Fall Creek Gorge Arch Bridge - Fall Creek IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria
N 39° 47.527 W 091° 17.444
15S E 646347 N 4406081
Quick Description: This great old stone arch bridge spans the Fall Creek Gorge a few miles north of Fall Creek IL.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 4/8/2008 6:17:16 AM
Waymark Code: WM3HMQ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 80

Long Description:
Stone Arch Bridge
This majestic stone arch span stands 33 feet above Fall Creek Gorge. Constructed of natural stone over 100 years ago it stands as a monumnet to man and his ingenuity.
Originally constructed to save farmers going to Hannibal, Missouri, the trouble of fording the gorge, the bridge continued in service until 1949, when the newer bridge was constructed 300 yards to the southwest.
The bridge has the widest arch span of any stone bridge built in Illinois in the nineteenth century to carry traffic.
~ text from nearby marker ~
Length of bridge: 48 ft

Height of bridge: 33 ft

What type of traffic does this bridge support?: now it is for hikers

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Fall Creek Gorge

Date constructed: early 19th century

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: No (see Long Description)

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Gorge Trail from the Fall Creek Rest Area

1.6 mile north of Fall Creek IL

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