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Georgtown Road Bridge


Aerial View

Photo taken by IDOT in November 2008


BH Photo #185080


Street View 


Three-span pony truss bridge over Apple River on West Georgtown Road, .3 mi. northwest of Elizabeth
Jo Daviess County, Illinois
Destroyed by flooding on July 23/24, 2010
Built ca. 1890
3-span pinned Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 75.1 ft.
Total length: 206.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.32222, -90.23472   (decimal degrees)
42°19'20" N, 90°14'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/727863/4689256 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
Inventory numbers
IL 043-3099 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15375 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 14.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 17, 2012: New photos from John Imel
  • November 25, 2011: New photos from Steve Conro
  • November 8, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • July 26, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Bridge lost to flooding
  • May 17, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth



Georgtown Road Bridge
Posted October 3, 2010, by Stephan Parsons (scfarm [at] netins [dot] net)

Another view of the bridge as it lies in ruin. This is a stitch panorama of the bridge as it appeared after floodwaters went down.

Georgtown Road Bridge
Posted September 20, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Neither of the two spans visible in the below photograph appear to be heavily damaged. Relocation for an exhibit type display would be fine, but why not move the two spans instead of just one? Very disappointing.

Georgtown Road Bridge
Posted September 17, 2010, by Stephan Parsons (scfarm [at] netins [dot] net)

Information that I have obtained from a local county official is that the fallen spans of the Georgetown Bridge have been recovered from the river. The local road remains closed and barriers are in place. A local farmer has obtained 2 of the fallen spans and intends to use them as he sees fit. They may be cut apart and used as common iron for farm projects. The remainig span is intact on it's original piers, but cannot be returned to service. It will either be moved to a display location by historical preservation advocates, or also cut apart for scrap. So ends the Georgetown Bridge...

Georgtown Road Bridge
Posted September 6, 2010, by Carolyn Nardin Reitz (creitzlena [at] aol [dot] com)

Yes, its sad to see this happened. When a young-un, my friends and I walked to the old bridge a lot. We used to pack a sandwich and have a picnic on the banks below the bridge! Anyway.........brings back fond memories and again sad to see this has happened to it.

Georgtown Road Bridge
Posted July 29, 2010, by Colleen Lee (Crlee51 [at] verizon [dot] net)

When back in IL, never missed visiting this historical spot. Rode my horses and walked over it for many years. How very sad to see its demise.

Georgtown Road Bridge
Posted July 27, 2010, by Stephan Parsons (scfarm [at] netins [dot] net)

Thanks to Carole who photographed the span after it fell to the elements. I will miss crossing the span during trips to the beautiful Galena and Elizabeth area, in all seasons of the year. The bridge had real character, and made noises of all sorts as the cars crossed. This is a great loss....

Georgtown Road Bridge
Posted July 26, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A sad loss of this old landmark. Hopefully they can at least salvage the remaining span for use in a nearby park.

Georgtown Road Bridge
Posted July 26, 2010, by Carole Stowell-Virtue (carolesv [at] jcwifi [dot] com)

The bridge stood 120 years. Record flooding of the Apple River took the bridge out Friday night/Saturday morning (July 23/24 2010).

A very large Cottonwood tree jammed against the side of the bridge, then additional foatsam including several large round hay bails lodged against the tree. The resulting force was too much.

See attached photo

Georgtown Road Bridge
Posted March 12, 2008, by Stephan Parsons (scfarm [at] netins [dot] net)

This bridge has long served local traffic. It is near Elizabeth, Illinois. I photographed it March 12, 2008, and several cars crossed it during the few minutes I needed to take the photos.