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.
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