2 votes

Cowden Bridge


South side

Photo taken by Robert Stephenson in April 2009


BH Photo #137139


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Kaskaskia River on TR 439A
Shelby County, Illinois
Carelessly scrapped
Built 1890, scrapped 2012
Pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 167.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.24183, -88.84170   (decimal degrees)
39°14'31" N, 88°50'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/341062/4345229 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Beecher City
Inventory numbers
IL 087-3265 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 39012 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 9, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as lost per forum post
  • April 16, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Status
  • April 11, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey: add categories
  • February 1, 2009: Added by Robert Stephenson



Cowden Bridge
Posted July 9, 2012, by Brandi Simmons (baggybritches05 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My dad told me a woman he works with said this bridge no longer exists. We thought nonsense since we had been there shortly before he was told this. My brother and I were out and about one day so we decided to check it out. Sure enough, it is gone. Rumor has it that some guy recently bought the land and pulled the bridge out to scrap it. Total disappointment as it was a peaceful place to visit and go hang out at once awhile.

Cowden Bridge
Posted March 29, 2009, by Robert Stephenson (seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The bridge in the picture is the 3-span Shelbyville bridge on Illinois 16, it was lost in 1975.

Cowden Bridge
Posted March 28, 2009, by Kim Harvey

I saw this on a website, whether this bridge is the one in the photo or not, I can't tell. No location is given by this website: http://www.shelbycountynews.net/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=...