Location: IL

Crescent Bridge

This railroad bridge crosses the Mississippi River, connecting Rock Island, IL to Davenport, IO. Its name is derived because the tracks run parallel to the river on both sides, so a large curve was needed on either side of the bridge. It was constructed by the Phoenix Bridge Company and is still in use.

Photograph by John A. Weeks III

Camelback Bridge

This bridge, listed on the National Register in 1997, is located in the town of Normal. The distinctive camelback shape was originally designed to allow the tall stacks from wood-burning rail locomotives to pass underneath. The bridge is supported by Phoenix Columns that were salvaged from another Illinois Central railroad bridge. It now carries vehicular traffic over the Constitution Pedestrian Trail.

Photograph by Barbara Cohen