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Bridge Street Bridge (Pre 1907)


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Lost bowstring through truss bridge over Vermilion River on Bridge Street.
Streator, LaSalle County, Illinois
No longer exists
Bowstring through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.11890, -88.83837   (decimal degrees)
41°07'08" N, 88°50'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/345665/4553584 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Streator South
Inventory number
BH 71912 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Arch (12,650)
Bowstring through truss (329)
Bowstring truss (664)
Deck arch (11,887)
Illinois (4,927)
LaSalle County, Illinois (99)
Lost (28,403)
Lost 1910 (60)
Lost during 1910s (649)
Replaced by new bridge (19,312)
Stone arch (3,279)
Streator, Illinois (6)
Through truss (16,730)
Truss (35,397)

Update Log 

  • October 14, 2021: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • April 23, 2016: Added by ArtS


  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Bridge Street Bridge (ca. 1880)
Posted October 14, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for clearing that up Luke!

I deleted the builder and the description comment.

Bridge Street Bridge (ca. 1880)
Posted October 14, 2021, by Luke

According to https://oldstructures.nyc/2020/10/22/theres-always-a-logical..., Lafayette got sued for a viaduct, not this bridge.

Bridge Street Bridge (ca. 1880)
Posted October 14, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Something is amiss here.

The Lafayette Bridge Company, to the best of my 40 years of bridge research knowledge, never built a bowstring span. The firm was founded in 1889 and I can't imagine them even having a design for a bowstring, which were basically out of vogue by that time... Let alone 1897. Perhaps this was part of a contract where the bowstring was relocated from another location (Main St?) by LBCo., after which they constructed a new span there.

The River Bridge
Posted August 7, 2018, by GS

That is correct. The city of Streator is mostly located in La Salle County with a small section of it on the south end of town being in Livingston County.

The River Bridge
Posted August 7, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The "What's Here" button in the edit mode shows this location as completely in LaSalle County.

The River Bridge
Posted August 6, 2018, by GS

The bridge is in the right location but the location is in La Salle County, not Livingston County.

This truss bridge was replaced ca 1910. The replacement bridge has since been rehabbed with a new superstructure and abutments but the piers are original to the ca 1910 construction.

The current bridge is listed on this site as Bridge Street, IL Rt 18 Eastbound, Streator, La Salle County, IL. It crosses the Vermilion River on the west side of the city.