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Dayton Bridge (Old)

Description 

John Green and William Stadden were granted a charter to build a toll bridge over the Fox River at Dayton in 1837. Tolls were removed in 1854, and in 1857 the dilapidated crossing was wrecked by ice. Rebuilt by Jesse and David Green (relatives of John Green?), the bridge reopened as a free span in December of 1857. It was again destroyed in 1875, this time by flooding. Because of squabbles over financing, a bridge was not erected to replace it until 1884 or 1887, depending on the source.

Source: Dayton and the Greens

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Fox River on Dayton Road
Location
Dayton, LaSalle County, Illinois
Status
Destroyed by flooding
History
Built ca.1837 by John Green and William Stadden; destroyed by ice jam in 1857 and replaced; destroyed by flooding in 1875
Builders
- John Green of Dayton, Illinois
- William Stadden of Dayton, Illinois
Design
Likely a timber structure
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.38437, -88.79000   (decimal degrees)
41°23'04" N, 88°47'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/350332/4582972 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 98164 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 28, 2022: Added by Paul Plassman

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