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CN - Big Muddy River Bridge



Photo taken Oct. 2000 by David Birckhead

BH Photo #102213

Street View 


Three-span concrete arch bridge over Big Muddy River on Canadian National Railway
Jackson County, Illinois
Still in use
Built 1902
- G.H. Scribner Jr. of Chicago, Illinois (Contractor)
- German-American Portland Cement Co. of Hamburg, Germany & LaSalle, Illinois. (Concrete Mix)
- Henry Williams Parkhurst of Chicago, Illinois (IC Bridge Designer)
- Walter E. Angier
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 420.0 ft.
Also called
IC - Big Muddy River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.78597, -89.22372   (decimal degrees)
37°47'09" N, 89°13'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/304184/4184396 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
De Soto
Land survey
T. 8 S., R. 1 W., Sec. 33 (Desoto Twp.)
Inventory number
BH 15341 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 3, 2022: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Walter E. Angier"
  • September 7, 2020: New photos from Steve Conro
  • September 18, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from IC Track Profile
  • December 1, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • July 23, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • December 15, 2016: New photo from Dave King
  • December 13, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added builders
  • December 13, 2016: New photos from Dave King
  • April 18, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • April 17, 2010: New photos from Robert Stephenson
  • March 10, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: minor change in GPS
  • June 25, 2009: New photos from John Christeson
  • September 19, 2008: New photos from Kim Harvey
  • September 6, 2006: Posted photos from David Birckhead

Related Bridges 



CN - Big Muddy River Bridge
Posted September 26, 2019, by Jana Hinkley (hinkley8 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here is an old family photo of (what looks like) the Big Muddy River Bridge. My husband's great grandfather was Anson A Hinkley (1857-1920), who had an apple orchard north of Du Bois in Washington County. Anson's son George Meech Hinkley (1886-1975) farmed and had an orchard near Ashley, also in Washington County.

Big Muddy ICRR Bridge
Posted February 1, 2011, by William Parkhurst (will [dot] parkhurst [at] verizon [dot] net)

Designed by Henry Williams Parkhurst