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Posted October 15, 2019, by Luke
Posted October 15, 2019, by Luke

Nick, if I'd known you were going to be in my area I'd have offered to show you some of the stuff in the area!

Posted October 15, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Luke, you're welcome. Love to help out.

Posted October 15, 2019, by Luke

Once everything dies off I'll try to get contemporary shots. Thanks for the historic one, Melissa!

Posted October 15, 2019, by Luke

The image on this page MAY be of this bridge https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/543713920/

Posted October 15, 2019, by Luke

A couple articles here, Melissa. The text is the same for each one, but the pics are different, and we can't have too many of this one IMO.

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/544090978/

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/336083796/

Posted October 14, 2019, by Luke
Posted October 7, 2019, by Luke
Posted October 7, 2019, by Luke
Posted October 2, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Luke, thank you ! I always appreciate your help !

Posted October 2, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I've read tons of stories about accidents involving vehicles and bridges, but this has to be the saddest to date. I imagine that officer never really got over that!

Posted September 29, 2019, by Luke

As one can guess, this bridge has been a pain to find information on: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/363288828/

Posted September 29, 2019, by Luke
Posted September 28, 2019, by Don Morrison
Posted September 28, 2019, by Don Morrison

Doomed.

New bridge construction will be underway by 2024. There will be no rehab, which would have bought her another 20 to 30 years. Bridge must be closed by 2028, and the USACE won't let her stand unused.

What a waste.

https://www.waukonstandard.com/articles/2019/07/17/black-haw...

Posted September 21, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I wonder if John Gildersleeve is related to Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve?

Posted September 21, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Luke, love it, quite unusual

Posted September 20, 2019, by Luke

Got an odd one for you, Melissa: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/55222032/

Posted September 16, 2019, by Luke

Nice find on the second relocation to become hangar roof trusses.

Unfortunately, Des Moines Municipal Airport is now Des Moines International Airport, so I doubt they're still there.

Posted September 16, 2019, by Luke

Def relocated here in 1932

Posted September 15, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Luke, as always, you're welcome !

Posted September 15, 2019, by Luke

Also I vote that Melissa make the picture of the bridge the default image.

(Thanks Melissa, as always!)

Posted September 13, 2019, by Luke

Trying to track down a picture, I came across this article

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/548497480/

I also believe this article has a picture of the bridge.

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/547156313/

Posted September 13, 2019, by Luke

Image of the derailment for Melissa to grab: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/552061757/

Posted September 3, 2019, by Anonymous

...It's already listed as being part of that trail.

Posted September 3, 2019, by Matthew Baumann

Bridge is part of the “Trolley Trail” walking/ biking trail in Waterloo, Iowa.

Formerly the interurban trolley route of the defunct Cedar Falls, Waterloo, & Northern Railroad.

https://www.traillink.com/trail/trolley-trail-(waterloo)/

Posted August 10, 2019, by Eric Irvin

This bridge was replaced following a car wreck.

Posted August 5, 2019, by Luke

Fits the profile of other late-1800s rail-to-road structures you and I have found. (John moreso than I, FWIW. I'll find a picture and within a month John will have the original location.)

Posted August 5, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm not sure exactly what to make of this...a 1967 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy track profile seems to indicate that this is a railroad maintained structure, built adjacent to a grade crossing (labeled G). In addition, the structure was there in the late 1930s:

http://ortho.gis.iastate.edu/client.cgi?zoom=1&x0=454760&y0=...

This would lead me to believe this is possibly a former railroad structure, and more research will be conducted. Also, I don't think I've seen a span like this where a vertical member is omitted between panels.

Posted August 4, 2019, by Anonymous

I half expected this bridge to be named Bob today. Maybe in early April.

Posted August 4, 2019, by Don Morrison

You could start by calling the waterway "Indian Creek" like Google does.

That would make it kind of an unspecific "Indian Creek Bridge".

You could then notice that the road is called "260th Street".

Combine the two and you might come up with "260th Street Indian Creek Bridge".

Nah.

IDK, Name it "Bob"

Posted August 3, 2019, by Anonymous

What do I need to do to name this bridge?

I am very interested.

Many Thanks!

Posted August 2, 2019, by Sparks (katievdl [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was replaced in 2018-19.

Posted August 2, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

When I first saw the image, the beam above the dozer looked curved like a bowstring but I suspect that Luke is correct with Pratt pony.

Regards,

Art S.

Posted July 29, 2019, by Luke

For Melissa, article on a lawsuit being overturned in favor of Gould: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/304138978/

Posted July 29, 2019, by Dan Nichols (Jinkslingr [at] aol [dot] com)

I found a listing for Gould Construction, Davenport, IA with Margrette Nelson as a director. The original business filing was February 5, 1906. The company is inactive. Nelson's husband died in 1970. It could be that the Nelsons owned the company in 1958.

Posted July 29, 2019, by Dan Nichols (Jinkslingr [at] aol [dot] com)

George A. Gould was my great-grandfather. I was born in 1949 and I never heard of any family member active in the construction business. Obviously, there was a "Gould Construction Company," in 1958. The history of the company would be interesting. Also, thank you Mr. Vance for your research.

