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Blackberry Creek Frankenbridge


Photo taken by Tyler


BH Photo #472930


Bridge appears to be built from parts of an older pin-connected truss bridge. Former end posts with pins reused as towers and various other beams make up the stiffening girders and anchors. Newer connections are bolted or welded. It is possible this could be from a rail bridge at this location or nearby. Inland Steel marks on older beams. Very bouncy when crossed and has a large sag.


Wire suspension bridge over Blackberry Creek on Virgil Gilman Trail (rail-trail)
Aurora, Kane County, Illinois
Open to pedestrians only
Built using older bridge parts. Date unknown and history of earlier bridge unknown.
Hybrid Wire/cable suspension
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.76045, -88.38816   (decimal degrees)
41°45'38" N, 88°23'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/384604/4624110 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 89461 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Aurora, Illinois (43)
Illinois (5,072)
Kane County, Illinois (136)
Mystery (131)
Open to pedestrians (4,698)
Rail-to-trail (1,679)
Suspension (834)

Update Log 

  • July 16, 2020: Updated by Tyler: Added category "Mystery"
  • May 28, 2020: New photos from Tyler

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Blackberry Creek Frankenbridge
Posted January 10, 2022, by Doug (doug nospace mclerran at yahoo dot com)

The following is an exerpt from a 1998 newspaper article


about the history of the islands in the Fox River around Aurora:


Let's go north to South Island, which was purchased by the park district in the 1940s. A suspension foot bridge used to stretch from the shore to the residence of that island.

"Many of the homes (on the river's islands) were fishing cottages, they were never permanent year-round homes," said Donnell.

The suspension bridge has been moved to Blackberry Creek on the Virgil Gilman Trail, and the park district built its own bridge to South Island and ran a bike trail down the length of it.


Blackberry Creek Frankenbridge
Posted August 23, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Mike, Boo Berry perhaps?

Blackberry Creek Frankenbridge
Posted August 23, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Cool! Maybe this should be called Frankenberry

Blackberry Creek Frankenbridge
Posted August 23, 2020, by Tyler

Found this a few months ago. Itíll probably last forever. When I added this, every single MOB on this trail was on the site but this wasnít. Very confused