Bailey Bridge Trail - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Posted by: cldisme
N 41° 22.801 W 088° 02.692
16T E 412631 N 4581470
Quick Description: A 140-foot Bailey Bridge harkens back the days when this site was used as a munitions factory.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 11/22/2010 1:55:41 PM
Waymark Code: WMA681
This 140-foot Bailey Bridge is not original to the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant. There were two Bailey Bridges on arsenal property, but they fell into disrepair and could not be salvaged.
To provide the appropriate historic aspect, this surplus Bailey Bridge was purchased and assembled to over this segment of Prairie Creek.
Thirty nine volunteers spent 928 man-hours over 5 days to assemble and install the bridge.
The bridge is not accessible by vehicle - except by guided tour. Visitors must park at the coordinates listed below and walk or bike to the bridge which is approximately 3 miles away. Since it is a 6-mile round trip, please plan your visit accordingly because the park does close after dark.
Bridge Length (Optional): 140 feet
Intended use: Pedestrians or Bicycles
Date Built/Opened: 9/30/2006
Suggested Parking: N 41° 23.618 W 088° 04.668
Post an original photo (no GPS please) showing the bridge.
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