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RRVT - Adel Bridge


Photo taken by Jason Smith in August 2011


BH Photo #208935


Street Views 


Pratt pony truss bridge over Raccoon River on Racoon River Valley Trail
Adel, Dallas County, Iowa
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1899 at an unconfirmed location; Relocated here 1949
- Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
2-113' Pratt Pony Trusses
Length of largest span: 113.0 ft.
Total length: 415.0 ft.
Also called
MILW - Adel Bridge
RRVT - Raccoon River Bridge (Adel)
MILW - Raccoon River Bridge (Adel)
MILW Bridge #Y-38
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.61537, -94.01236   (decimal degrees)
41°36'55" N, 94°00'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/415655/4607567 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49368 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 29, 2018: New Street View added by Luke
  • December 2, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • May 19, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 2, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added relocation details
  • September 21, 2014: New photos from Lee Smith
  • April 28, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • March 16, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Des Moines, Adel & Western Railway"
  • November 11, 2012: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • August 16, 2011: Updated by Jason Smith: Added more info
  • August 16, 2011: Added by Luke Harden

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RRVT - Adel Bridge
Posted October 1, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

All the substructures of this bridge indicate it was built in 1941. Historic aerial views confirm that the bridge here during the 1930s was a light weight through truss.

I inadvertently stumbled across a pony truss bridge, with the same railroad in Jones County (about half a state away). The pony truss there was abandoned in 1940, and has identical spans to this structure. These pony truss spans are each 6 panels, 113' long and were built by Lassig. These spans are identical in every way.


I suspect these trusses were relocated to this location in 1941, after abandonment. The Milwaukee Road was known for relocating truss spans, and reusing them at all costs.

Does anyone have any input on this? I strongly believe the spans at Jones County would have been relocated here in 1941.