Photo taken by Jeremy Ruble
BH Photo #477428
No need for a gun fight over the name of a bridge lol.
Pistols at noon. Whoever wins, names the bridge.
I agree it had several names but the one I put us the one commonly used. I drive a truck and I can only due my research when stopped.
1 source + local rose-tinted hearsay vs 11 (Technically 12, considering your own source backs up the Riddle Hill name.) other, more credible sources, several of which had previously been provided by Tony and Melissa.
"The bridge, which crosses Spring Creek, has a span of 80 feet with short approaches at each end. The construction is Burr arch. The bridge was probably built in 1883, by Thomas Bucher of Bucher and Horton. This bridge is usually called the Riddle Hill Bridge, although it is about a mile from Riddle Hill. It has also been referred to as the Curran Bridge."
Riddle Hill Bridge, over Spring Creek,
four miles west of Springfield (Sangamon
County), 80' long, dating from 1883
Chester, your suggestion would work if that were also the historical name, but Old Covered Bridge Lane is a post-arson renaming of the road.
Since many bridges take the name of the road they are on, why not call it the N Old Covered Bridge Lane Bridge. The other names under contention could be listed under Alternate Names. Just a suggestion.
I have more sources but Iím currently working and will have to share them later. I always do research for adding bridges on here. I corrected another bridge on here and it was changed back last year and I fixed it again. My great uncle was instrumental on getting that bridge built and Iím also in the Pike County Historical Society and have many resources.
Cite your sources, Jeremy.
Meanwhile, per LostBridges:
Lane, Oscar F.. World Guide to Covered Bridges, 1972, page 12
Eaton, Thelma. The Covered Bridges of Illinois, 1968, page 184
National Society For the Preservation of Covered Bridges. Covered Bridge Topics, Volume XXXVI, No. 2, Spring 1978, page 15
National Society For the Preservation of Covered Bridges. Covered Bridge Topics, Volume XV, No. 2, July 1957, page 4
Also, to rebut your "tHaTs WhAt AlL tHe NeWsPaPeRs CaLl It" claim:
It obviously had several names, with Spring Creek being the most generic of the bunch. While I certainly didn't mean to step on your toes by changing it initially, it is not incorrect to refer to it as the Riddle Hill Bridge.
One thing I do know is that this bridge was a Burr Arch truss, and not a Howe as was incorrectly mentioned. It was also nowhere near the 130ft length given, and was perhaps 60-70 ft long at best. Pic #1 matches the bridge in pic #2 that clearly shows the Burr Arch. The last photo added shows the interior of a much longer Howe Truss Bridge. If I had to guess, it is of the Thompson's Mill Bridge some 40 miles to the South in Shelby County.
Meanwhile LostBridges, the covered bridge equivalent to this site, calls it Riddle Hill.
Couple that w/ Tony's memory and the fact that Melissa found a postcard that calls it Riddle Hill...
I have messaged with the locals and they confirmed that this bridge was referred to as the Spring Creek Covered Bridge. A lot of them remember when it burned.
I remember reading about this bridge not long after it was destroyed. They referred to it as the Riddle Hill Bridge.