Blackhawk Street Bridge

Blackhawk Street Bridge

     Posted 1/7/2018

There is no current bridge at this site.   There was only one bridge at Blackhawk Street.   The  bridge crossed the North Branch Canal (1000 West; 1500 North) 3 miles from the Chicago River mouth. It opened in May, 1902.  The bridge superstructure was the old West Division Street Bridge.  It was a lost Pony truss, iron and wood, hand operated swing bridge.  It was 180 feet long and 29 feet wide.  City laborers repaired the sidewalks, fences, roadway, chord coverings; overhauled turntable spider rods,drums and locks;rehabbed the bridge house.  FitzSimons and Connell  built the substructure.  

Contractors were:

Design:                                               Fox and Howard

Superstructure Contractor:         Fox and Howard

Substructure Contractor:             FitzSimons and Connell.

Cost Unknown

     On June 2,1904, steamer Black Rock collided with the bridge.  Bridge was removed and rebuilt.  It was returned to operation on 12/1/1904.  Bridge was permanently removed April 9, 1910.

Area of Blackhawk Street Bridge

Area of Blackhawk Street Bridge

Area of Blackhawk Street Bridge

Area of Blackhawk Street Bridge

Area of Blackhawk Street Bridge


Area of Blackhawk Street Bridge


Area of Blackhawk Street Bridge


Photos added 4/11/2018

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