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Shippingsport Bridge


General View Of The Bridge Looking East.

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #117953


Street View 


Lost through truss bridge over Illinois River on once carried US 51 and later IL 351
LaSalle County, Illinois
Replaced by new bridge
Lost 7 span through truss vertical lift bridge, replaced with a modern span.
- Illinois Steel Bridge Co. of Jacksonville, Illinois
- Stresenreueter Brothers Co. of Chicago, Illinois
6 Parker Through truss spans, each 180' long
1 Waddell and Harrigton lift span, 200' long
Lift span was Strauss Vertical Lift
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 1,679.0 ft.
Also called
LaSalle-Oglesby Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.31436, -89.09172   (decimal degrees)
41°18'52" N, 89°05'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/324916/4575765 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
La Salle
Inventory number
BH 36833 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2015: New photo from Gene Smania
  • August 28, 2013: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • August 6, 2013: New photos from Gene Smania
  • March 10, 2011: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • February 21, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Added GPS coordinates
  • November 24, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey: added category
  • July 23, 2008: New photos from Kim Harvey
  • July 12, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey
  • July 8, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey



Shippingsport Bridge
Posted August 3, 2013, by Rick P

old shippingsport lift bridge and older one that it replaced from 1872

Shippingsport Bridge
Posted March 23, 2011, by Gene Smania

This structure was a Strauss Vertical Lift bridge, opened to traffic in 1929. It replaced a swing span structure that was built in 1872 and had a swing span. The operator's house was approximately 48 feet above the normal water level, not 200 as specified in the newspaper article elsewhere in this file. Attached is some information on both the 1929 bridge and the bridge that replaced it.

Attachment #1 (application/zip; 12,155 bytes)

Shippingsport Bridge
Posted March 10, 2011, by Gene Smania

Photo taken ca. 2000 by consultant.