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Abandoned C&NW - Willow Creek Bridge

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Willow Creek Railroad Bridge

Overgrown Railroad

Photo taken by John Marvig in July 2013

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BH Photo #258775

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Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Willow Creek on Abandoned C&NW Railway
Location
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1904
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Iowa Traction Railroad (IATR)
- Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (M&StL; MSTL)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Total length: 161.0 ft.
Also called
CNW Willow Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.15301, -93.19131   (decimal degrees)
43°09'11" N, 93°11'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/484445/4777824 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mason City
Inventory number
BH 55642 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 9, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Now owned by city, to be Converted to Trail Use
  • March 26, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: New photos from John Marvig
  • July 4, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • February 24, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Corrected title-UP does not own
  • February 24, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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Abandoned C&NW - Willow Creek Bridge
Posted January 9, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge, as well as a few others in Mason City are to be converted to trail use, as part of the "High Line Bike Trail", a trail and greenway through the heart of downtown Mason City. At this time, it is unknown if the trail would extend to County B20, and include the deck truss bridge as well.