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Peru East City Limits 1933 Art Kistler IDOT

Notice LP high school in background
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Peru East City Limits (ST Mark's Ravine) 1933 ARt Kistler IDOT

St Mark's Ravine with New Bridge 1935
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Art Kistler Photo from IDOT

Map of Stracks under bridge
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In 1909 is when they built the first bridge in this area called St. Marks Ravine

1906 platbook shows area in Peru Il
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1962 Utica IL
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Photo by Art Kistler IDOT

Utica Swing bridge 1962
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Photo by ARt Kistler IDOT

Utica Swing Bridge and New bridge 1962
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Photo by Art Kistler

In 1880 a bridge across the Illinois River is built in Utica.

In 1891 a severe rainstorm almost wipes out the village of Utica.

1906 A tornado destroys the center span of Utica bridge. IT killed one man and his team of horses.

1960 A barge loaded with 1300 tons of coal strikes the IL river bridge in Utica and sinks. No injuries, or damage to the bridge was reported.

Utica IL Swing bridge over Il river
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1962 ARt Kistler photo

Spring Valley Bridge- Tom Romanowski photo
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Thank you Tom!

1924 Jonesville rte 71 bridge
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Over the Vermilion river and CB&Q track

1959 rte 71 bridge Jonesville Art Kistler IDOT
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rte 71 bridge near Jonesville
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Art Kistler photos IDOT Notice the CB&Q track on West side of river

Spring Valley River bridge in distance
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1935 Art Kistler IDOT

ICRR bridge Mendota 1938
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ARt Kistler IDOT Located North of town near rte 52 and 351

CB&Q bridge 1938Mendota IL
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Art Kistler Photo IDOT Bridge is still there in 2013 BNSF RR

The Depue RR bridge
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The NYC, MILW and II&I used this bridge

Jonesville rte 71 Original arch bridge 1911
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Rosenkranz IDOT phot

The "Three I" bridge in Depue
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The Indiana, Illinois & Iowa RR.

As far as I know, this bridge above was called the "Three I" bridge. Named after the Indiana, Illinois & Iowa RR. Later it became the C. I. & S. RR (The Chicago, Indiana and Southern. This was an important bridge, in that the Milwaukee Road also used it to get to Oglesby via Hennepin etc. 
The railroads which used this line up to Ladd and Zearing would be: I. I & I. RR,
 which later became the
C. I.& SI. I & I. RR,
NYC (New York Central) which later became Penn Central.
The Milwaukee Road also used it about up to 1980.

Press the link below to read about when the bridge was struck by a barge in Dec 1964 and caught fire:

 Thanks (Dennis) to those who helped find the facts for this bridge.

Depue Bridge Fire

Spring Vallet Rte 6 1947 CB&Q overpass
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Art Kistler Photo IDOT

Spring Valley 1959 CB&Q overpass Rte 6
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Art Kistler Photo 1959

OTTAWA IL RIVER BRIDGE 1885-1906
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Thanks to Eugene Smania for providing many of these photos!

OTTAWA IL RIVER BRIDGE 1910-1933
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OTTAWA BRIDGE plans
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