Thompson Mill Covered Bridge

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Thompson Mill Covered Bridge
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Nearest city Cowden, Illinois
Coordinates 39°15′30″N88°49′5″W / 39.25833°N 88.81806°W / 39.25833; -88.81806 Coordinates: 39°15′30″N88°49′5″W / 39.25833°N 88.81806°W / 39.25833; -88.81806
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1868 (1868)
NRHP reference # 75000675 [1]
Added to NRHP March 13, 1975

Thompson Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge which crosses the Kaskaskia River 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of Cowden, Illinois. The 160-foot-4-inch (48.87 m) Howe truss bridge is only 10 feet 7 inches (3.23 m) wide, making it the narrowest covered bridge in Illinois. The bridge was constructed in 1868; it was built in Michigan, shipped to Shelbyville, and hauled to the river crossing by horse-drawn wagons. The road the bridge carried was an important transportation corridor connecting Springfield, Taylorville, and Effingham. The bridge also provided area residents access to the Thompson Mill, a corn mill and sawmill which operated from 1843 to 1914. [2]

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Kaskaskia River river in the United States of America

The Kaskaskia River is a tributary of the Mississippi River, approximately 325 miles (523 km) long, in central and southern Illinois in the United States. The second largest river system within Illinois, it drains a rural area of farms, as well as rolling hills along river bottoms of hardwood forests in its lower reaches. The lower reaches of the river have been canalized to allow barge traffic.

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The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 13, 1975. [1] It is now one of only five historic covered bridges remaining in Illinois. The bridge has been closed to automobile traffic but remains open to pedestrians. [3]

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References

  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service.
  2. Mulgrew, John C. (September 18, 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Thompson Mill Covered Bridge" (PDF). National Park Service . Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  3. "Thompson Mill Covered Bridge". Robin Hood Woods Campground & Resort. Retrieved October 16, 2013.