Ripson Bridge is a pony truss bridge located southeast of Sorento, Illinois, in the United States. It is the last pony truss bridge in Bond County, and one of a few remaining pony truss bridges left in the state of Illinois. Ripson Bridge was designated a local and county historical site in 1988.
Ripson Bridge was built over Shoal Creek in 1895 on property originally owned by Cyrus Ripson. Ripson Bridge was a part of the transportation system in Bond County until 1988 when a new bridge was completed in the summer of 1988 just north of Ripson Bridge. Shortly after, the bridge was sold to the Sorento Homecoming Association.
On Sunday, September 25, 1988, the first Ripson Bridge Festival was held. The Ripson Bridge Festival has been held annually ever since (there was one year it was rained out) and has become an important part of the community fabric of Sorento and its citizens. Over 10,000 people attended the Ripson Bridge Festival in 2013.
Please help keep the tradition alive.