Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Jackknife Bridge, Chicago, Illinois. (1907)

The Jackknife bridge, designed by William Scherzer and built in 1895, spanned the South Branch of the Chicago River between Jackson and Van Buren Streets. It had two side-by-side double railroad tracks used by Chicago elevated 'L' trains until the late 1950s. 
The two halves resembled a pair of gigantic steel face-to-face rocking chairs, which rocked back and away from each other when opening. The bridge no longer exists. 

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D. 

1 comment:

  1. What happened after the 1950s? Is this bridge still up?


The Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal™ is RATED PG-13. Please comment accordingly. Advertisements, spammers and scammers will be removed.