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H. Wallace Caldwell Memorial Bridge, Swinging Bridge

Caldwell Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Albert David

Bridge Documented: May 25, 2017

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Des Plaines River
Location
Riverside: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Structure Type
Metal Wire Cable Suspension, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1940 By Builder/Contractor: William J. Howard Company of Chicago, Illinois
Rehabilitation Date
2002
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
170.0 Feet (51.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This suspension footbridge has a somewhat modern appearance, due to the use of early welded construction and possible deck and railing alterations. The original bridge at this location was built in 1893. That bridge was replaced by a suspension bridge in 1905. The existing suspension bridge was built in 1940 and rehabilitated in 2002.

Albert David provided the following additional information:

When I went to the Riverside Historical Museum, I did view a few photos of the bridge from before its renovation in 2002, as well as photos of other bridges in the town that are no longer standing. I also found out that the entire deck was replaced in 2002. However, none of these photos showed really clear views of this bridge's railings from prior to 2002, when the deck and railings were replaced. Based on what I could make out though, it appears that the current posts are patterned after the originals, though the current posts are taller. The end posts appear to be original, and I attached photos of them, along with photos of the brackets where the previous fencing (which appeared in the photos that I viewed to have been traditional chain link fencing) had connected to the end posts.

 

Above: Historical photo showing 1893 bridge at this location.

Above: Historical photo showing 1905 bridge at this location.

 

Above: Historical photo showing construction of the existing 1940 bridge.


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