Wabash Bridge 1902
Annual Report of the Railroad and Warehouse Commission of the State of Illinois
Estimated GPS Coordinates: 38.019289,-88.021417
According to the Indianapolis News article from newspapers.com, the St. Louis and Southwestern Railroad reached the Wabash River on October 13, 1871. A steam ferry was used to transport passengers to the other side while bridge construction continued.
The Alton Telegraph article found on newspapers.com reported on January 12, 1872 that the construction of the railway between St. Louis and Evansville began on September 6, 1870 and was finished November 22, 1871 when the Wabash River bridge was completed.
The Nashville Union and American provided details on the St. Louis and Southeastern Wabash Bridge dated December 2, 1871 found on newspapers.com. The bridge engineer was Mr. A. R. Fauntlerory. The Railroad Gazette reported on January 4, 1871, that the railroad bridge contractors were Griffith & Van Wagenau. Mr. Fauntleroy described the bridge as follows:
According to a newspaper.com, The Decatur Herald reported on June 1, 1919, that the Fifth Illinois Infantry, L Company, from Decatur, had been dispatched on April 2nd, 1917 to guard the L & N Railroad Bridges at Maunie, IL and Henderson, KY.
A former CSX employee, Reeder Shelow, recalls that manual operation of the was possible until the early 1970s. Iron bars were used to operate the mechanism and several people were needed.
Interview with Reeder Shelow
The Filson Historical Society has an L & N Architectural Archive that includes a floor plan, rear elevation and cross section for a proposed shanty for drawn tender to be used on the Wabash River (St. Louis Division). The shanty consists of a bed area and a living space with stove. Exterior features a slanted, tin roof.
1909 Wabash River Railroad Bridge at Maunie
1915 Wabash River Railroad Swing Bridge
Wabash River Railroad Bridge at Maunie 1915
Wabash River Railroad Bridge Aerial Photo 1938
Wabash River Railroad Bridge Aerial Photo 2018
Wabash River Railroad Drawbridge Instructions
L & N Railroad Company
1972 Evansville Division
Time-Table No. 8