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Marseilles Bridge


Marseilles Bridge over Illinois River & Illinois Waterway canal

official name was Clark-Adams Bridge

GS, December 1976

License: Released into public domain


BH Photo #319809



Lost bridge over Illinois River & Illinois Waterway locks canal on County Highway 15
Marseilles, LaSalle County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1933; Removed in 1998
4 truss spans, 9 approach spans, one span on Bell's Island that had a ramp at right angle to bridge provided access from the bridge to the island. Noted in Ripley's Believe It Or Not
Length of largest span: 235.0 ft.
Total length: 1,369.5 ft.
Deck width: 17.8 ft.
Also called
Clark-Adams Bridge (Named after Roderick Clark & Augustus Adams-two men who started businesses in the town in the early days.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.32344, -88.71019   (decimal degrees)
41°19'24" N, 88°42'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/356873/4576073 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
BH 66780 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 4, 2016: Updated by GS: changed 'Lost/Removed' date to 1998
  • November 29, 2015: Updated by Luke: Edited info per forum comment.
  • March 29, 2015: Updated by Gene Smania: Added bridge

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Marseilles Bridge
Posted November 29, 2015, by Gary Sprandel (jaidite [at] aol [dot] com)

You might need to move the lost date forward a year.

My late wife and I were married on May 2nd 1998 and our honeymoon road trip that took us to Springfield led us to stop to pay a visit to my grandfather's sister as well as stop by gram and gramps graves in Marseilles on our way home.

We came into town on May 5th and the nav channel span was already gone and the remaining spans were siting in the original river channel having been blasted fairly recently.

IIRC the official opening of the new bridge was sometime in early mid December of 97 so weather would have set in and put off full demo until weather broke in the spring.

Using the Seneca bridge demo (and taking into account the Seneca "misfire") my best guess would be late April/early May of 98 for the loss of the Clark-Adams.

Marseilles Bridge
Posted April 11, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The 1885 span was a very long Columbia Bridge Works structure.

Marseilles Bridge
Posted April 11, 2015, by erica

So glad to see that somebody finally put the old Marseilles bridge on this site! That was a very fascinating (yet creepy) structure!