BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 136: A Tribute to James Baughn

This week’s Pic of the Week series on James Baughn not only provides you with the answers to one riddle presented three weeks ago, but a new riddle and a new bridge.

Let’s start with the newest pic and riddle shall we? 🙂

This pic was taken in Missouri. The bridge photographed by Mr. Baughn is a Whipple through truss bridge that has been out of service for some time. We don’t know who built the structure but it was constructed in the 1880s. It is one of only three surviving Whipple trusses left in the state.

What is the name of the bridge and where is this located? Feel free to comment in the comment section or in the Chronicles’ social media pages. The answer comes next week.

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And now the answer to the question I posted two weeks ago (click here). For those who were wondering, this bridge is the Chester Bridge. The continuous truss structure spans the Mississippi River on the Randolph County (Illinois) and Perry County (Missouri) border near Chester. The bridge was open to traffic during World War II in 1942, yet the main span was destroyed in a thunderstorm in 1944. It was rebuilt and reopened to traffic in 1946 and has been in service ever since. Once a toll bridge, the tolls were lifted in 1989. The half-mile bridge is still being used but we don’t know for how long, as plans are in the making to replace the structure. When that will occur remains open. Still, the bridge is being offered to groups wishing to reuse the bridge for other purposes, including for bike crossing. As rare as these bridges are nowadays, I’m hoping that it can happen, even if it means memorializing in honor of a local great, including our friend and bridge lover, James Baughn.

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