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Lincoln Memorial Bridge - Vincennes, IN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 40.840 W 087° 32.053
16S E 453533 N 4281476
Quick Description: Lincoln is said to have passed this way upon his entry into Illinois.
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 10/22/2008 6:23:36 AM
Waymark Code: WM50NW
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 15

Long Description:

Carries US-50.
Crosses: The Wabash River.
Longest Span: 189.9 feet.
Total Length: 1065.6 feet.
Width: 22 feet
Dedication/Opening: September 3, 1933.

For the Lincoln Memorial Bridge is a deck arch bridge carrying Business U.S. Route 50 over the Wabash River between Vincennes and Lawrence County, Illinois. It is said to mark the point where Abraham Lincoln crossed the Wabash River on his way into Illinois for the first time at the tender age of 21. That would be 1830 if you have been doing your math the whole time.

The marker in the photo has this text:

WABASH RIVER IN 1779
Pp> The French founded the settlement of Vincennes along the Wabash River in 1732 to protect this important trade route from the English and to strengthen relations with the Indians in this area. This region subsequently was controlled by the British following their victory in the French and Indian War three decades later. The Wabash River also was strategically important in the contest between the British and Americans for control of the West during the Revolutionary War and in the War of 1812.

Length of bridge: 1065.6 feet

What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Motor Vehicles

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Wabash River


Date constructed: 1932

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: yes

Name of road or trail the bridge services: US business 50

Location:
east end: Vincennes, (Knox County) Indiana. west end: Westport, (Lawrence County), Illinois.


Height of bridge: Not listed

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