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Pecatonica Prairie Path - Pecatonica River Bridge

Photos 

Pecatonica Prairie Path Bridge

Looking East

Photo taken by John Marvig in March 2015

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BH Photo #320628

Map 

Description 

Former C&NW rail bridge refurbished for trail use in 2012

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Pecatonica River on Pecatonica Prairie Path
Location
Stephenson County, Illinois
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1886
Railroad
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
Design
Quadrangular lattice through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 250.0 ft.
Also called
C&NW - Pecatonica River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.29798, -89.50734   (decimal degrees)
42°17'53" N, 89°30'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/293313/4685905 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Freeport East
Inventory number
BH 56284 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 4, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • May 19, 2013: Updated by Steve Conro: Added categories "Chicago & North Western Railway", "Rail-to-trail"

Sources 

Comments 

Pecatonica Prairie Path - Pecatonica River Bridge
Posted March 17, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, this is a C&NW bridge. It is bridge #242 and shows up in railroad records as being built 1886-1887. On a side note, I hope this bridge is not demolished like the many girders and arches along this line.

Pecatonica Prairie Path - Pecatonica River Bridge
Posted March 17, 2021, by William M Shapokin (traingg1 [at] aol [dot] com)

Is this a former C&NW bridge? (Reason for asking is that I have followed much of the C&NW west from Rockford to Freeport and (based on the map) this is west of Ridott -- and I was unable to get back there. Great stuff, by the way!