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MILW - Madrid High Bridge (Old)

Photos 

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BH Photo #237882

Map 

Description 

This large steel trestle was built in 1913 and served into the 1970s, before the Saylorville Reservoir project necessitated its removal ca. 1973. The bridge's concrete footing pads were not designed for submergence, which would happen when high waters backed up the channel. The Iowa Corps of Engineers constructed a new bridge atop large, modern concrete piers designed to allow for inundation. One of the original bridge's concrete abutments was left in place, and today it functions as a lookout platform for viewing the current day High Trestle Trail Bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Deck truss bridge over Des Moines River on Railroad
Location
Boone County, Iowa
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1913 as a double track bridge, relegated to single track in 1934, replaced in 1973
Railroad
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW; CMStP&P; CMStP)
Design
Deck truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.86676, -93.86882   (decimal degrees)
41°52'00" N, 93°52'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/427896/4635347 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Granger
Inventory number
BH 52368 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Boone County, Iowa (107)
Built 1913 (817)
Built during 1910s (9,258)
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (959)
Deck girder (5,084)
Deck truss (1,609)
Des Moines River (226)
Girder (9,207)
Iowa (6,219)
Lost (22,449)
Lost 1973 (66)
Lost during 1970s (624)
Plate girder (7,012)
Railroad (14,408)
Replaced by new bridge (14,994)
Truss (31,310)

Update Log 

  • October 5, 2013: New photo from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • July 12, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Des Moines River"
  • January 2, 2013: New photos from Luke Harden
  • August 21, 2012: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • June 24, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added build date
  • May 5, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad"

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Sources 

  • Luke
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Dylan VanAntwerp - dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com