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B&SV - Bass Point High Bridge

Photos 

North Approach

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in August 2009

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BH Photo #145571

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Deck girder bridge over Bass Point Creek on Boone & Scenic Valley (former FtDDM&S) Railroad northeast of Logansport
Location
Boone County, Iowa
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1913
Builders
- A.W. Merrick of Boone, Iowa (Substructure)
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Superstructure)
- William M. Hughes of Chicago, Illinois (Designer)
Railroads
- Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad (B&SV; BSVX)
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railway (FDDM)
- Interurban
Design
8 32' Deck plate girders
6 80' Deck plate girders
1 48' Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 784.0 ft.
Also called
Bass Point Creek High Bridge
FDDM - Bass Point High Bridge
Boone & Scenic Valley High Bridge
FDDM - Boone Viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.09006, -93.93040   (decimal degrees)
42°05'24" N, 93°55'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/423054/4660193 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boone West
Elevation
156 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 43265 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 11, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builders + imagery
  • December 27, 2015: New photo from Charles Kuehn
  • December 23, 2015: New photo from Charles Kuehn
  • December 23, 2015: New photo from Lee Smith
  • May 31, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • November 5, 2014: New photos from Luke
  • February 11, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • October 29, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • October 21, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Interurban"
  • July 18, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Reverted default image back to a modern image of the bridge.
  • July 18, 2012: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • July 13, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • April 13, 2012: New photo from Quinn Phelan
  • April 11, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railroad"
  • March 23, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Railroad"
  • October 8, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • October 7, 2011: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • February 19, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
  • October 5, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Changed name with a tip o' the hat to Bill Jepsen
  • August 23, 2009: Added by Nathan Morton

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Luke
  • Quinn Phelan - qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Charles Kuehn
  • Lee Smith - ljsmith_32 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

B&SV - Bass Point High Bridge
Posted July 6, 2017, by Andrew

My understanding is the Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern was taken over by the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in the 1960's and this line was used for a time in regular freight service after the end of the interuban. The CNW eventually abandoned it before the Boone and Scenic Valley acquired it's stretch of track in the 1980's. So, the CNW could be added to the railroads.

Bass Point High Bridge
Posted May 24, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

And where would one walk from? (I presume E26?)

Bass Point High Bridge
Posted May 24, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

How did you get back to the bridge? I assume you had to walk down the tracks....

Boone Valley High Bridge
Posted October 5, 2009, by Bill Jepsen (willin [at] galynx [dot] com)

I can see this bridge from my back deck across the Des Moines River Valley. The span does not go over the Des Moines River itself but rather Bass Point Creek. It is now used on a daily (more on weekends) (during the tourist seeason) by the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad (a tourist line). It is 156 feet high and 754 feet long. However, I have one point of contention and it is rather a big one. I have never heard it referred to as the "Boone Valley High Bridge" and I have lived in my present location for over 20 years. It is known as the "Bass Point High Bridge" but has sort of informally also become know as simply the "Boone and Scenic Valley High Bridge" but never the "Boone Valley High Bridge".

Quite often it is confused with the rather well known Kate Shelley High Bridge which is only a short distance from this bridge. The old Kate Shelly Bridge had recently (withing the last two weeks) been put out of regular service by the Union Pacific and a new span has been built right beside it. Must to the credit of the UP, the old bridge will remain standing (for now, at least) because of its historical significance.

I have much information additional information about this bridge and the other bridges in Boone County as well.

Bill Jepsen

Boone County, Iowa