Clark Street Bridge
|Clark Street Bridge|
Clark Street Bridge in 1987.
|Carries||Vehicles, pedestrians on Clark Street|
|Total length||346 feet (105 m)|
|Width||215 feet (66 m)|
|Longest span||215 feet (66 m)|
|Clearance below||20 feet (6 m)|
The current bridge, which was completed in 1929, is the eighth bridge to span the river at this point. In 1853 the bridge was struck by a steamer, called the London, and collapsed, blocking traffic on the river. The bridge was dredged and river traffic resumed on September 8. In 1854, the city approved an expenditure of $12,000 to replace the bridge with a pivot bridge. During the Lager Beer Riot in 1855, the bridge was pivoted to help contain the rioters.
In March of 2012, an unidentified man jumped from the bridge and was rescued by a local high school on a field trip. He would later die of hypothermia.
In popular culture
- "Clark Street Bridge". historicbridges.org. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- "Chicago River Bascule Bridge, Clarke Street, Spanning Chicago River at Clarke Street, Chicago, Cook County, IL". Historic American Engineering Record. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- McBriarty, Patrick T. (2013). Chicago River Bridges. Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield: University of Illinois Press. pp. 86–94. ISBN 978-0-252-03786-3.
- "Column 1". Chicago Tribune. 1853-09-09. p. 3.
- "Clark Street Bridge". Chicago Tribune. 1854-02-11. p. 2.
- "Trail of the Rioters". Chicago Tribune. 1855-06-21. p. 2.
- "Dewey - Addams - Chicago". Retrieved 2007-03-08.[dead link]
- Sandburg, Carl (1916). Chicago Poems. Henry Holt.
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