|11-29-2011, 07:59 AM||#1|
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: central Illinois (Bloomington)
475+ old bridges in Illinois
Here is a gpx file of more than 475 old bridges in Illinois. Most of the bridges are old iron structures. Some are concrete or stone arches. A few are simple wooden decks on iron stringers. There are even a few covered bridges. I have visited and photographed many of these old bridges, but not all of them. Some can be crossed and some can not. Most are on public land, but a few are on private property. The majority of these bridges (particularly those in the southern half of the state) can be found on a gravel or dirt road. There can be mud, there are a few water crossing and beautiful scenery.
Several of these bridges disappear (torn down/wash away/vandalised) every year.
After the name of the bridge is a code I have given to each one. Example:bolivia rd bridge O-TT= Open Through Truss
O-PT=open pony truss
C-PT+closed pony truss
O-TT=open through truss
C-TT=closed through truss
O-SA=open stone arch
C-SA=closed stone arch
O-CA=open concrete arch
C-CA=closed concrete arch
O-CB=open covered bridge
C-CB=closed covered bridge
O-WB=open wooden bridge
C-WB=closed wooden bridge
As time permits, I will loop many of the more interesting bridges together with as much gravel and dirt as possible and post the track/route here.
I hope you enjoy these old structures as much as I do!
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