Fancher Pony Truss Bridge

Fancher Pony Truss Bridge (HM14AW)

Location: Marshall, IL 62441 Clark County
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N 39° 25.373', W 87° 39.621'

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Hiram B. Trout and his brother, Everett Trout, were born on a farm about five miles north of this location. They operated a machine shop in Shelbyville, Illinois in the late 1800's at which in time they invented and patented the unique design for this Pony Truss bridge. They built about 150 of these bridges between 1892 and 1897 which were erected in Shelby and neighboring counties. The design feature which makes this bridge unique is the use of round pipe in the top chords, end posts, and verticals instead of the usual rivet connected channel plates, and angle iron material. This bridge was erected on a township road near the small community of Fancher in Shelby County. It was in service for 88 years from 1895 until 1983 when it was reduced in width from 16 to 8 feet and moved 70 miles to this location for preservation by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
HM NumberHM14AW
Placed ByIllinois Department of Transportation
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 7:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 443160 N 4363914
Decimal Degrees39.42288333, -87.66035000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 25.373', W 87° 39.621'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 25' 22.38" N, 87° 39' 37.26" W
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Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19155-119315 Co Rd 2020 E, Marshall IL 62441, US
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