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Gillett Memorial Arch
County Road 10, Elkhart (Logan County)

 

 
 

 

Commissioned by former Illinois First Lady Emma Gillett Oglesby in 1915 as a memorial to her brother, this cast-concrete bridge serves as a link between the family cemetery and the grounds of the historic estate.  Located 20 miles north of Springfield, the single-arch bridge is a unique visual feature along a scenic stretch of roadway.

 

Over the years, family members and local residents have made efforts to maintain the bridge, which shows only minimal signs of wear.  Despite its historic association, the 90-year-old bridge is not protected by landmark designation.  The county’s engineer has stated his intention to demolish the bridge in order to widen the road at this location.

 

Photo credit: Gillette Ransom

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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