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CKIN - Kankakee River Bridge


East side May 24, 2009

Former PRR bridge can be somewhat seen in background behind this bridge.

Photo taken by James Norwood


BH Photo #140685



Deck plate girder bridge over Kankakee River on Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad (ex-C&O, CSX Transportation) in English Lake
English Lake, Starke County, Indiana, and La Porte County, Indiana
Built 1954
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chesapeake & Indiana Railroad (CKIN)
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O; CO)
Deck plate girder
Also called
C&O - Kankakee River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.27138, -86.82748   (decimal degrees)
41°16'17" N, 86°49'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/514449/4568897 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
English Lake
Inventory number
BH 42612 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • June 2, 2009: New photos from James Norwood
  • May 26, 2009: Added by James Norwood


  • James Norwood


C&O Railroad Kankakee River bridge
Posted June 2, 2009, by James Norwood

Thanks Mr. Zimmerman, your photos and information have been incorporated into the site.

C&O Railroad Kankakee River bridge
Posted June 2, 2009, by Karl Zimmerman (karl [dot] zimmerman [at] valpo [dot] edu)

This bridge has a 1954 builder's plate (Mt. Vernon Bridge Company, Mt. Vernon, OH) on one of the nine plate girder spans. The bridge is completely riveted--no welding at all. It is in excellent condition for its age, with only a little bit of surface rust around the lower flange of the plate girders (which would be expected).

I took many photos of this bridge and its surroundings during a bridge inspection in June 2008, when I was able to climb all over the bridge. I have attached six of the better ones here.