Cairo in Alexander County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Ohio River Bridge
Cairo, Illinois - Wickliffe, Kentucky
Freed of Tolls November 11, 1948
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.
Ray Williams, Chairman
Jas. S. Johnson M.C. Anderson
Thos. H. Cutler W.H. Creason
John C. Fisher Reed Green
Marion Woodward, Secretary
Modjeski & Masters - Design & Construction
Sverdrup & Parcel - Operation & Maintenance
Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company - Substructure
Mount Vernon Bridge Company - Superstructure
Topics. This historical marker Bridges & Viaducts. A significant historical date for this entry is November 11, 1803.
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 (U.S. 60/62) and U.S. 51, on the right when traveling north on Washington Avenue. Located on the south end of the bridge at an Illinois State welcome center and highway patrol station. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cairo IL 62914, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great River Road Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historical Survey Marker (about 400 feet away); Lewis & Clark (about 400 feet away); Cairo Connection (about 400 feet away); Critical River Confluence (about 500 feet away); Cairo, Illinois (about 500 feet away); The Mississippi River Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cairo.
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