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Smith's Bridge (first)


This was the first of five bridges built at this location, obviously a favorable place for a bridge. The most recent was built in 1957, and carries Interstate 55.

All 5 bridges here have had variations of the same name.

From the historical record:

"We put up a bridge there where Smith's Bridge is, as you call it - a frame bridge. It was not there a great while before it went down with a load of grist and a pair of horses, and we put in another bridge and then in '65 we let the contract to F. E. Hinkley and they built this covered bridge there, that is Smith's Bridge.

The first bridge built there I think was built along in the '50s - 1852, somewhere along in there."


Lost Bridge over Des Plaines River on road
Will County, Illinois
Built 1852; collapsed under a load ca 1855; rebuilt; replaced by new covered bridge 1865
Described in historical records as a "frame bridge"
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.41982, -88.19876   (decimal degrees)
41°25'11" N, 88°11'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/399823/4586056 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 67596 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 15, 2015: Added by Roger Deschner

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