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Cairo in Alexander County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Ohio River Bridge

Cairo, Illinois - Wickliffe, Kentucky

 
 
The Ohio River Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
1. The Ohio River Bridge Marker
Inscription.
Completed November 11, 1933
Freed of Tolls November 11, 1948
by
The Cairo Bridge Commission

The Ohio River Bridge was conceived and built in the public interest by the Cairo Bridge Commission with the cooperation of the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works and the Highway Departments of Illinois and Kentucky. The Bridge was operated and maintained by the commission and as a result of the untiring efforts of many public spirited citizens, the commission was able to repay all costs from tolls and the highway departments of Illinois and Kentucky jointly accepted the bridge as a part of the state highway systems to be maintained as a toll free facility.

Cairo Bridge Commission
Ray Williams, Chairman
Jas. S. Johnson M.C. Anderson
Thos. H. Cutler W.H. Creason
John C. Fisher Reed Green
Marion Woodward, Secretary

Engineers
Modjeski & Masters - Design & Construction
Sverdrup & Parcel - Operation & Maintenance

Contractors
Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company - Substructure
Mount Vernon Bridge Company - Superstructure

 
Location. 36° 59.3′ N, 89° 9.085′ W. Marker is in Cairo, Illinois, in Alexander County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Avenue
The Ohio River Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
2. The Ohio River Bridge Marker
(U.S. 60/62) and U.S. 51, on the right when traveling north on Washington Avenue. Click for map. Located on the south end of the bridge at an Illinois State welcome center and highway patrol station. Marker is in this post office area: Cairo IL 62914, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis and Clark in Illinois (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historical Survey Marker (about 300 feet away); Lewis & Clark (about 400 feet away); Cairo, Illinois (about 400 feet away); The Beginning of the Third Principal Meridian (approx. half a mile away); The Meeting of the Rivers (approx. 0.7 miles away); "Proceeding On" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Duncan Cannon (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cairo.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
The Ohio River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
3. The Ohio River Bridge
Looking north at the bridge crossing the Ohio.
The Ohio River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
4. The Ohio River Bridge
Looking at the bridge from Fort Defiance park, near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,517 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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