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Piano Factory Bridge

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Through truss bridge over Fox River on Pedestrian walkway
St. Charles, Kane County, Illinois
Open to pedestrians only
Built early 1900s
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.91111, -88.31147   (decimal degrees)
41°54'40" N, 88°18'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/391235/4640738 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88252 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2020: New Street View added by Mike Kerkau



Piano Factory Bridge
Posted February 17, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge has been on my To-Do list in Chicago for years (where I do have it marked as a genuine historic RIVETED through truss) but I never find the time to get to it because I am usually using mass transit on Chicago trips and its a long Metra ride out to each of the cities along this river. Its been a while since I've checked Bridgehunter in this part of the state but there were a lot of coverage gaps in this area, I think most of them have been filled in, but I guess nobody had ever added this one.

Piano Factory Bridge
Posted February 16, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one caught my attention after someone I follow on Instagram happened to post a couple photos of themself at the bridge. (They're not a bridge enthusiast; rather, it's random chance that these were posted.)

After some Googling, and checking on the site, I'm a bit surprised no one's posted this sooner. (Though, I see also that Kane County is certainly rich in bridges!)

Fast research tells me that this bridge came about from the Cable Piano Factory commissioning its being built so that its workers could get to the factory from across the river. The factory building itself was razed in September 2000.

I haven't been able to pinpoint an exact year when the bridge was built, but at the very least it dates to the earlier part of the 20th Century. The factory itself was built in 1901, and I did manage to find this postcard that's dated 1917: https://www.cardcow.com/528025/foot-bridge-over-fox-river-st...

I did find another postcard also, though this one doesn't give a date: https://www.facebook.com/notes/st-charles-history-museum/a-b...