Vachel Lindsay Bridge

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Structures: Bridges


Vachel Lindsay Bridge

Lake Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

The Bridge:

Architect: Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company.

Builder: The City of Springfield.

Earliest Date of Construction: 1933-1934.

Architectural Period/Style:

Extant: Yes.

The Vachel Lindsay Bridge crosses Lake Springfield where East and West Lake Drives meet at Recreation Point.

Significant Historical Events

The bridge was built in 1933 and 1934 and named to honor Springfield poet Vachel Lindsay.

The Architecture

The Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company not only made the original engineering studies but designed the major structures and acted as the consultant throughout the construction period. While it simulates a multiple arch bridge, the structure is really a series of cantilevers with heavy counter-weighted abutments. Its eleven spans total 1,394 feet in length.

Present Use

Public bridge.


City of Springfield Landmark

National Register of Historic Places


Springfield Historic Sites Commission

Cross References

Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company

Lake Springfield

Vachel Lindsay

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