Bridge - Deerfield Road Route 66 - Macoupin County Illinois

Route - 66 Deerfield Road Bridge
Investigative Status Report
Carlinville Twp Macoupin County IL

Investigation by Frank R. Masters 11-30-12

About three miles south east of Carlinville, just off Route-4, there is a stretch of original Route-66 alignment (believed to include original concrete pavement?) along Deerfield Road. The Route-4/Deerfield Road intersection is marked as "18000E 1470 BLK." Where Deerfield Road crosses over Honey Creek is an original Route-66 concrete bridge, which is well known by locals. The bridge was constructed in 1920. A photo of it's original construction plaque follows.

The bridge is closed to all traffic (though you can still drive over it if you choose to disobey the posted signs). The bridge is currently owned and maintained by the Macoupin County Board of Directors. I understand that the Board would be receptive to any good county promotion plan, such as business, youth, tourism, or local history promotion (or better yet, all of those things), even if such plans involved transfer of bridge ownership. I further understand that county funds may be available to apply toward any organization with such a sound plan.

The location of the bridge is about mid-way between historic, or other tourism points of interest in Carlinville and Gillespie, which helps draw travelers from one destination venue to the other, then the next (Benld). One imaginative enterprise is using a creative "treasure hunt" concept to encourage destination-oriented tourism. The geocaching website tells of deploying small, weather-proof capsules at various points of interest. While the objective of geocaching seems mainly to be entertainment, the concept could easily be tailored specifically to promote tourism and local businesses (ie, find a cach, get a discount coupon to a local establishment). I found a capsule at the bridge.

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