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UP - Webb High Bridge


Taken by Steve Suhs/Merril Price collection


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BH Photo #370635


Abandoned double-intersection warren deck truss bridge over Little Sioux River on former Union Pacific Railroad
Clay County, Iowa
Derelict/abandoned with rails removed
Built 1900
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
310' Open Deck Pile Trestle
1 Sp. 150' Double-Intersection Warren deck truss
217' Open Deck Pile Trestle
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 690.0 ft.
Also called
CNW - Little Sioux River Bridge (Webb)
RI - Webb High Bridge
RI - Little Sioux River Bridge (Webb)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.97779, -95.10493   (decimal degrees)
42°58'40" N, 95°06'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/328365/4760498 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 56059 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 15, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 23, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added info
  • August 10, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • April 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added build date & link to imagery at waymarking.com
  • April 17, 2013: Added by John Marvig


  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Waymarking. - Imagery
  • Flickr - Image
  • Dylan VanAntwerp - dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com


UP - Webb High Bridge
Posted December 15, 2016, by John Marvig

Day off without finals and a cold blue sky day means I'm gonna go out Dylan :)

Good part is, now I can help you out a bit. This one is easy if you come from the west. Just wear orange so you don't get shot at. Fortunately, the river is frozen solid already, so you should be able to walk on that.

There may be a stone arch (or two) just west of here?

UP - Webb High Bridge
Posted December 15, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

And here I was all stoked that I have the week between Christmas and New Years off, planning to go photograph a major bridge in western Iowa nobody has touched yet. Way to ruin a guy's vacation lol.

Webb High Bridge
Posted July 26, 2013, by Steve Johnston

This bridge is located on a RR line that ran from Gowrie to Sibley. It came up through Manson, Pocahontas, Laurens Leverett, Maclay, Rossie, Royal, Moneta, Hartley, Plesis, Melvin,Cloverdale, and then Sibley. It was built in 1900, the builder may have been called the Gowrie & Northwestern Railroad or Railway. They did not operate it, it was built for the Rock Island. It was owned by the CRI&P until it went bankrupt in 1980 it was taken over by the C&NW and operated by them until they were bought by the Union Pacific in 1995. The UP abandoned it in 1999 or so. The track has been removed.