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Black Hollow Coal Company Bridge


Abandoned Railway Bridge

Abandoned North abutment and piers across river.

Photo taken by Steve Conro in December 2011


BH Photo #223732



Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Vermillion River on Abandoned Black Hollow Coal Company mining railroad
LaSalle County, Illinois
- Black Hollow Coal Company Railroad
Pratt through truss
Also called
Vermillion River Ghost Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.30321, -89.03930   (decimal degrees)
41°18'12" N, 89°02'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/329275/4574422 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
La Salle
Inventory number
BH 51035 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (15,915)
Black Hollow Coal Company Railroad (1)
Deck truss (1,759)
Illinois (4,746)
LaSalle County, Illinois (89)
Lost (25,221)
Pratt deck truss (360)
Pratt through truss (5,451)
Pratt truss (9,387)
Railroad (15,650)
Steel stringer (6,326)
Through truss (15,265)
Truss (33,108)

Update Log 

  • September 17, 2015: Updated by Gene Smania: new photos-north abutment removed +/-2015
  • March 8, 2012: New photos from Gene Smania
  • January 23, 2012: Added by Steve Conro

Related Bridges 



Vermillion River Ghost Bridge
Posted March 9, 2012, by Gene Smania

My former boss would always hit me with the comment "even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes" when I finally did something right!

Vermillion River Ghost Bridge
Posted March 9, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The old saying "better lucky than good" seems to come into play often.

Vermillion River Ghost Bridge
Posted January 27, 2012, by Gene Smania

Steve--good thing you got your photos of the abutment and piers because tonight's local paper had photos of a contractor working on the south bank. The contract calls for them to remove the old substructure elements, fill in any air shafts that still exist, and level off some more of the slag pile. A lot of the slag pile was used to fill in the area where the old railroad bridge south of the present river bridge was removed in the 1980's, but they want to level off more of it. Over the years there were three different coal mining companies active in the area.

Vermillion River Ghost Bridge
Posted January 23, 2012, by Gene Smania

This bridge belonged to the Black Hollow Coal Company which was located on the north side of the Vermilion River. In May 1913 robbers stopped the wagon delivering the payroll to the mine, killed the men delivering it, and fled with the money. They were eventually arrested and sent to prison.