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North Shore Line/MILW Overpass

Photos 

Photo taken by Steve Conro in February 2012

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BH Photo #224785

Map 

Description 

Site of former North Shore Line bridge over CMStP&P "Milwaukee Road" now converted to the North Shore Bike Trail.

The unincorporated village of Rondout has the historical significance of being site of the largest train robbery in U.S. history which occurred in 1924, when a gang of robbers known as The Newton Gang robbed a mail train in the village. The amount stolen was an estimated $3 million in cash, bonds and jewelry. To this day, not all of the money has been recovered leading to the legend that it is buried somewhere.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pony plate girder bridge over CNRR (former Milwaukee Road) on Former North Shore Line (now bike path)
Location
Rondout, Lake County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built in 1904; later replaced by pedestrian trail bridge
Railroads
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad (CNSM)
- Interurban
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Total length: 100.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.27979, -87.89687   (decimal degrees)
42°16'47" N, 87°53'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/426048/4681231 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Libertyville
Inventory number
BH 51209 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 17, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added type + link to pic
  • February 7, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Rail-to-trail"
  • February 6, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added category "North Shore Line Railroad"

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