Railroad bridges

Rick A Mar 31, 2021

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    Interesting story! Now I know why LeClaire received its name. But am curious about why the the need for a "bridge superintendent", as the first two wooden bridge efforts, neither could be opened. And having his home on the bridge pier is also interesting.
     
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    Maybe he wanted a "short commute"!!
     
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    For motorcar/speeders only at this time.

    Several pieces of motive power, unfortunately all inoperable at the present time. That will change, though!
     
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    Whenever I see photos of Chicago area bascule bridges, I'm reminded of the laker Medusa Challenger, built in the early 1900s and still operating as a cement hauler into the 1970s. Its simple presence was legendary for mechanical and electrical failures of Chicago River bridge mechanisms which would tie up downtown traffic for hours. When I was a kid, it was always a treat to wait on the sidewalk and watch these bridges operate.

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