Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Old Bridges and Dam at Alton, IL


I already have notes about the road and railroad bridges and L&D #26, but I wanted to provide an overview of the old bridges and dam since they are close together and they no longer exist.

They were near downtown Alton where the new US-67 bridge still exists.
1948 Alton Quad @ 1:24,000

Dennis DeBruler-road

Robert G. Gunn Jr. posted
Railroad bridge into Alton, Il.
Quite often This area is the confluence of the Illinois, Mississippi, and Missouri rivers The north bound portion of the highway is elevated, during the Big flood of 93 the water was lapping at the outside line on the highway.
[The old road bridge is on the left and the old Lock & Dam #26 is on the right.]

The western abutment of the old dam along with its earthen dike still exists.
Vintage St. Louis & Route 66 posted eight photos with the comment: "The Old Alton Bridges."
John P. Kohlberg shared








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