Near Marshall in Clark County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fancher Pony Truss Bridge
Hiram B. Trout and his brother, Everett Trout, were born on a farm about five miles north of this location. They operated a machine shop in Shelbyville, Illinois in the late 1800’s at which in time they invented and patented the unique design for this Pony Truss bridge. They built about 150 of these bridges between 1892 and 1897 which were erected in Shelby and neighboring counties. The design feature which makes this bridge unique is the use of round pipe in the top chords, end posts, and verticals instead of the usual rivet connected channel plates, and angle iron material. This bridge was erected on a township road near the small community of Fancher in Shelby County. It was in service for 88 years from 1895 until 1983 when it was reduced in width from 16 to 8 feet and moved 70 miles to this location for preservation by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Erected by Illinois Department of Transportation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 39° 25.373′ N, 87° 39.621′ W. Marker is near Marshall, Illinois, in Clark County. Marker is on Interstate 70, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Jones 1921 - 77 (approx. 2.8 miles away); Marshall Illinois (approx. 3 miles away); Old Stone Arch Bridge (approx. 3.6 miles away); Saint Theodora Guerin (approx. 12.2 miles away in Indiana); Site of First Providence Convent (approx. 12.2 miles away in Indiana); Grandview Township Veterans Honor Roll (approx. 12.9 miles away); American Revolution War Memorial - Edgar County Illinois (approx. 13.2 miles away); Millstones Long in the Service of Pioneers (approx. 13.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marshall.
Also see . . .
1. Bridge Basics. (Submitted on September 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Pony Truss Bridges. (Submitted on September 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 611 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on June 30, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 5. submitted on June 28, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.