Searching for Old Bridges in Central Illinois

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by rhino_adv, May 22, 2011.

  1. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Kim,
    The calling card is a really neat idea, but I cannot take credit for it. I kinda stole the idea from Cannonshot. :lol3

    Brad
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    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Up next is the Walnut Creek Bridge. This is a riveted, 5-panel Pratt pony truss bridge SE of Altona, over Walnut Creek on TR 254. This bridge is on a dirt (or mud if it is wet) road. The bridge has a concrete floor with a total length: 74.1 ft. and deck width of: 13.1 ft.

    Location:41°05'42" N, 90°07'01" W

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    Brad
  3. blacktruck

    blacktruck Shiftless

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    Been away for awhile. Now that I'm back I've managed to find this thread again. Love to see the pics of the area and bridges that are close to home. I have high hopes of finding some in future trips myself. Thanks for sharing..
    Ride safe there man..
    Ken
  4. DustyPockets

    DustyPockets Flatland wanderer.

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    Stumbled upon the Sangamon river bridge in Piatt county today, mentioned earlier in this thread, I have rode down Lickskillet road many times and never knew it was there.

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  5. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    I was out riding this afternoon and ended up in Ford county and ran across an old iron bridge i had not yet photographed. This bridge was built across Kelly Creek on E3000N road in 1926, but has been abandoned for many years.

    Location: 40 55' 06"N. 88 13' 00"W

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    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Having grown up, lived and ridden in the area (i.e. Pontiac, Bloomington and Normal) eons ago, I have greatly enjoyed this thread and your pictures.
  7. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Im glad you are enjoying this thread.

    Brad
  8. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Good stuff Brad---glad you still finding these old bridges.
    I forgot all about this thread till I just happened to see it pop up.

    Mark
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    zoid Dirty Old Hippie

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    Been checking this thread occasionally, hoping for new posts. When I go gravel road riding I enjoy taking a break on old bridges. Great topic!
  10. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    Mark,
    I am sure there are a few old steel bridges i have missed here in central illinois, but i have photographed most of them. I am just going to have to throw the camping gear on the klr and do some weekend photo shoots in the counties further away.

    Brad
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    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    I searched for this bridge twice before, but was unable to locate it. Today i was riding in Piatt County when my Garman notified me that I was close to this bridge. I decided to look again, and found a gravel lane off the road i had not noticed before. At the end of the lane was a barracade with a narrow foot trail beyond it. I got off my KLR and headed into the timber. Less than 10 minuets later I found this.

    Pratt through truss bridge over Sangamon River on the Heartland Pathways, a rail trail converted from the former Illinois Central rail line
    Location: 40°05'37" N, 88°31'55" W *


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