Valley City History

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Wabash Depot - Valley City, Illinois
Photo Contributed by Delaine Donaldson
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Wabash Local Freight - No. 70, Engine 841
Valley City, Illinois 1924
Photo Contributed by Delaine Donaldson
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Bridge Keeper at Valley City
Source: [Decatur Review, February 26, 1911]
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson

13,310 ENGINES AND ONLY 529 STEAMERS

Report of Bridge Keeper at Valley City
During the year 1910 a total of 13,310 engines passed over the Wabash bridge at Valley City, while 529 steamers and 386 barges passed through the draw. The number of engines over the bridge was the largest in history. The above figures are from the annual report of A. D. Beatty, who has been the bridge watchman for the Wabash at Valley City for the past thirty years.

FEW STEAMERS

The highest stage of water during the year was 12 feet, 11 inches
The lowest 5 feet, 10 inches.
Mr. Beatty makes this report every year.
Following is Mr. Beatty's report by months:
1910 ENGINES STEAMERS BARGES
January 1146 4 2
February 1038 13 19
March 1334 42 38
April 971 55 36
May 1055 70 55
June 923 56 37
July 883 65 41
August 907 66 58
September 1072 59 34
October 1329 53 34
November 1313 41 26
December 1349 5 6
TOTAL 13,310 529 386