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Charley Western Trail - Cedar River Bridge

Photos 

Charley Western Trail Bridge

Looking East Across Bridge

Photo taken by John Marvig in August 2013

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BH Photo #262269

Map 

Video 

Charles City Western Traction, Iowa

Bridge appears at 4:00

Video uploaded by Bruce Beach

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Facts 

Overview
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Cedar River on Charley Western Trail
Location
Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa
Status
Demolished July 2018
Future prospects
http://www.charlescitypress.com/site/uncategorized/2017/04/1...
History
Opened 1910; Lost 2018
Railroads
- Charles City Western Railway (CCW)
- Interurban
- Iowa Terminal Railroad (ITR)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 255.0 ft.
Also called
ITR - Stony Point Bridge
Charley Western Bridge
CCW - Cedar River Bridge
CCW - Stony Point Bridge
ITR - Cedar River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.05438, -92.66854   (decimal degrees)
43°03'16" N, 92°40'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/526992/4766906 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Charles City
Inventory number
BH 55120 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 19, 2018: Updated by David Backlin: Updated to Lost
  • August 13, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • April 12, 2017: Updated by Luke: Closed due to the arch failing
  • April 25, 2016: New photo from Luke
  • February 17, 2015: New video from Luke
  • August 13, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 12, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added dimensions
  • February 26, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • January 3, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

Comments 

Charley Western Trail - Cedar River Bridge
Posted July 21, 2018, by Don Morrison

You're gonna need one of those amphibious bikes. Bridge has been down for 3 days now.

http://www.kimt.com/content/news/Demolition-of-historic-Char...

...and yes, I bet it will be a MOB. The old bridge was 255 feet long. (45.6716 Smoot)

Charley Western Trail - Cedar River Bridge
Posted July 21, 2018, by David Yates (david_y [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

While not being bravest man, I would still cross this bridge with my bike

Charley Western Trail - Cedar River Bridge
Posted July 21, 2018, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Better an MOB than a UCEB

Charley Western Trail - Cedar River Bridge
Posted July 20, 2018, by Don Morrison

I hope it's not replaced with a MOB.

Charley Western Trail - Cedar River Bridge
Posted July 19, 2018, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)
Charley Western Trail - Cedar River Bridge
Posted April 13, 2017, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

We've had some spring flooding in the past few years, but no significant flooding on the cedar this spring that I've heard of.

Here's a link to the mason city Globe Gazette article. It's not behind a paywall for me.

https://www.google.com/amp/globegazette.com/news/local/parti...

Charley Western Trail - Cedar River Bridge
Posted April 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hasn't the Cedar River flooded several times in the last few years?

Sorry, can't read the article without a subscription.

Charley Western Trail - Cedar River Bridge
Posted April 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What a shame...

Charley Western Trail - Cedar River Bridge
Posted April 12, 2017, by Luke

Sadly, this bridge is failing as we speak: http://www.charlescitypress.com/site/uncategorized/2017/04/1...