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Carmi Bridge (1878)

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Carmi Bridge (1878)

Uploaded by Melissa Brand-Welch

BH Photo #438518

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Little Wabash River on Road
Location
Carmi, White County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge after the West span collapsed.
History
Built 1878; Partially collapsed 1915; Replaced 1916
Builder
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Design
(2)10-panel, pinned wrought-iron Whipple through trusses.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.09196, -88.15573   (decimal degrees)
38°05'31" N, 88°09'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/398655/4216648 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Carmi
Inventory number
BH 69821 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 3, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Removed erroneous photo that was of the Sigler Bridge collapse.
  • October 10, 2022: New photo from Jeremy Ruble
  • May 23, 2022: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • May 16, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Corrected loss date.
  • January 3, 2020: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • November 16, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 11, 2018: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 27, 2015: Added by Luke

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Comments 

Carmi Bridge (1878)
Posted November 3, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Although the article seems to be correct, the photo shown is not the Carmi Bridge. It is believed to have been the Sigler Bridge that may have collapsed during construction. The portal bracing matches what is shown in the photo.

Carmi Bridge (1878)
Posted October 10, 2022, by Jeremy Ruble (jaruble1982 [at] gmail [dot] com)

CARMI BRIDGE IS RAZED BY STORM ON JUNE 21ST 1915

Dwellings, barns and telephone poles felt the force of the storm.

Bridge across the Little Wabash north of Carmi in the summer of 1915. The bridge had replaced an 1841 covered bridge in 1878. Plans were being made in September 1915 to build a new bridge.

JUNE 5TH 1915

Carmi --Following the continuous rains a portion of the west abutment of the wagon bridge across the Little Wabash River at this place fell Wednesday morning, June 2nd, making the bridge very unsafe. The bridge has been condemned for a number of years following the happening Wednesday, the approaches to the bridge were nailed up and traffic across it was stopped. The foot walk is not closed, and people are allowed to walk the bridge. A large portion of the sandstone abutment that has not fallen at the west end is badly cracked. It is not known definitely yet just what steps will be taken in the matter. It is probable that a state engineer will be called to Carmi to inspect the bridge and the council will probably act on his advice.

History: Lisa Ruble

Sources: Edwardsville Intelligencer (1915), Mount Carmel Evening Register (1915)