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Hurds Island West Channel Railroad Bridge

Hurds Island West Channel Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 14, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (BNSF) Over Fox River (West Channel)
Location
Aurora: Kane County, Illinois: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1920 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
65 Feet (19.8 Meters)
Structure Length
325 Feet (99.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge is one of two similar but different bridges that carry a railroad line over the Fox River via Hurds Island. This is the larger of the two bridges with three spans instead of two. Unlike its smaller brother, this bridge is also skewed. Skewed arch bridges are somewhat uncommon and represent a more complex engineering achievement.

Above: Historical photo showing newly completed bridge. Photo Courtesy: Rebel Kreklow

Above: Historical crew photo courtesy: Rebel Kreklow, who provided the following information: This is a crew photograph of the men who worked on building the bridges circa 1918-1920. My Grandfather Hughie Franklin Edwards is second from the left in the front row and his brother Herman Elmer Edwards is sitting next to him (3rd from the left front row). My Grandfather, grandmother, mother and her sister lived at 396 S. River Street, Aurora, Kane County, IL at the time this photograph was taken according to the 1920 Federal Census. My Grand-Uncle Herman was enumerated with my Great-Grandparents in Cypress, Johnson County, IL, at the time.

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