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Near Gladstone in Henderson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Henderson County Covered Bridge

 
 
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Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 8, 2021
1. Henderson County Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription.  The original covered bridge was built in the fall of 1866 by Jacob Allaman at a total cost of $2,125.00. The bridge carried traffic until 1934. In 1935 the Illinois Division of Highways acquired the bridge from Henderson County, and it became the feature structure in a rest area park. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in February of 1975.

In July of 1982 flood water washed the bridge from its abutments, and it floated downstream lodging against the Illinois Route 164 Bridge. Local citizens and the Illinois Department of Transportation crews salvaged the bridge from Henderson Creek. The Henderson County Historical Society launched a campaign to rebuild the bridge, and in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the covered bridge was reconstructed in 1984.

The bridge was rebuilt, using most of the salvaged, original timbers, on the same location, but raised 3 - 1/2 feet. The bridge has an overall length of 104 feet, a width of 13 feet, and is 12 feet high. Ray Shafer of Biggsville, Illinois was the master builder in the 1984 reconstruction.
 
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is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsDisastersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1866.
 
Location. 40° 53.657′ N, 90° 56.972′ W. Marker is near Gladstone, Illinois, in Henderson County. Marker is on Illinois Route 104 north of Dnr Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at Henderson County Bridge Roadside Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1806 State Hwy 164, Gladstone IL 61437, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norma Jean Elephant (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Burlington Public Library (approx. 9.9 miles away in Iowa); First Civil War Monument West of the Mississippi (approx. 9.9 miles away in Iowa); The First Congregational Church (approx. 9.9 miles away in Iowa); Hotel Burlington (approx. 9.9 miles away in Iowa); Hedge's Building (approx. 10 miles away in Iowa); 20th Anniversary of the Snake Alley Criterium (approx. 10 miles away in Iowa); Snake Alley (approx. 10 miles away in Iowa).
 
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Henderson County Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 8, 2021
2. Henderson County Covered Bridge Marker
this marker.
While this has the same style and format as typical Illinois State Historical Society markers, this was not erected by the ISHS.
 
Also see . . .  Oquawka Wagon Bridge on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 8, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
Henderson County Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 8, 2021
3. Henderson County Covered Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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