hope the bridge in Bernadotte does better.


Last year when I was there one of the piers was in poor shape. Photo labeled "South east pier damage"

Tarters Ferry Bridge
Posted July 23, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Tarters Ferry Bridge
Posted July 23, 2013, by Ross Brown (bluehavanaross [at] gmail [dot] com)

Destroyed by a flood in the spring of 2013 (from the Bernadotte Bridge facebook page).