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Coal Shaft Road Bridge



Photo submitted by Mike Roegner


BH Photo #169499


Lost Through truss bridge over Middle Fork Vermilion River on CR2130N
Vermilion County, Illinois
No longer exists
Built ca. 1890's
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Also called
Power Plant Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.17671, -87.73449   (decimal degrees)
40°10'36" N, 87°44'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/437465/4447629 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Danville NW
Inventory number
BH 45612 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 11, 2010: Added by James Baughn based on info from Mike Roegner


  • Mike Roegner


Coal Shaft Road Bridge
Posted July 29, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This span's portals look identical to the Falknor Road Bridge in Miami County, Ohio


The builder is unknown on both, but is likely one of the larger firms that would have had agents in both states.

Coal Shaft Road Bridge
Posted July 29, 2010, by Mike Roegner (roegner [at] soltec [dot] net)

Here's some photos of Coal Shaft Road bridge. I'm not definite that this bridge is still standing. I haven't been that way in years. It's in a very secluded location - the land to the west is power company land and has restricted access, the road to the east has been abandoned since the bridge closed. I got to it by hiking to the Johnson Hill bridge and then hiking north about 3 miles. The power company has donated some of their land near the bridge to the state, so if there's any danger of a bridge coming in contact with a person, the bridge usually disappears.

In one photo you can see the Vermilion Power Station in the distance, which is how the bridge got it's other name.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.