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Lowe Bridge

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Lowe Bridge

North end looking Southwest

Photo taken by Melissa Brand-Welch in October 2018

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BH Photo #436425

Description 

Abandoned Pratt through truss over the Little Wabash River North of Carmi Illinois.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over the Little Wabash River on a closed section of County Road 1200 East
Location
White County, Illinois
Status
Abandoned with portions of deck missing
History
Built in 1891 by the Massillon Bridge Company
Builder
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Design
10-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
3-panel, pinned Pratt (half-hip) pony truss on each end
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Little Wabash River Bridge
Crybaby Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.10886, -88.15312   (decimal degrees)
38°06'32" N, 88°09'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/398907/4218520 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Carmi
Land survey
T. 5 S., R. 9 E., Sec. 12
Inventory number
BH 44350 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 5, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • August 4, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added info on pony truss approach spans and other stuff.
  • October 20, 2018: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 7, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: USGS shows this as Lowe Bridge
  • March 6, 2010: Added by Kim Harvey

Sources 

  • Kim Harvey
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Lowe Bridge
Posted September 6, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The closer I look at these photos the more amazed I am that this beauty is still standing! With the amount of lean to the South I would expect the Northern bearing seats to be pulled off of their columns. This is beyond sad!

Lowe Bridge
Posted September 6, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

It is an abandoned Bridge, abandoned since approximately 1978. It is on a closed County Road, surrounded by private property on both sides. I am a realist in the fact that I Recognize this bridge will not be saved. I just know that I will be distraught when it falls into the river.

Lowe Bridge
Posted September 6, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Jason, I would love to see you make a post about this but I do not believe anyone in my area is interested in saving this bridge. My opinion only... If the county was to become involved the only thing they would be interested in doing would be cutting it up for scrap.

Lowe Bridge
Posted September 5, 2019, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Melissa, is there a way to save this Bridge, at least pull it off and dismantle for storage? It may cost the County a bit but it's better than losing it, like we saw with Wagon Wheel Bridge. I will make a post on this and include a couple of your pics in the process, if you don't mind....

JS

Lowe Bridge
Posted September 5, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

It has been 8 years since I've been to this side of the bridge. I almost cried.

Lowe Bridge
Posted September 5, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I am deeply saddened as well! I was certainly concerned about Cherry Shoals but this far worse!

Lowe Bridge
Posted September 5, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

James, I was absolutely devastated.

Lowe Bridge
Posted September 5, 2019, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

I'm at a loss for words after seeing photo #28.

Lowe Bridge
Posted August 4, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tony, thank you again. This bridge is quite special to me.

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 23, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tony, thank you for your assistance. This was the first abandoned bridge I became interested in and it will always be my favorite. About 15 years I walked out to it with a female friend and my daughter. I knew it was there but never visited the site. It sparked my interest and I've went out there about once a year but this is the first year I photographed it. It was exciting to discover this website.

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 22, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think it's an 1890's span based on the Dean Road Bridge in Ohio that shares a similar portal bracing design and is listed as 1898.

http://bridgehunter.com/oh/lorain/4734734/

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 21, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

James, thank you for all of your assistance over the past two weeks. I greatly appreciate it.

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 21, 2018, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

The Illinois Historic Bridge Survey gives the date for this bridge as 1891, but I don't know where that came from (maybe the plaques were intact at the time of the survey?)

https://historic-bridges.isas.illinois.edu/bridgelist.htm

In some cases, it's possible to dig through the county or township records and find the original bids or contracts for a bridge. I have no idea what's available for White County, though. Old newspapers are sometimes helpful too but it doesn't look like anything is available online.

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 21, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Is it possible this bridge is older than the reported 1891 build date ? Massillon built a Whipple in 1878 over the same river on our main street(Illinois Route 1). Could they have been built around the same time ?

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 20, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's a Massillon built span... Check the portal bracing

http://bridgehunter.com/oh/lorain/4734734/

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 20, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

White County does have a historical society and three small museums that are open by appointment. I will have to see if they have any information on the bridge.

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 20, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Too bad about the plaque, not surprised though. I wonder if the local historic society took it for safekeeping or if it was stolen.

Bring a gigantic zip tie with you so you can strap the caisson back together :^)

Good luck on your next trip!

Art S.

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 20, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I will be making another trip to this bridge in a few weeks to photograph the opposite side. It has a damaged caisson and I was unable to get a clear photo of it today. I am waiting on the leaves to fall before I trek out there.

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 20, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Art, sadly there was no plaque.

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 20, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Melissa,

Thank you for the trek and the pictures and thanks yo Mr. Winters!

It's definitely the Pratt, not the Whipple and it seems to match your historic picture. Given the circumstances it's not in too bad shape!

Out of curiosity, did you see the builder's plaque on the end portal? The portal bracing reminds me of Massillon, but I'm not confident in this. Nathan, does the portal style match any Chicago or mid-west builders?

Regards,

Art S.

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 20, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I hope some information can be gathered about this bridge from these photos. Any and all assistance is welcome.

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 20, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

A special thank you to Joey Winter for graciously allowing me access to this bridge.

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 8, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Approximately one mile to Lowe Bridge from the Carmi side...

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 8, 2018, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

3/4 of a mile to Lowe Bridge from this point on the Centerville side

Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 7, 2018, by Melissa Brand Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

It is my understanding it closed circa 1980.

Lowe Bridge
Posted October 7, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1974 quad shows this as open and confirms the placename as Lowe Bridge.