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This is a list of all 31 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state Illinois. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of states.
1859 General Dean (Carlyle)
Carlyle, Illinois, USA (Kaskaskia River)
Bridgemeister ID:58
Structurae ID:0001383
O'Donnell ID:365
Coordinates:N 38.61083 W 89.35671
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BPL, GBD
Principals:D. Griffith Smith
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:264f
Notes
  • Rebuilt 1920s, 1970s. Restored, 1950's, for use as a footbridge.
  • Bypassed, 1924.
Photograph, collection of David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photograph, collection of David Denenberg
1870 (footbridge)
Rockford, Illinois, USA (Kent Creek - Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum)
Bridgemeister ID:594
Principals:Robert Tinker
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed, 1976
Notes
1893 Cable
Chicago, Illinois, USA (Garfield Park)
Bridgemeister ID:320
References:HBE
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Photograph, collection of David Denenberg
1898 (footbridge)
Pontiac, Illinois, USA (Vermilion River - Chautauqua Park)
Bridgemeister ID:312
Coordinates:N 40.87696 W 88.62358
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Joliet Bridge and Iron Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire

Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Edward Windhorst
1898 (footbridge)
Pontiac, Illinois, USA (Vermilion River - Chautauqua Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1862
Coordinates:N 40.87554 W 88.62279
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Joliet Bridge and Iron Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire

Notes
Photo by Edward Windhorst
1902 Iron
Peoria, Illinois, USA (Glen Oak Park)
Bridgemeister ID:2535
Use:Footbridge
Status:Closed, 2003 (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:50f
Side spans:2 x 25f
Photo by Karl Stull
1929 Ogden Park
Chicago, Illinois, USA (Ogden Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1657
References:AAJ
Principals:Linn White, C.R. Hoyt, George T. Donahue
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:125f
Deck width:8.5f
Notes
  • Looking at a picture of this bridge spanning about 150 feet of water, and looking at present-day maps and images of Ogden Park, I was having difficulty reconciling the two as present-day Ogden Park has no waterways. The Chicago Park District web site explains, "Additionally, each [of several city parks] had a beautiful landscape with a meandering waterway near a meadow of ballfields. Ogden Park's waterway was drained and filled in 1940."
1935 Iowa-Illinois Memorial I
Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline, Illinois, USA (Mississippi River)
Bridgemeister ID:180
Structurae ID:0008051
O'Donnell ID:533
Coordinates:N 41.52095 W 90.513033
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, CMR
Principals:Modjeski, Masters, and Chase
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:740f
Side spans:2 x 370f
Deck width:24.2f

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1936 (footbridge)
Tower Lakes, Illinois, USA (Tower Lake)
Bridgemeister ID:1306
Use:Footbridge
Suspended spans:3
Main spans:3
Notes
  • There is at least one other suspension footbridge in the Tower Lakes area, but this 1936 3-span bridge appears to be the largest and the only one with a level deck.
1939 Sullivan-Hutsonville
Hutsonville, Illinois and Sullivan, Indiana, USA (Wabash River)
Bridgemeister ID:196
Structurae ID:0008022
Coordinates:N 39.1101 W 87.6551
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPL, IMB, SJR19880926
Principals:Steinman & Robinson, R.V. Milbank, Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co., Charles J. Glasgow
Use:Vehicular (two-lane, with walkway)
Status:Demolished, 1989
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:350f
Side spans:2 x 150f
Deck width:20f
Notes
  • Demolished 1989. This bridge was Steinman's attempt at a self-anchored suspension bridge and met a controversial demise in 1989. An article in the September 26, 1988 issue of the Springfield, IL "The State Journal-Register" describes the ongoing controversy. The company to which the $100,000 demolition contract was let offered to turn the money over to save the bridge. The locals agreed, but the company's Chief Engineer Stephen Schneider was quoted, "I think Indiana really wants to tear it down. They've been ... forced to send inspectors out every two weeks. I think they just want the headache gone." Gary Abell, spokesman for the Indiana Dept. Of Highways said its design is "not one of the best. It works in theory, but not in practice. This is like trying to save a mistake." After a lot of back-and-forth, the locals gave up, "We've had it with them. We don't want anything more to do with it. They can tear the damn thing down." Animosity toward this bridge continues 13 years after its demolition. In 2002, in an email to Wayne Grodkiewicz (who provided me with much information about this bridge), an INDOT representative said, "I am not sure why you are interested in that bridge, but from our stand point, it was a very poorly designed bridge that had many many problems from the day that it was completed, until it was brought down."
  • See www.bridgehunter.com: Historic Bridges of the United States | Hutsonville Bridge | Crawford County, Illinois.
1955 (pipeline bridge)
Grand Tower, Illinois and Wittenberg vicinity, Missouri, USA (Mississippi River)
Bridgemeister ID:1028
Structurae ID:0008138
Coordinates:N 37.6417 W 89.513217
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:2,161.5f
Notes
  • Large pipeline bridge, sometimes claimed to be "world's largest pipeline suspension bridge".
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by David Denenberg
1955 Gateway
Clinton, Iowa and East Clinton, Illinois, USA (Mississippi River)
Bridgemeister ID:331
Structurae ID:0030648
O'Donnell ID:532
Coordinates:N 41.83785 W 90.18455
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:CMR
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:644f
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1960 Iowa-Illinois Memorial II
Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline, Illinois, USA (Mississippi River)
Bridgemeister ID:213
Structurae ID:0008050
O'Donnell ID:534
Coordinates:N 41.52095 W 90.513033
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:CMR
Use:Vehicular
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1973 (footbridge)
Lincoln, Illinois, USA (Kickapoo Creek - Kickapoo Creek County Park)
Bridgemeister ID:909
Coordinates:N 40.17338 W 89.37623
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1
1978 (footbridge)
Pontiac, Illinois, USA (Vermilion River - Humiston Riverside Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1710
Coordinates:N 40.876867 W 88.63325
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Photo by Edward Windhorst
2005 (footbridge)
Rockford, Illinois, USA (Kent Creek - Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum)
Bridgemeister ID:1839
Coordinates:N 42.2645 W 89.101667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main span:1
Side span:1

