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Old Pearl Street Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Steve Conro in February 2014

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BH Photo #274283

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Street View 

Description 

"The Pearl Street bridge is one of the oldest and largest iron truss bridges in the state. It was created by the now-defunct Milwaukee Bridge and Ironworks Co., a major bridge builder in the Midwest at the time." (Chicago Tribune, July 7, 1997 article by Maryan Koehler)

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over a branch of Fox River on Pedestrian path
Location
Prairie Grove, McHenry County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1881 over Fox River on Pearl Street in McHenry IL, relocated to Terra Cotta Industries Nov. 1976, two of three original sections in storage
Builder
- Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Works of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.27374, -88.28747   (decimal degrees)
42°16'25" N, 88°17'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/393831/4680972 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
McHenry
Inventory number
BH 53547 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 5, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • November 22, 2018: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • May 16, 2014: New Street View added by Tony Dillon
  • February 13, 2014: New photos from Steve Conro
  • September 15, 2012: Added by Frank Hicks

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Comments 

Old Pearl Street Bridge
Posted January 5, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Art, I read the other two spans were stored after the move but I have no information on their current location or existence.

Old Pearl Street Bridge
Posted January 5, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Interesting design, hope the other two spans still exist. Looks just like a mid 1880s King to me.