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Evanston-Wilmette Railroad Bridge

Evanston-Wilmette Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 29, 2009

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Key Facts

Location
Evanston: Cook County, Illinois: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1909 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: C. R. Dart

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
180 Feet (55 Meters)
Structure Length
320 Feet (98 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Carlton R. Dart

Although clearly an attractive and historic structure, this bridge is nonetheless a traditional stationary riveted Warren through truss with no distinguishing details constructed within the period in which this type of bridge was frequently being built on railroad. However, perhaps this normalcy is what makes it stand out in Cook County, which is filled with movable truss bridges and other unusual bridge designs. It was built to carry the railroad over the North Shore Channel, and as such it has a Sanitary District plaque on it.

Please be aware that this is a CTA line which means it is not extremely busy, but it also has an electrified third rail. Walking on this bridge or related trackage is not recommended, and would likely result in one of several possible unpleasant consequences (police response, being flattened by a train, electrocuted to death, etc).

George Monroe Wisner

That said, there is an open field or golf course or some such thing that you can view this bridge from, particularly in the winter when the leaves are off the trees. A distance view of the bridge can be had from Central Street Bridge too.

Carlton R. Dart (listed as C. R. Dart on the plaque) was the bridge engineer. George Monroe Wisner (George. M. Wisner on the plaque) was the chief engineer.

 

Main Plaque

ERECTED BY
THE
SANITARY DISTRICT
----- OF -----
CHICAGO
----- 1909 -----

PRESIDENT
ROBERT R. MC CORMICK

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

WILLIAM H. BAKER
ADOLPH BERGMAN
WALLACE G. CLARK
HENRY F. EIDMANN
PAUL A. HAZARD
THOMAS J. HEALY
ROBERT R. MC CORMICK
GEORGE W. PAULLIN
EDWARD I. WILLIAMS

CHIEF ENGINEER

GEORGE M. WISNER

BRIDGE ENGINEER

C. R. DART

BUILT FOR

THE C. M. & ST. P. RY. CO.

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