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Old Ellsworth Park Footbridge


Ellsworth Park Foot Bridge

BH Photo #185672


Brief History 

Written by Mike Roegner

At the September 7, 1883 city council meeting, the city engineer was instructed to "have charge of and complete the work of building the foot-bridge across the North Fork, at Ellsworth Park, at once." And here it is - our forefathers were truly brave people.
The September 17, 1883 paper mentions that "the wire suspension bridge across the North Fork at Ellsworth Park was completed Saturday, and its strength was fully tested yesterday by hundreds of people."
It's been said, though I haven't seen it documented, that on at least one occassion the bridge was overloaded and turned over, dumping many of our fun-loving ancestors into the North Fork river - and a good time was had by all.
I have seen a photo of people standing on this bridge observing the construction of the 1907 bridge, so I know it lasted until 1907.


Lost suspension bridge over North Fork Vermilion River on pedestrian walkway in Danville
Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1883 by a Danville City Engineer, replaced in 1907
Wire suspension
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.12564, -87.63925   (decimal degrees)
40°07'32" N, 87°38'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/445533/4441898 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Danville NW
Inventory number
BH 46890 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 10, 2010: Essay added by Mike Roegner

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