Kinzie Street railroad bridge

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Kinzie Street railroad bridge
Photograph of the bridge lifted to an angle of about 60 degrees to the horizontal
Kinzie Street railroad bridge permanently locked in the raised position
Coordinates41°53′18.7″N 87°38′21″W / 41.888528°N 87.63917°W / 41.888528; -87.63917Coordinates: 41°53′18.7″N 87°38′21″W / 41.888528°N 87.63917°W / 41.888528; -87.63917
CrossesChicago River
LocaleChicago
Official nameChicago & North Western Railway, Kinzie Street drawbridge
Other name(s)Carroll Avenue bridge
OwnerUnion Pacific Railroad
Heritage statusChicago Landmark
Characteristics
Designbascule bridge
Total length195.83 feet (59.69 m)[1]
Width41.7 feet (12.7 m)[1]
Longest span170 feet (52 m)[1]
History
Construction startDecember 1907
OpenedSeptember 19, 1908[1]
Area map showing the location of the bridge just to the south of Kinzie Street
Area map showing the location of the bridge just to the south of Kinzie Street

The Chicago and North Western Railway's Kinzie Street railroad bridge (also known as the Carroll Avenue bridge) is a bascule bridge across the north branch of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois. At the time of its opening in 1908 it was the world's longest and heaviest bascule bridge. [1]

The Chicago Sun-Times, the last railroad customer to the east of the bridge, moved their printing plant out of downtown Chicago in 2000, and the bridge has been unused since. It was designated a Chicago Landmark in 2007.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Spivey, Justin M. "Chicago & Northwestern Railway, Kinzie Street Bridge". Historic American Engineering Record. The Library of Congress. Retrieved February 19, 2008.

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