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National Street - Fox River Bridge


Looking North

Photo taken by Steve Conro in October 2011


BH Photo #218881

Street View 


Concrete tee beam bridge over Fox River in Elgin on National Street
Elgin, Kane County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1949
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 78.4 ft.
Total length: 278.9 ft.
Deck width: 44.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.02944, -88.27944   (decimal degrees)
42°01'46" N, 88°16'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/394087/4653837 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
IL 045-6304 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 49938 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 80.2 (out of 100)
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Beam (17,286)
Built 1949 (420)
Built during 1940s (4,281)
Concrete tee beam (3,406)
Continuous (2,679)
Elgin, Illinois (24)
Have street view (30,147)
Illinois (5,039)
Kane County, Illinois (135)
Open (41,354)
Owned by city (6,240)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,784)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,682)

Update Log 

  • September 24, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 29, 2011: New photo from Steve Conro
  • October 27, 2011: Added by Steve Conro

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Fox River National St Bridge
Posted October 22, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

That's some nice additional information about the decoration on the bridge. I don't recall hearing the clock hands story before. This bridge has some history that's not visible until one digs around a bit.

Fox River National St Bridge
Posted October 21, 2012, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Recently, most analog clocks on display have been set at 10:10, but for many years, clocks were displayed with the time showing 8:18. A very popular misconception for decades held that all display clocks were set to 8:18 to commemorate the death of President Abraham Lincoln.

Actually, Lincoln was shot at 10:13 in the evening and died the next morning at about 7:20. So much for that wives' tale. (I first heard it from my grandmother when I was about 8 years old, she was backed up by several relatives who agreed with her. Sorry, Grandma, but 'tain't so!)

Today, the time is often set on display clocks to 10:10, not because of the time that Lincoln was shot, but because the hands form a "V" that frames the clock (or watch) maker's logo on the face.

In the days when the 8:18 time was displayed, it was determined to be the most symmetrical position for the two hands on the face of the clock. The hands are equidistant from the 12 and with about 3/4 of the face visible above the hands, there's more room for advertising copy.

This is a most interesting, and unusual, bridge decoration and honors Elgin Watch Co. Even though is is cast in concrete, it's correct twice a day!

Fox River National St Bridge
Posted October 19, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Also, check out the time on the Elgin watch pictured here:


Fox River National St Bridge
Posted October 19, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Also check out the street names--Watch street, et al.

Confirmation of the Elgin factory location here:


Fox River National St Bridge
Posted October 19, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Just a guess but the Elgin Watch Company had their headquarters there until the late '60s. The satellite view shows their famous observatory where they kept the master clock for regulating their actions. The factory may be gone but I suspect the shopping mall called Times Square at the east end of the bridge may have been the location.

Fox River National St Bridge
Posted October 19, 2012, by Brian (bkcoady [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

What is the significance of the clock on the concrete column on the northwest corner?