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Rock Island Railroad, DesPlaines River Bridge, Spanning DesPlaines River south of Jefferson Stree, Joliet, Will County, IL



B&W Photos

HB449398
General View From West Side Of Desplaines River Looking Southeast.

HB449399
General View Of Main Lift Span From West Side Of Desplaines River.

HB449400
General View From East Side Of Desplaines River Looking West.

HB449401
West Portal Looking Northeast.

HB449402
Lift Span Looking East.

HB449403
Lift Span And Eastern Approach Span Taken From West Side Of Desplaines River Looking Southeast.

HB449404
Lift Span And Eastern Approach Span Taken From East Side Of Desplaines River Looking Northwest.

HB449405
Detail Of West Tower Of Vertical Lift Span Looking South.

HB449406
Detail Of Counterweight, West End Of Lift Span Looking Northeast.

HB449407
Detail Of Piers Supporting Western Approach Span And Tower Looking Southeast.

HB449408
Detail Of Supports, Western Approach Span, Looking South.


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Item Title


Location
Spanning DesPlaines River south of Jefferson Stree, Joliet, IL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IL-60
Building/structure dates: 1932 initial construction
Significance: The DesPlaines bridge is one of four vertical lift bridges built over the Illinois Waterway; however, its designers, borrowing from a lift bridge constructed in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas, incorporated the lift machinery into the two towers instead of placing it directly on the lift span.

Related Names
American Bridge Company
Kefler & Elliot Construction Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW FROM WEST SIDE OF DESPLAINES RIVER LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
2. GENERAL VIEW OF MAIN LIFT SPAN FROM WEST SIDE OF DESPLAINES RIVER.
3. GENERAL VIEW FROM EAST SIDE OF DESPLAINES RIVER LOOKING WEST.
4. WEST PORTAL LOOKING NORTHEAST.
5. LIFT SPAN LOOKING EAST.
6. LIFT SPAN AND EASTERN APPROACH SPAN TAKEN FROM WEST SIDE OF DESPLAINES RIVER LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
7. LIFT SPAN AND EASTERN APPROACH SPAN TAKEN FROM EAST SIDE OF DESPLAINES RIVER LOOKING NORTHWEST.
8. DETAIL OF WEST TOWER OF VERTICAL LIFT SPAN LOOKING SOUTH.
9. DETAIL OF COUNTERWEIGHT, WEST END OF LIFT SPAN LOOKING NORTHEAST.
10. DETAIL OF PIERS SUPPORTING WESTERN APPROACH SPAN AND TOWER LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
11. DETAIL OF SUPPORTS, WESTERN APPROACH SPAN, LOOKING SOUTH.


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