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Riley Lake Bridge


View from new bridge

Photo taken by James Baughn in February 2013


BH Photo #247969



The X's & O's portal knee braces are indicative of the King Bridge Company.


Pratt through truss bridge over Riley Creek on Kaskaskia Street (FAS 861) north of Fort Kaskaskia State Park
Randolph County, Illinois
Abandoned on private property, but appears to be intact
Built 1893; bypassed 1979
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.98225, -89.92217   (decimal degrees)
37°58'56" N, 89°55'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/243352/4207874 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 15631 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (7,667)
5-panel truss (489)
Abandoned (3,729)
Built 1893 (217)
Built during 1890s (3,005)
Illinois (4,752)
King Bridge Co. (371)
Lost 1979 (85)
Lost during 1970s (803)
Owned privately (1,762)
Pin-connected (3,943)
Pratt through truss (5,457)
Pratt truss (9,394)
Randolph County, Illinois (32)
Through truss (15,278)
Truss (33,130)
Wooden deck (6,086)

Update Log 

  • December 20, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
  • December 20, 2019: New photos from John Christeson
  • March 12, 2017: New photos from David Huffman
  • February 2, 2013: New photo from James Baughn
  • May 1, 2006: Posted new photos


  • Harriet Kuehne
  • David Huffman
  • John Christeson - john_christeson [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Riley Lake Bridge
Posted February 3, 2013, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Tony: Yeah, I'm still trying to figure that one out. The historic photo has "Riley Lake" scribbled on it, but that may not be right. Both bridges, however, do have very similar portal braces and V-lacing.

Riley Lake Bridge
Posted February 2, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is not the same bridge in the 2 photos...

The current span has just 5 panels and the one in the historic photo has 8.

Riley Lake Bridge
Posted November 9, 2012, by LDR

Ms. Meehan....when I walked on that bridge and path it was still a bridge in use and not on private property. This was back in the 70's or possibly early 80's.

Riley Lake Bridge
Posted April 29, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Then you'd better start running...

Riley Lake Bridge
Posted April 29, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I can hear the Banjo playing now...

Riley Lake Bridge
Posted April 29, 2012, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Let's just say that I've heard some "colorful" stories about this property over the years.

Riley Lake Bridge
Posted April 29, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I do believe that he was referring to walking on it some time ago with his father...likely when it was still in use.

I notice that the more recent pic was taken from the new bridge. No reason to have your feathers ruffled...

Riley Lake Bridge
Posted April 29, 2012, by Joni meehan (joni [at] htc [dot] net)

If you where on that bridge and walking on that bridge then you should of know that the bridge is now private owed. To gain access to the bridge you had to past through a locked gate that says "keep out". The road was installed along side the bluff. Yes, that is the right bridge, but is now owned by the property owner.

Please respect the sign and the gate.

Riley Lake Bridge
Posted April 14, 2011, by LDR (roscowclj [at] egyptian [dot] net)

I do believe this is the bridge at Reily Lake. I've crossed it and walked it many times. My Dad grew up there. The road you see to the right...I walked it many times with my dad. There was an old spring up that road on the right.

Riley Lake Bridge
Posted January 1, 2008, by Randy

The old pic acompaning this photo is more than likely not Rily Lake Bridge because there would be a bluff in the back ground to the left if facing southeast(towards Chester) or on the right if facing north(towards Ellis Grove). It does resimble another old bridge near where this pic is thought to be taken. Its south east of Chester. The local kids called it the old Iron Bridge is on the road going out of town off rt 3 south a little past the swimming pool and on the oppisite side of the road.