Carlyle in Clinton County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The early settlers of Illinois used it to travel from the Saline salt works near Shawneetown to the Goshen Settlement near present day Edwardsville. The road entered the county in the southeast corner near Centralia and traveled in a northwesterly direction. The Goshen Road crossed the Kaskaskia River at the General Dean Suspension Bridge at Carlyle and then merged with the Vincennes Trace, another major road in the history of Clinton County. The two roads continued together through Frogtown and across a toll bridge on Shoal Creek, north of Breese. After crossing the creek, the two roads split, with the Goshen Road exiting Clinton County in the northwest corner.
The General Dean Suspension Bridge was constructed between 1859 and 1861 at a cost of about $46,000. Travelers had previously crossed the Kaskaskia River on a ferry or mud bridge, but growing demands for a bridge across the river sparked its construction. The contract for the building of the bridge was given to Griffith D. Smith of Pennsylvania. The contract specified
Although the Goshen Road is no longer in existence and its exact route is unknown, it is still visible through some land formations and historical monuments, such as the General Dean Suspension Bridge. These are reminders of the importance of the Goshen Road, and its contributions to the early settlement of Clinton County.
Location. 38° 36.663′ N, 89° 21.401′ W. Marker is in Carlyle, Illinois, in Clinton County. Marker can be reached from Franklin Street (U.S. 50) 0.2 miles east of 1st Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located at the General Dean Suspension Bridge / Boat Access area at the east end of the bridge; the above directions are to the driveway entrance to the access area. Marker is in this post office area: Carlyle IL 62231, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Dean Suspension Bridge Display The General Dean Suspension Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line).
More about this marker. The marker includes a map showing the route of the road and “Places of Interest Along the Goshen Road.”
Also see . . . Goshen Road - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 19, 2016.)
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