The Lyndon Bridge is a metal Parker Pratt through-truss bridge in the village of Lyndon in Whiteside County. The Lyndon Bridge was designed by engineer R.S. Riser and completed in the late 1890's for around $20,000. Whiteside County maintained the bridge until it was closed to all traffic in 1980. In 1995, as the county was about to demolish the bridge, a group of Lyndon residents met and decided to try and save the bridge, not for vehicular travel but as a unique part of Lyndon's history. A successful campaign was launched, and in 1998 the Village of Lyndon gained title to the bridge. The Village Board of Trustees had the bridge inspected, and it was deemed safe for pedestrian use. In November 2002 the Village was notified that the State of Illinois has approved a grant request in the amount of $35,000 for repairs and enhancements to the bridge. The Lyndon Bridge is the only through- truss bridge in existence in Whiteside Illinois. The bridge was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Today, as you walk across the bridge, you will see heart-warming memorial plaques attached to the planks. The north side of the bridge features a park-like setting replete with a gazebo, benches, and a picnic table. The south end opens to a panoramic view of corn fields. The bridge provides outstanding photo opportunities and is located on the Rock River Trail.
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