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Mystery Bridge


Mystery Bridge

Taken sometime in the 1970s after it was damaged by a flash flood.

Photo taken by Grover Brinkman


BH Photo #125990



Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over unknown creek on unknown county road
Washington County, Illinois
Destroyed by flood
lost pratt pony truss bridge on a unknown creek somewhere in Washington County. Destroyed by a flash flood sometime during the 1970s.
Half-hip Pratt pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.34984, -89.58799   (decimal degrees)
38°20'59" N, 89°35'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/273847/4247802 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37615 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 14, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey

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Mystery Bridge
Posted January 10, 2012, by Andy Jankowski (andyj [at] hometel [dot] com)

After looking at the enlarged photo of the piers on the Stone Church Road Bridge, I now see my original assumption was incorrect. The piers are poured concrete, not riveted steel like I thought. So, it looks like the entire bridge (including the piers) was replaced. However, I still stand by my claim that the Stone Church Road Bridge and the mystery bridge are one in the same.

Mystery Bridge
Posted November 23, 2011, by Andy Jankowski (andyj [at] hometel [dot] com)

The terrain in the background of photo three of four of the Stone Church Road Bridge bears a striking resemblance to the terrain shown in the background of the "Mystery Bridge" photo. The years also coincide since the "Mystery Bridge" was damaged by a flood in the early 70s and the Stone Church Road Bridge was rehabilitated in 1971. Lastly, the superstructure of the Stone Church Road bridge does not appear to be circa 1925 construction. However, its piers do resemble those commonly built during that period. It is reasonable to assume that after the flood damaged the original bridge, the trusses and deck were removed and replaced with more modern steel I-beams. However, the superstructure we now see was simply constructed on the original piers. I would say the "Mystery Bridge" shown in the 1970s photo is that of the original Stone Church Road Bridge.