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Old 08-08-2011, 12:04 PM   #71
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Originally Posted by vfrpilot View Post
The wife and I went on a little ride this past weekend and saw a couple of bridges of intrest.
First we crossed the Sangamon on the Bolivia road bridge. What a cool old bridge!

Then we stopped and walked across the Sugar Creek Covered bridge. It's just South of Springfield. N 39 38.440 W 89 39.762
I don't know the history of it, wheather it was moved there or was originally built there.

Then we continued on riding over to Pittsfield where we rode ThumperDRZ's Ill-Mo river track.
After going down to St Peters MO and spending the night, we came up the MO side and crossed the Mississippi at Louisiana. Between Louisiana and Rock Port IL we happened across this old bridge.

It's located at N 39 30641 W91 00.014
Thought you might be interested in this one!

vfrpilot, yes this is the original location of the Sugar Creek Covered Bridge (also known as the Glenarm, or Hedley bridge). This 60 foot span is listed on the National register of historic places and is one of 5 remaining 19th century covered bridges in Illinois. Rehabilitated by IDOT in 1965 to keep it intact, this wonderful old structure was placed on a modern under-deck and embankments to keep it preserved for many years to come. The historical society of Sangamon County established ‘Pioneer Park’ adjacent to the bridge in honor of Robert Pullian, who settled there around 1817. The original bridge was constructed around 1880 using the Burr Arch design and served as a passage across Sugar Creek for what must of been countless settlers, livestock and traders for many, many years. This site is wonderfully kept and is just a mile or so off of historic Route 66. For a nice diversion when traveling the ‘Mother Road’ or heading down I-55, exit at Glenarm (Exit 83) and take the frontage road up through and past Glenarm and follow the signs. It’s beautiful country and just a short hop off the main road.

The old iron bridge is The Syn Bridge, a pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss bridge over The Sny River on TR 136, 2 mi. south of Rockport in Atlas Township, Pike County. It has a total length: 139.4 ft. , deck width: 15.7 ft. and a vertical clearance above deck: 11.0 ft.

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