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CNW - Cherry Valley Bridge


Photo taken by Steve Conro in November 2011


BH Photo #220557



Length approximate


Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Kishwaukee River on UPRR (Former C&NW)
Cherry Valley, Winnebago County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1887; Replaced in the 1980s
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
Quadrangular lattice through truss
Total length: 400.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.23552, -88.95507   (decimal degrees)
42°14'08" N, 88°57'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/338680/4677777 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cherry Valley
Inventory number
BH 50291 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 18, 2019: New photo from Luke
  • December 10, 2011: Updated by J.P.: updated design
  • November 23, 2011: New photos from Steve Conro
  • November 21, 2011: Added by Steve Conro

Related Bridges 


  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke


CNW - Cherry Valley Bridge
Posted April 21, 2019, by John Marvig

Visited the replacement bridge, and it is clear all 6 identical spans are built of secondhand spans. I found 4 different spans with missing pre-1910 American bridge company plaques. In addition, the spans are largely riveted, except where bolts would’ve been used to reassemble the span. I will be doing more research on where the spans came from and when they originally were fabricated.

Also, it’s a shame that the old bridge is gone. That was a really neat skewed bridge.

Cherry Valley Railroad Bridge
Posted November 18, 2013, by Scott Wendt (wendtsc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The bridge I am talking about is the bridge above the temporary road bridge. Both bridges are crossing the Kishwaukee River. At this location, three different iron and steel bridges crossed the river. The iron road bridge was being replaced at the time of this photo. The replacement concrete structure had classic cast pillar and panel railings. I would say it was a significant loss when that bridge was also replaced with a wider concrete slab with Jersey barrier and concrete capped with tube railings. The only cosmetic attempt made was to include gaslight style streetlights that look totally out of place on such a bulky block of concrete. I suspect that IDOT probably even made the village pay for them.

BTW, these were the only photos I could find and I do not own the rights. Those belong to the Cherry Valley Historical Society and the Cherry Valley Public Library.

Finally, compare what the entrance to the village looks like with and without the truss bridge and look at how the new State Street Bridge completely blocks almost all views of the river below with its wide lanes, wider sidewalks and higher walls. Almost 50% of the view is nothing but concrete.

Cherry Valley Railroad Bridge
Posted November 18, 2013, by Scott Wendt (wendtsc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Someone please find a picture of the beautiful 3 span skewed lattice truss bridge that these plain girders replaced to show everyone what was lost!