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Old 12-18-2011, 06:23 PM   #16
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Really neat bridge jped



I was out an about again all day today.
Here is my updated gps file---which includes the newer track and my finds.
There are 2 of my tracks on there now--and they are dated.

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Old 12-18-2011, 06:36 PM   #17
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2nd ride 12-18-11

Well I was at it again today---finding more old bridges in Illinois.
It was a cold winter morning in Southern Illinois when I left the house----about 24 BBBBbbbbRRRRrrrr !!!!
the first bridge is actually the closest one to my house and I had never saw it. Can't believe I'd never been down
Beethoven road and over the railroad tracks.
Probably the slickest thing you can ride a motorsickle on is frozen ground barely thawed on top
from the early morning sun. You can't ride on that stuff---so I didn't.
I needed the exercise--and after finding Beethoven road new Woodlawn, Illinois I hiked---yes I hiked
about a 1/2 mile to the bridge in this muck.



I was suppose to find this---a beautiful pony truss bridge over the railroad tracks
This is an old picture I grabbed off the internet.



But found this-------it was gone.



All was left of the bridge was this pile of timbers on the West side.





And this pile on the East side.
I think you could get to the old bridge site in dry or frozen weather from either side on your
motorsickle------------I tried both--------half frozen slick mud.





You never know what you'll find when you go looking for these things---but the waypoints I had loaded made
it easy (usually) finding them.
So I set my gps to navigate me to another bridge--and after a dead end road I turned back and crossed this bridge again.
It was not on my gps----and it was kind of special-------why ?????
Because I just accidentally found it---and the plaque telling who built it---and when was still on the bridge.
Built in 1916.



Another thing that made this nice one lane bridge so special ----to me anyway---it was still standing---and in very good condition.
Think of all the traffic that went over this bridge after almost 100 years---it was almost good as new.



OK---now I'm looking for a bridge on Dog Alley Rd.
I like the sound of this road--------Ruuuffff.



I don't no if you can see my track very good---but I came in from the East and hit some really bad mud--and
then went around and came in from the West.



I have to admit I'd been to this bridge before--and have approached it from both directions--but you can't cross the bridge
on a bike---it is blocked very well. I haven't been here in 5 years and it was in much worse shape than the last time I was here.
This is bridge "dog alley rd C-PT"




This bridge was built circa 1930




This is the road coming in from the East--which I didn't do today---but had done a few years ago.







Not bad for an "Ole Dog" I guess.



Like any Dog would do-----I peed off the bridge and left my mark.





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Old 12-19-2011, 08:13 AM   #18
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That last bridge is a Warren truss; the oldest of those I've seen are around 1925 or so. There are three of them up here on MO 16 between Lewistown and Canton, with at least one of them slated for replacement in the next year.

Jped, is that bridge still standing? I've been trying without success to find it on Google Earth; bridgehunter.com has no record of it either, and if I can verify the exact location, I'd like to post the picture and description (with your permission of course). It's a truss type I've never seen before... I'm going to have to go look it up.

EDIT: Found it... it's a Waddell truss, apparently favored by railroads. Thus, possibly erected by the rail company rather than the county or state.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:21 PM   #19
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On my way to the next old bridge on the Kaskaskia river----I turned down this road just North of the very small
town of Covington--and just North of the Kaskaskia river. HHhhMMmmmmm ???



This next find was just awesome. I approached the bridge, hoping it was there---from the North on a one lane
dirt road.



Holy Moses----look what I found.



This is bridge "kaskaskia C-TT" on my gps file.
Meaning---it's closed--and is a through truss.
And it spans the Kaskaskia river.



I stayed here for a long time looking at this thing. Might be the last time I ever see it---you never know.
Might be the last time anybody sees it. It was built in the early 1900's.



I was a dead end--but there was this neat little cabin down at the end of the road beside the bridge.
No one was around----and I'm sure going to the bridge you are not trespassing.







Well-------------I couldn't pee off that bridge !!!! But I did leave my mark.



Next up "grand point C-PT" bridge.



I approached from the West down a dead end muddy road.
I don't know--but maybe in dry weather you could approach from the East ????



The old bridge was gone---all was left was some twisted steel and a few timbers.



The bridge spans Grand Point Creek.
It was originally 65 feet long and built in 1915.



I suppose this old piece of steel could tell a lot of stories if it could talk.



