Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Taylor Street Bridge over South Branch

Forgotten Chicago
(Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges evidently doesn't do bridges that no longer exist)

The first Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge in Chicago was built in 1900 and removed in 1929. It was removed because of the river straightening project. It was not replaced, but you can still see remnants of the west abutment and where the east abutment was.

Forgotten Chicago explains that citizens of the Near West Side worked since the 1850s to get a Taylor Street Bridge built. As you can see, there success was short lived because it lasted just 30 years.

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