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SR 15-Little Wabash River Bridge (Old)


Little Wabash River Bridge

Wayne County Historical Society


BH Photo #439561



Located seven (7) miles East of Fairfield. Location is based on current bridge.

Appears to be an early State Highway Dept. design.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over the Little Wabash River on State Road 15
Wayne County, Illinois
No longer exists
(3)7-panel, riveted Pratt through trusses
Also called
Little Wabash River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.37177, -88.23277   (decimal degrees)
38°22'18" N, 88°13'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/392312/4247784 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 83824 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Illinois (4,551)
Little Wabash River (45)
Lost (23,721)
Owned by county (20,396)
Pratt through truss (5,263)
Pratt truss (9,103)
Through truss (14,685)
Truss (32,188)
Wayne County, Illinois (34)

Update Log 

  • December 19, 2018: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch


  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


SR 15-Little Wabash River Bridge (Old)
Posted August 10, 2020, by Theodore H Ellis (tellis01 [at] frontiernet [dot] net)

The photo shown was probably taken in 1953. The original bridge as shown in the photo was built in 1923. The bridge was reconstructed in 1953. At that time the 3 truss spans were removed and replaced with steel girders, the abutments and piers were widened and a new deck was constructed. At least one of the truss spans (maybe 2) were moved to the Golden Gate road (county Highway 3) and re-erected over White Oak Slough. In 1981 the Wabash River bridge was reconstructed again. The 18 approach spans to the east were removed down to the original pier stems, new wider caps were constructed and new structural steel and concrete deck added. The 1981 construction is what exist today.