I was on my way to a bridge over the dry fork river--and came to a bridge waypoint I had dropped years ago.
The Gettins Bridge.



I rode thru a lot of water to get to it---I guess I didn't take a picture but I think there was no bridge---just
a low water crossing that looked to be 6 ft. deep---I turned back.



On my re-route---right where the gps pointer is I came across a closed bridge.





My garmin Road and Recreations software said this was the Rock Bluff Bridge.
I'm sure it wasn't the original---if they had left it---it would still be standing !!!!!!
It was really flooded beyond it---and I would have never gotten thru--so I re-routed again.





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Old 12-19-2011, 03:41 PM   #20
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Thanks for posting your bridges !!!!!! very cool .......I have been on a few bridge runs with Rhino........ they are truly a link to the past.....regards mark
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Thanks for posting your bridges !!!!!! very cool .......I have been on a few bridge runs with Rhino........ they are truly a link to the past.....regards mark
Your welcome triple play----now I've got at least a couple more I found on that ride.

And I got to to "dry fork C-PT"
It wasn't a bridge at all---I could see no trace of a bridge--just an easy ford.





History says a bridge used to be here and was built in 1910.




Next up "dry fork O-PT"






I forgot to pee off of it-----nor leave my Mark ?????



From the other side---there was a lot of leaves and brush caught on the bridge---so you can tell that
sometimes the water got over the bridge.



This one was built in 1909.



When I got home I put a new rear tire on my KLR.
The old dog has about 55,000 miles on it--and has seen many a tire.
I usually run a Kenda K-270, but put on a Dunlop 606 to help me get around this winter.

So far the 2 full days I've been doing this---I've never seen another motorcycle.
Of course it's winter--and I'm out in the boonies.



The weather will dictate when I can get out again and visit some more bridges.
I am really enjoying this. Lot's of fun---and close to home.

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Old 12-19-2011, 08:08 PM   #22
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Great stuff Mark. I am enjoying your photo journal. Thanks
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:51 AM   #23
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Bridge over RR in Savanna, IL more pics

I live in Clinton, IA, been here since about 1965. Not far from where I live was a place called, Allied Steel. Locals called it the "Bridge Works." About 1970 I lived in a "Rooming House" with an older fellow had worked for the BW before WWII, driving a gas semi around the Midwest delivering these bridges. He told me would often go to a small town, find the location of the bridge to be constructed, going to the local tavern or barber shop and hiring 5-6 locals to unload the bridge iron with large beams and long steel poles used as pry bars to roll the iron off the trailer. Anybody know anything about Clinton Iowa bridges?
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Okay, looking at the new pictures, I see that the bridge appears to be a wooden truss; Bridgehunter.com lists an "Iris Street Bridge" which is a Kingpost-type wooden truss, so I'm assuming this is it. According to the listing on Bridgehunter.com, it's closed to all traffic, but the picture indicates that it's actually open to pedestrian traffic. I'll see about getting it updated.

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Jped, thanks for the use of your pictures. I've updated the Bridgehunter.com page for the Iris Street Bridge, adding information gleaned from your posts, and of course, your photos. If you're interested, the page is:

http://bridgehunter.com/il/carroll/8991101839/
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Dec, 31st 2011
It's still winter---but the day before this ride I was eyeballin' the weather and a high of 54 was predicted.
I found a new riding buddy Tom Huel from Carlyle, Illinois and gave him a call.
He was all over it---and off we went on a very cold freezing morning on our Yamaha WR250R's.

Just Southeast of Anna, Illinois I would find our first bridge--the Sadler bridge.




It was an old wooden bridge---as most all the bridges we would find today were. It seemed to go to private property to me.
I had about 10 bridges to find today--most were still there----but we rode over at least 25 more just like this
that weren't even marked on bridge hunter.com ?????




These 2 were very close together----nothing spectacular like a pony truss or thru truss bridge----but they were on lonely
country roads and we had a ball riding to them.



Sadler rd O-WB



Nash rd O-WB






A third bridge on Bauer road.
Bauer rd3 O-WB






This is my new buddy Tom Huels--he got a low mileage WR250R just like mine.



We went over a whole bunch of wooden bridges not marked on bridgehunter.com






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Updated gps file for 12-31-11 ride

Updated gps file for 12-31-11 ride.
I do not advise riding this ride on a big bike. It's easy most of the time,
but gets pretty tough in at least 2 spots. Ride a small bike and pack light.

