Overview after rehabilitation
This photo from Wayne Johnson shows the refurbished bridge with a pedestrian walkway
BH Photo #104327
I would assume that the Illinois bridge above was built by the same Kellogg Bridge Company. Both spans would have been built for the Chicago & Alton.
As usual however, the choice in railings was abysmal. Horizontal Metal pole railings provide much less visual obstruction of the truss structure. Wood, cyclone fencing, and vertically oriented metal railings all obstruct the view of the historic structure. Otherwise however, it is nice to see this structure being taken care of and having a useful function once again.
Effective since about May 2006, the Chicago & Alton Railroad Bridge over Stinson Creek is now a Fulton City Park. The restoration and conversion of the area to a city park is exceptional. It includes guarded bridge rails over the old bridge, an asphalt walking path across the bridge and through the woods along Hickman. The path is approximately two miles in length and is really well done.
is all the track still in place on the old roadbed? Email me back if anyone gets time. Very intresting.
I grew up around this bridge. It had always had an attraction to me as to its design and subsequent abandonment. I remember hopper cars crossing it in the late 1970's to the clay mines to the west.
Years of neglect allowed tons of debris to accumulate against the supporting structure and fires set by vandals weakend the structure to collapse.
I remember seeing one support collapse and float downstream to where it destroyed a low water pedestrian bridge at Westminster college.
Even though I wish to see a passenger rail service restored to Cedar City, this bridge needs to be dismantled as it is a dangerous and attractive hazard to children and adults.
I live in Fulton and attend one of the colleges. I have frequented this bridge. It is intersting structure since it has all been abondaned. It's a great place for filming and/or photography. It's a must see!