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Seminary Street Bridge

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Seminary Street Bridge, 1937

Moved to this location when the stone arch bridge was built on Main Street, the occasion of this photo was that the bridge was once again on the move. It had been declared unsafe for auto traffic and was to be moved downstream to be used as a pedestrian bridge.

Mike Roegner collection

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BH Photo #200945

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Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple Pony truss bridge over Stony Creek on East Seminary Street in Danville
Location
Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1876, relocated downstream in 1896, relocated again for pedestrian use in 1938
Builder
- Squire Whipple of Albany, New York (Design)
Design
Whipple bowstring pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.13032, -87.62366   (decimal degrees)
40°07'49" N, 87°37'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/446865/4442408 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Danville NE
Inventory number
BH 48888 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 10, 2011: Added by Mike Roegner

Sources 

  • Mike Roegner

Comments 

Seminary Street Bridge
Posted August 3, 2020, by JIM STEWART (JAMESEMSTEWART57 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

I THINK SHIPMAN WAS INVOLVED IN THE WEST LAFAYETTE BRIDGE IN COSHOCTON COUNTY, OHIO (AS WELL AS THE RODERICK BRIDGE). SEE BRIDGE THIS ON BRIDGEHUNTER.

ALSO HE WAS THE SON IN SHIPMAN & SON. THIS FIRM WAS LOCATED IN THE COOPERSTOWN AREA OF NYS AND DID AT LEAST

ONE WHIPPLE ARCH IN NYS.

DARNELL'S DIRECTORY HAS INFORMATION OF JAMES SHIPMAN.

Seminary Street Bridge
Posted August 2, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Another name to keep in mind as a possible builder here is James W. Shipman, the nephew of Squire Whipple. It is well documented that his Coshocton Iron Works only built one Whipple Bowstring, the Rodrick Bridge, in 1872 before going into receivership.

http://bridgehunter.com/oh/licking/rodrick/

However, I recently found that a suspension bridge built the following year in Indiana was credited to James W. Shipman & Company. One look at those cast towers and I have little doubt he had the capacity to produce more of his Uncle's patented spans.

http://bridgehunter.com/in/dearborn/harrison-suspension/

Seminary Street Bridge
Posted July 31, 2020, by JIM STEWART (JAMESEMSTEWART57 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

PARDON MY ERROR. IT'S ILLINOIS NOT INDIANA.

PERHAPS MAKING IT MORE UNUSUAL.

Seminary Street Bridge
Posted July 31, 2020, by JIM STEWART (JAMESEMSTEWART57 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

VERY RARE IN CENTRAL INDIANA. A NUMBER OF THESE "WHIPPLE ARCHES" HAVE BEEN POSTED FOR SITES ALONG THE ST. JOSEPH RIVER IN NORTHERN INDIANA AND SOUTHERN MICHIGAN. THESE

HAVE BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO SIMON DeGRAFF AND ARE LONGER THAN THE "STANDARD" VERSIONS FOUND IN NEW YORK STATE.

DeGRAFF BUILT WHIPPLE ARCHES OF THE COMMON SEVEN / NINE PANEL LENGTH AND SOME OF THE LONGER VERSIONS IN NY STATE.

I HOPE YOU CAN DETERMINE THE ORIGIN OF THIS ONE.

CHANGE VERY RARE TO UNHEARD OF.

Seminary Street Bridge
Posted June 13, 2011, by Michael Roegner (roegner [at] soltec [dot] net)

Yes, it was moved to Lahr Street in Danville, and I believe it lasted into the 1960's. I'm working on a brief history, so maybe I can get the dates straightened out.

Seminary Street Bridge
Posted June 10, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

By the way......Do you happen to know what the final disposition of this span was Mike? Was it indeed used for a pedestrian bridge?

Seminary Street Bridge
Posted June 10, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice add Mike!

Looks to be another example of a Squire Whipple designed bowstring.