The track doesn't show me going to the Airport bridge---I did go there but edited the track log after much backtracking.
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I turned down Airport Road---(not an airport in site) ???
And there was airport bridge.
And another bridge just beyond it.









Or should I say---what was left of it.
Me and Tom laughed here and talked about our younger years racing dirt bikes and all the stupid stuff we did---and
pondered if we would have tried to ride across the creek on those I-beams-------nah !!!!!



I couldn't get thru Airport road obviously---so went around to the other bridge just to the Northwest of Airport bridge



There it is behind Tom




It's been replaced by a new bridge dang--it !!!!




It was cold all day---and I had my heated grips on high all day pretty much.
But didn't need my heated vest I'd brought along.
Tom didn't have any heated grips but never complained.
We went down Wilderness retreat road next.



wilderness retreat rd O-WB






I decided to take the WR on this ride instead of the KLR---as I had routed us thru some pretty tough riding later on.




This road here is on a map----and has washed out really bad---it looks bad--but is worse than it looks.
You have to ride beside a deep rut---and it's off camber--if you tip over you are probably going to break your leg--and if you
keep it upright--you'll just go off in the deep rut. It's very steep here--the it got muddy past this as we crossed 2 creeks.







I laughed at this one---looks like the board is holding up the bridge---maybe it was ???
It can't be long before all this bridges will disappear.
Just as soon as those O'Bama dollars kick in.



We went down Bean ridge road which is a really fun and neat one lane dirt gravel road.
Off of Bean ridge I turned down a road that I knew dead ended eventually---but I knew of some single track that ran
high on a ridge before dropping down into Sexton Creek.
It was mucky on top of that ridge and we both were sliding all over the place.



And when Tom descended this steep hill---he started off way to fast, and I thougth he was going to smack that tree or hit me on the way down.
He was kind of cussing me on the way down---with a smile !!!!
There was slick mud under a 6" layer of leaves.



We dropped into Sexton creek which is also the old McClure road believe it or not---it goes on like this for a mile or so.
Really deep loose river gravel in which you cross a dozen water crossings.
It's a hoot if you have a small bike with a steering damper---not so much if you don't.
I've ridden my 950 thru here---but wouldn't do it again.
Tom makes it look easy.



Right as you come out of Sexton creek and continue East on the old McClure road--you go by this neat old siloh.



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Man the riding was good that day---we rode North on a river levee for many miles--then up into the Pine Hills area of the Shawnee Forest--then
North on a narrow road on top of a bluff overlooking the migty Mississippi river on top of Government rock.
After descending the high rock ridge. we road another levee West and came to another bridge in my GPS--except this was an old
but active railroad tressell which goes over the Big Muddy river--and not far from here dumps into the Mississippi.



I have one memeory of this bridge----a few years ago a steam locomotive was going to come down the tracks and over this bridge.
I heard about it from a friend----and I waited for 5 hrs. in the pouring rain for the steam engine to cross this bridge--it was
going to be a wonderful sight and I couldn't wait to get a picture of it. Seems the engine broke down in St. Louis I think and never got here
till a few days later. As I recall the train was carrying passengers that were stopping at many baseball games. Kind of forgot the details.



We bee-lined it for some late afternoon lunch at my favorite eating establishment after getting some
gas in Grand Tower, Illinois.
The Bottoms Up Bar and Grill in Nunert, Illinos---Population about 14 I think.
They have great food here and are really nice people-----I luv this place and have taken my wife here
several times.



After leaving the Bottom's up we headed South on route 3 and then East on Oakwood Bottoms road, which goes thru
some neat flooded bottom land that is barely out of the water---and got on another leveee road that came up on the other side
of the same railroad bridge we came by earlier.

This is bridge Halsey O-TTRR




I'ts been on my bucket list for at least 25 years to ride across this tressell--now how stupid is that. Not today I told Tom !!!!
Looks like the perfect place to break a leg.



It was really windy now---and we sat on the tracks awhile---and I finally thougth I better get off the tracks. I wasn't sure
you could here a train coming it was so windy.




After this we headed East on a levee and up into the Pine Hills again and headed for home.
Me and Tom had just met---but had a great time together.
Until next time----I've got way more bridges to find.
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