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Illinois Steel Company Coke Ovens Bridge


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Pony/through plate girder bridge over I&M Canal Trail & CN Railway on Private drive
Fairmont, Will County, Illinois
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1907;
Pony plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.55710, -88.07317   (decimal degrees)
41°33'26" N, 88°04'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/410508/4601159 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 36 N., R. 10 E., Sec. 34
Inventory number
BH 79780 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1907 (716)
Built during 1900s (7,337)
Closed (2,679)
Curved (464)
Fairmont, Illinois (1)
Girder (10,364)
Have street view (27,123)
I&M Canal (25)
Illinois (4,752)
One-lane traffic (7,617)
Owned privately (1,761)
Plate girder (8,038)
Through girder (3,872)
Will County, Illinois (136)

Update Log 

  • December 22, 2017: Added


Private Bridge over I&M Canal
Posted December 27, 2017, by Le Roy Wozniak (leroywozniak [at] gmail [dot] com)

Kudos to Gary Ward, President, Lockport Area Genealogical and historical Society for solving the mystery. The bridge was built in 1907, and was the entrance to the Illinois Steel Co. coke ovens, which supplied the coke to the Joliet Iron and Steel Works.A postcard photo can be seen by Googling Illinois Steel co., Coke Ovens, Joliet IL. An aerial view of the Steel plant ruins, oven ruins and the bridge can be seen on Google Earth at Joliet Steel Historical site.

Private Bridge over I&M Canal
Posted December 26, 2017, by Le Roy Wozniak (iris-leroy [at] comcast [dot] net)

The bridge is approximately 1/4 mile long, with 2 angle changes,and crosses over 6 properties, according to Will county tax maps.

Private Bridge over I&M Canal
Posted December 24, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

This is a really peculiar bridge. Does anybody have info on it?