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Terre Haute and Southwestern Railroad Bridge



"The Terre Haute & Southwestern Railroad was an enterprise that at one time excited considerable interest in this county. It was to start from Terre Haute, cross the Wabash somewhere between Darwin and York, and thence in a southwesterly direction, via Olney or Flora, tap the Mississippi River at a convenient place, and so on to a southwestern terminus. This route would open up a region then having but few railroads, a region rich in mineral wealth, as well as in agricultural resources. Lines were surveyed, work was commenced and some grading done in places. Much of the timber for the bridge over the Wabash was gotten out and collected at the place of crossing, and everything seemed to indicate the building of the road. But amid the great number of railroad projects of the country, it was lost or swallowed up, and now it is, we believe, wholly abandoned."

History of Clark and Crawford Counties, Illinois By W. H. Perrin, 1883

The piers were first mentioned in 1874 as "SW Bridge Piers" in a journal entry for the excursion steamboat Diana. By 1876, the railroad was to be built from Terre Haute to Cape Giradeau. Approximate location based on a table of distances on the Wabash River from 1884.


Unfinished bridge over Wabash River on Terre Haute and Southwestern Railroad
Sullivan County, Indiana, and Clark County, Illinois
Never finished
Piers built
- Terre Haute & Southwestern Railroad
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.25041, -87.58518   (decimal degrees)
39°15'01" N, 87°35'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/449507/4344728 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 68376 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 8, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: moved pin to what might be a pier
  • July 8, 2015: Added by Jacob P. Bernard