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This bridge was built in 1898, and is one of a number of swing railroad bridges built on the Chicago and Sanitary Ship Canal during a relatively short period of time. This bridge is a pin connected structure, and features v-lacing and lattice on various built-up beams on the bridge, which greatly adds to the beauty of the structure.
The McArthur Brothers and Winston and Company were the substructure contractors for this bridge. The Keystone Bridge Company, listed on the bridge plaque, appears to have been the fabricator for the bridge. However, a report by the canal's chief engineer, Isham Randolph, indicates that the superstructure contractor was Carnegie Steel Company. These were both companies associated with Andrew Carnegie, and this bridge was built around the time that the companies were in flux, eventually resulting in the creation of US Steel and the American Bridge Company, so this may explain the inconsistency. The total cost of the bridge was $84,391.45 and the total weight of iron and steel when the bridge was built was 2,315,656 pounds, with a counterweight weight of 858,645 pounds.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
JOSEPH C. BRADEN.
ZINA R. CARTER.
BERNARD A. ECKART.
SLEXANDER J. JONES.
JAMES P. MALLETTE
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