Additional Information: Despite its appearance that is similar to bridges that follow the designs of the City of Chicago, this bridge in fact was designed by Strauss Bascule Bridge Company and has the patented design of the county, which included a counterweight trunnion in addition to the main trunnion.
There are a number of bridges on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal that have a curved pony truss design somewhat similar to the bridges seen in the downtown loop, but the curve is slightly less defined at the ends, perhaps suggesting a slightly lesser concern for aesthetics in this more industrial part of town. This is a good representative example. This bridge is also one of a number of bascule bridges on the canal that no longer operate. In this case, the bridgetender building appears to have been completely removed. This bridge is a two-lane structure, and was built in 1926. Even though a number of these bridges don't raise anymore, these bridges are still unique structures that retain the bascule truss design and as such deserve to be preserved.
Carnegie Steel marks are found on a number of areas on bridge's steel indicating the source of the steel used in this bridge.
The historical photo at the bottom of this narrative shows two lights for the bridge. Looking at the top of each light, Chicago's Municipal Device (inverted Y symbol) can be seen.
The Annual Report of the Department of Public Works for 1914 stated that at that time, plans had been developed to construct a bascule bridge at this location. However, those plans for a "permanent bridge" were scrapped for unknown reasons and instead a plan to build a timber trestle with a plate girder span were prepared instead.
Thanks to Tom Winkle for providing boat transportation to assist in the photo-documentation of this historic bridge.
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