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P&E Little Kickapoo Creek Bridge

Photo 

View facing east from Capodice Road

Photo taken by Thomas Dyrek in July 2018

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BH Photo #466300

Description 

This bridge was built by the Indianapolis Bloomington & Western Railway around 1866. The rail line connected Indianapolis with Bloomington and Peoria. By 1960 it was owned by the Peoria & Eastern Railway, a subsidiary of the New York Central. The line eventually wound up under the Conrail system, and finally Norfolk Southern who abandoned the Bloomington to Mansfield portion of the line in 2004. The tracks were removed in 2018 and the bridge stands abandoned today.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over Little Kickapoo Creek on Peoria & Eastern Railway
Location
Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built circa 1866 by the IB&W Railway when the line was constructed.
Railroads
- Conrail (CR)
- Indianapolis, Bloomington & Western Railway
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Peoria & Eastern Railroad (P&E)
Design
Trestle bridge
Dimensions
Span length: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 90.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.43847, -88.96197   (decimal degrees)
40°26'18" N, 88°57'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/333597/4478272 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88304 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 21, 2020: New photo from Thomas Dyrek

Sources 

  • Thomas Dyrek