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Delray Bridge


View Of Bridge, Looking North From West Hank

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #130972



Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Spring Creek on E1200N Road
Iroquois County, Illinois
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1883 in Concord Township, relocated to this location in 1931, replaced in 2002
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Pin-connected, 10-panel Whipple through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.67838, -88.00795   (decimal degrees)
40°40'42" N, 88°00'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/414818/4503544 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Onarga West
Inventory numbers
BH 38440 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


10-panel truss (158)
19th Century (7,747)
Built 1883 (162)
Built during 1880s (2,035)
HAER documented (1,108)
Illinois (4,764)
Iroquois County, Illinois (71)
King Bridge Co. (380)
Lost (25,687)
Lost 2002 (484)
Lost during 2000s (4,236)
Owned by state (16,155)
Pin-connected (3,978)
Replaced by new bridge (17,338)
Through truss (15,426)
Truss (33,369)
Whipple truss (399)
Wrought Iron (404)

Update Log 

  • March 3, 2013: Updated by Gene Smania: added IDOT inventory number
  • December 28, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey


  • Kim Harvey
  • HAER IL-35 - Delray Bridge, Spanning Spring Creek, Delrey, Iroquois County, IL
  • Jacob P. Bernard


Delray Bridge
Posted January 28, 2012, by Gene Smania

The local story was that the bridge was originally built further east in the county. When they replaced it with a new bridge it was relocated to this location. Because it was an eye-bar design they were able to add or subtract parts to make it fit at this location--like an oversized Erector Set. It was the last Whipple truss in this IDOT district.

Delray Bridge
Posted March 11, 2011, by Gene Smania

Bridge was located on East 1200 North Road about 1 mile east of US 45, northeast of the village of Del Rey.