Searching for Old Bridges in Central Illinois

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  1. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Next is the Warren Bedstead pony truss bridge over South Fork Sangamon River on TR 343, 8 mi. west of Rosamond in Christian County. This bridge is just recently closed do to debris being washed up on the upstream side of the bridge. The bridge has a Total length: 80.0 ft. and Deck width: 13.4 ft. At the time we were there the bridge could be crossed on two wheels, but not sure how much longer this will be possible.

    Location: N39°22'16" , W89°18'26"


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  2. vfrpilot

    vfrpilot Stress Relief Rider

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    Hey Brad! posts 79 & 80 are two different bridges with the same location listed.
    I'm mapping these out and figured that you mistakenly listed the same location. Can you check it out?
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  3. rhino_adv

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    Gary, Thanks for catching that!! Post 79 was the incorrect one (corrected now). Also, while checking I found the second bridge in post 74 was incorrect as well. it is also corrected..

    thanks, Brad
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    Here is the 2nd of the Warren Bedstead pony truss bridges over South Fork Sangamon River. This one is on TR 343, 8 mi. west of Rosamond in Christian county. This bridge is open to traffic with a total length: 50.8 ft. and a Deck width: 13.1 ft.

    Location: N39°22'17" , W89°18'48"

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  5. Mtn Man

    Mtn Man Been here awhile

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    Here is a neat old bridge near the TAT in Tennessee.

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  6. Mtn Man

    Mtn Man Been here awhile

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    Found one more, this is on the TAT in the middle part of Tennessee.

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  7. PacificPT

    PacificPT Been here awhile

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    Really nice seeing those historical bridges, I always enjoy hopping on this thread to see what is new.
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  8. rhino_adv

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    I really dont know anything about this bridge other than it looks to have been closed for several years. We headed east from the last bridge, enroute to the next one, when I saw this "road closed ahead" sign. We proceded down the road and found this. The aproach on the west end had been washed away and the bridge planks removed.



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    From here we headed into town for fuel and ran across this old pull type road maintainer.

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  9. alekkas

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    This one seems exceptionally cool. Thanks for the pics. I recently came across a partial bridge. For me, it added something. Maybe because it seemed more of a relic than a still complete one. Not sure. The only drawback is you can't walk it.
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  10. rhino_adv

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    Here is the last of the pin-connected, 4-panel Pratt bedstead pony truss bridges over the South Fork Sangamon River. This one is on TR 307A, 7 mi. east of Morrisonville. The bridge is open to traffic with a Total length: 61.0 ft and
    Deck width: 12.8 ft.

    Location: N39°24'27" , W89°18'58


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    another old iron structure in the area.....

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  11. rhino_adv

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    Here we have the Through truss bridge over Bear Creek on TR 70, 1.75 mi. north of Palmer. This bridge was built in 1916 and is open to traffic. The bridge has a Total length: 104.0 ft., Deck width: 15.1 ft. and a Vertical clearance above deck of: 14.0 ft.

    Location: N 39°29'30" ,W 89°24'54"


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    Here is the closed Pony truss bridge over Prairie Fork on TR 277, 1 mi. northwest of Morrisonvle in Christian County. The bridge has a Total length: 49.8 ft. and Deck width: 13.1 ft.

    Location: N39°26'12", W89°28'16"

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  16. Nardowell

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    Here is a picture of the Green Gables which is well known for good burgers. Lake Road Inn across the street has great food also.

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  17. rhino_adv

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  18. Sourjon

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    Rhino: I posted the Kentucky Covered Bridges and found this thread from your sig. Here's a pic from a cool looking bridge near Augusta, KY that looks a lot like the Rainbow Bridge from page 1. Smaller yes, but the arches are very similar. Great thread.

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  19. rhino_adv

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    Sourjon,.....thanks for sharing the arch bridge, it is very interesting. I really enjoyed your ride report on the covered bridges in Kentucky! I especially enjoyed the Switzer Bridge and Valley Pike Bridge, very rustic!!! If your interested here is a link to a ride a buddy and I took a week and a half ago into Indiana that had several covered bridges on it.

    Brad
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  20. Sourjon

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    Valley Pike is in bad shape. It's privately owned and not maintained but I rode across it anyway. The Illinois route looks interesting. If you post a revision I'd be interested. I'll be in Casey/Moonshine on Nov 5 and might stay over and try to ride it on Sunday weather and work permitting. I did the Hoosier National Forest Ride this past weekend and saw several covered bridges but didn't have the time to stop and investigate. Have to go back!

    John

    Here's the floor on Valley Pike.
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