“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Normal in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Historic Camelback Bridge

Historic Camelback Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael, March 16, 2012
1. Historic Camelback Bridge Marker
Inscription. The town of Normal was created at the junction of the Illinois Central and the Chicago and Alton Railroads. The Camelback Bridge is the last surviving structure in Normal associated with the railroad. Its location was chosen because here the railroad builders had been forced to excavate a deep cut through the crest of the Normal Moraine. Even so, the bridge had to be built with a distinctive "camelback" shape in order to permit early wood burning locomotives, with their tall stacks, to pass under the bridge.
The first bridge in this location was made entirely of wood. About 1904 that bridge was replaced with this distinctive kingpost structure. The columns which now support the bridge were salvaged from another Illinois Central rail bridge which once crossed the Illinois River.
These columns were cast at the nationally famous Phoenix Foundry in Pennsylvania which gained acclaim in the Civil War by producing cannons for the Union army.
The bridge is a remarkable and unique survivor of Illinois' most famous early railroad. It is the only known example of this type of bridge remaining in the state.
With the opening of Constitution Trail in 1988, the bridge became the trail's most noteworthy landmark. In 1997 the Cambelback Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This historic bridge was rehabilitated by
Camelback Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Michael, March 16, 2012
2. Camelback Bridge
the Town of Normal in 2001.
Erected 2001 by Friends of the Bridge and the Town of Normal.
Location. 40° 29.903′ N, 88° 59.001′ W. Marker is in Normal, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Constitution Trail and Virginia Ave.. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Normal IL 61761, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home of Joseph W. Fifer (approx. 0.9 miles away); Florence Fifer Bohrer (approx. 0.9 miles away); Home of Adlai E. Stevenson I (approx. 0.9 miles away); William Florville (approx. 1.1 miles away); David Davis Mansion (approx. 1.2 miles away); My Good Friend (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cloverlawn (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lincoln's Real Estate (approx. 1.3 miles away).
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