Notes
Photo by William Bridges
(conveyor bridge)
Joliet, Illinois, USA (Des Plaines River - Joliet 29 Generating Station)
Bridgemeister ID:2574
Coordinates:N 41.494281 W 88.119729
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Conveyor
Status:Extant (last checked, 2012)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
(footbridge)
Altorf vicinity, Illinois, USA (Kankakee River State Park)
Bridgemeister ID:834
Coordinates:N 41.205533 W 87.984933
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
(footbridge)
Aurora, Illinois, USA (Virgil L. Gilman Trail)
Bridgemeister ID:1559
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:33m
Deck width:2.7m
Notes
  • On the Virgil L. Gilman Trail near the intersection of Orchard Rd. and Prairie St. At mile marker 6.5 on the trail.
Photo by Eckhard Bernstorff
(footbridge)
Batavia, Illinois, USA (Fox River - Clark Park)
Bridgemeister ID:808
Coordinates:N 41.847 W 88.308067
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:25m
Deck width:1.5m
Notes
  • There are two small footbridges at this location. The coordinates are for the bridge that connects from the Batavia side (west) of the Fox River to an island. The other bridge is about 200 feet away and connects the first island to another island.
  • Connects to (footbridge) - Batavia, Illinois, USA.
Photo by Eckhard Bernstorff
(footbridge)
Batavia, Illinois, USA (Fox River - Clark Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1840
Coordinates:N 41.847 W 88.308067
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:25m
Deck width:1.5m
Notes
  • There are two small footbridges at this location. The coordinates are for the bridge that connects from the Batavia side (west) of the Fox River to an island. The other bridge is about 200 feet away and connects the first island to another island.
  • Connects to (footbridge) - Batavia, Illinois, USA.
Photo by Eckhard Bernstorff Photo by William Bridges
(footbridge)
East Alton, Illinois, USA (Citizens Bank building)
Bridgemeister ID:2544
Use:Footbridge
Status:Extant (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Small footbridge at the entrance to the circular Citizens Bank building in East Alton.
(footbridge)
North Riverside, Illinois, USA (Des Plaines River - Riverside Golf Club)
Bridgemeister ID:861
O'Donnell ID:153
Coordinates:N 41.84336 W 87.82781
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~150f
Notes
  • This bridge employs an interesting system of cable stays and inclined suspenders. It accomodates foot and golf cart traffic.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Peoria, Illinois, USA (Madison Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1694
Use:Footbridge
Suspended spans:1
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
(footbridge)
Rockford vicinity, Illinois, USA (Kishwaukee River - Atwood Park)
Bridgemeister ID:862
O'Donnell ID:154
Coordinates:N 42.18276 W 89.0564
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~213f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Shelbyville, Illinois, USA
Bridgemeister ID:267
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
(footbridge)
St. Charles, Illinois, USA (Fox River arm - Pottawatomie Golf Course)
Bridgemeister ID:1841
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~30m
Deck width:2.1m
Photo by Eckhard Bernstorff
(suspension bridge)
Cornell, Illinois, USA (Vermilion River - Valley View Acres)
Bridgemeister ID:1693
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • The postcard says, "Valley View Acres. Cornell, Illinois. Located on Illinois Rte 23 between Streator, Illinois and Pontiac, Illinois. The picturesque suspension bridge spanning the old Vermilion River at Valley View Acres joining the camping area on both sides of river..."
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
(suspension bridge)
Galesburg, Illinois, USA (Lake Bracken)
Bridgemeister ID:280
Acme Conveyor
Chicago, Illinois, USA (Calumet River)
Bridgemeister ID:2441
Coordinates:N 41.69399 W 87.55206
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Conveyor
Status:Demolished, August 22, 2005
Main span:400f
Notes
  • Large industrial structure. According to the August 22, 2005 U.S. Coast Guard press release on the demolition: "The suspended conveyor bridge is approximately 26 feet wide, 400 feet in length, and has a vertical clearance of 130 feet. It is located in an industrial area approximately 15 miles south of downtown Chicago on the old Acme Steel and Heckett Slag properties."
H. Wallace Caldwell Memorial (Swinging)
Riverside, Illinois, USA (Des Plaines River)
Bridgemeister ID:775
O'Donnell ID:152
Coordinates:N 41.826083 W 87.8176
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~210f
Notes
  • Deck replaced August 26-27, 2002.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell

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