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Horse Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Bob Drake in February 2009

BH Photo #425345



Lost through truss bridge over Horse Creek on CH 48
Kankakee County, Illinois
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1904; demolished 2009
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 131.9 ft.
Total length: 133.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.19806, -88.14806   (decimal degrees)
41°11'53" N, 88°08'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/403735/4561378 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
IL 046-3047 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 43439 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2008)
Sufficiency rating: 16.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 28, 2018: Updated by Luke: Merged imagery posted to forum by Bob Drake in 2010
  • October 1, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • Luke


Horse Creek Bridge
Posted April 28, 2018, by MFT

I was always terrified as a kid to go over this bridge in my parent's minivan. The timber deck boards would creak and moan and it felt like there was nothing keeping the car from falling through. That said, I miss that bridge now that it's gone (the modern bridges give those roads more traffic now but they aren't much to look at). Too bad they couldn't repair it decades ago to keep it in a functional state. I saw a some old black and white truss bridge photographs at the Essex Historical Building, they may have been from this or another nearby bridge.

Horse Creek Bridge
Posted August 12, 2010, by Bob Drake (Lastgas15 at aol dot com)

More pics showing the condition and the pin connection detail.

Horse Creek Bridge
Posted August 12, 2010, by Bob Drake (Lastgas15 at aol dot com)

These pics were taken a couple months before the bridge was demolished. It was in really sad condition.