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CNW - Fox River Bridge (1883)


Library of Congress


BH Photo #435519


Lost Lattice deck truss bridge over Fox River on Chicago & North Western Railway
Geneva, Kane County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1883, Replaced 1920
- Alden & Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
2-125' Lattice Deck Trusses
2-119' Lattice Deck Trusses
Each span had three truss lines, including "light" outer trusses and a "heavy" inner truss line.
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 490.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.88162, -88.30419   (decimal degrees)
41°52'54" N, 88°18'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/391788/4637454 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 83009 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 14, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added builder
  • October 1, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • October 1, 2018: Added by John Marvig



C&NW - Fox River Bridge (Old)
Posted April 22, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I would like to find more on this one, but the date seems pretty much set. I believe parallel trusses were used as a double track lattice deck truss was likely not feasible back then, so I doubt one set is older than the other. I would guess Alden & Lassig probably did the fabrication of these trusses.

On a side note, a second bridge in Sangamon County was found to reuse Spans A and D of this bridge. One of the Sangamon County spans was double trussed, but not the other two, possibly to assure the material from the four total truss spans was reused.

C&NW - Fox River Bridge (Old)
Posted April 20, 2021, by Tim (springfieldbridges [at] gmail [dot] com)

Through some research, it appears that Chicago & Northwestern was resourceful and re-used one of the lattice truss spans in this bridge over Spring Creek in Sangamon County, Illinois. https://bridgehunter.com/il/sangamon/bh45592/