Today I met up with inmates, tripleplay and JUNIOR650 with plans to photograph a couple old iron bridges in Champaign county. The GPS told us to head east on US-136 and then turn south a few miles beyond Heyworth and then back east. We traveled some twisty black top, gravel and even a long streach of grass field road (gps said township road). We came across this sign at the bottom of a small valley right next to a creek.
We contuined east towards the first bridge. The Hazen Bridge
, also known as the Newcomb Bridge, is a steel bridge
spanning the Sangamon River
north of Mahomet
in Champaign County, Illinois
. It was constructed at a location known as White's ford
, a popular crossing location of that era because of its proximity to Mahomet and Shiloh Church. The bridge was built in 1893 by Seevers Manufacturing Company of Oskaloosa, Iowa
for the bid of $4,985. The name is derived from the Hazen family which owned property adjacent to the crossing. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places
in 1994 as structure #94000433. The Hazen Bridge is a Pratt Through Truss desgin with timber flooring, with a length of 288 feet and a height above the deck of 14 feet. The bridge was bypassed in 1993 when a new concrete bridge was built just south of its location.
Location: N40°15'10", W88°23'01"