Camelback Bridge

The Camelback Bridge is a restored historic wooden bridge that arches over the Constitution Trail in Normal, Illinois. It is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The bridge's main span is a wooden kingpost pony truss. The bridge features supports that are Phoenix columns, a special type of iron column that was patented by the Phoenix Iron Company in 1862. They are extremely rare to find today.


The bridge was built with its distinctive camelback shape to allow steam locomotives to pass underneath. When the railroad stopped using the tracks, the original form was no longer needed, and during the rehabilitation the bridge was rebuilt to a lower height to allow easier access to vehicles.

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