Posted July 16, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Often it is sons or other family members that carry on the company name.

Good work on this Mr. Vance!

Posted July 16, 2019, by Luke

Companies long outlive the death of their namesake founder.

e.g. King Bridge Co. outlived Zenas King

To keep it local to Iowa, https://bridgehunter.com/category/builder/a-m-cohron-sons/ is still trucking, despite the namesake founder dying during the construction of the bridge that is currently their sole credit on the site.

I haven't find a date for the closure of the company, but apparently it was still operating in 1972

Posted July 16, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

From the newspapers.com OCR:

The Iowa Highway Commission today had cleared the way for Gould Construction Co., Davenport, to start work this year on construction of a railroad underpass in connection with the River Street improvement project. The commission approved Gould's bid of $152,491 for the underpass in the vicinity of Howell Street under the Chicago, Milwaukee. St. Paul & Pacific railroad tracks. "A spokesman for the construction firm said that the starting of the project depends upon the delivery of steel and the cooperation from the rail-, road. The railroad firm also has to do some track work in connection with the project.

There is other evidence of a Gould Construction being in business into at least the '50s.

Posted July 16, 2019, by Dan Nichols (Jinkslingr [at] aol [dot] com)

George A. Gould, owner of Gould Construction died in 1928. This bridge could likely have been built by a different Gould Construction Company. I could not see the newspaper cited as a source.

Posted July 16, 2019, by John Marvig

Reportedly, this bridge will be replaced in the coming days. Judging by the girders in the street view, it’s possible this is a turntable or fishbellied girder reused as an overpass.

Posted July 11, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

BH 14391 is also shown at this location but appears to be incorrect. Satellite view clearly shows a Warren truss with verticals in every panel which corresponds with the 1914 build date.

Posted July 11, 2019, by Ben Roethig (benroethig [at] gmail [dot] com)

There is actually a second US18 bridge here on the Prairie side for the east channel with a 350ft box girder main span.

Posted July 10, 2019, by Daniel Barnes

Thank You Tony. Had the wrong bridge selected on the browser. I have relocated the photos

Posted July 4, 2019, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Having said this threatened bridge was one of my favorites, I figured I had to upload my own best photos of it.

Even though it crosses the state line in the middle of the river, it appears from the highway signs at its west end, that the state of Iowa considers the whole bridge to be route WI-82.

Posted July 2, 2019, by Luke

Another photo for you Melissa, and a gore one too:

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/542726389/

Posted July 2, 2019, by Luke

Another article for Melissa to merge: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/543659069/

An unfun historical note is that the contractor sued the Chicago Chronicle for libel after they posted an erroneous article in which Mr. Locke was accused of being a graverobber:

https://newspaperarchive.com/waterloo-courier-jan-29-1896-p-...

Posted July 2, 2019, by Luke
Posted July 2, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am not sure if there was two truss bridges here, but I still see one pony truss bridge on this road so Im not sure why its listed as lost... and as of right now its still standing, but it won't be for long, as posted on county website:

Bids for the removal of an 80' x 30' pony truss bridge and installation of three 84" x 60' CMP on Bunker Hill Road over Beers Creek in Wyoming Township will be received by the Jones County Board of Supervisors at the County Courthouse in Anamosa, Iowa until 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd day of July, 2019.

Posted July 1, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Photos are not of this bridge as there is a pony truss at this location.

Posted July 1, 2019, by Luke

100% likely, and there may be an article on relocation.

Posted July 1, 2019, by John Marvig

I’m guessing this is much older than the 1981 build date. Possible it was a relocation?

Posted July 1, 2019, by Luke

Thanks Andrew for getting out to this! It's an example of a structure the BCRN was fond of building that's a stringer made up of old rails with a stone deck.

Posted July 1, 2019, by Daniel Barnes

Bridge is especially hazardous to approach from the North. 4 Wheel drive required.

Posted June 30, 2019, by JAMES MCGINN (HAWKEYEJIM [at] COMCAST [dot] NET)

2 BRIDGES WEST OF ALBIA ON THE WARD ROAD THEY CALL THEM THE TWIN BRIDGES RAILROAD OVER CEDAR CREEK ABOUT WHERE HALPIN STATION IS ARE THEY ON HERE

Posted June 20, 2019, by Don

Open for bids this coming winter, construction planned for next summer.

1.2 million simoleons.

Posted June 14, 2019, by Luke
Posted June 14, 2019, by Luke

Unfortunately I didn't get to clipping these before the free weekend ended, but the OCR text should do for those wanting to read before Melissa inevitably clips and posts:

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/543528452/

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/544144333/

tl;dr: Bridge was too heavy for the Chinook; Floodwaters destroyed bridge before another attempt could've been made at relocation.

Posted June 13, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I avoid looking at these beautiful cantilevers much anymore because it feels as if they are all potentially doomed!

This one is indeed a favorite of mine as well!

Posted June 13, 2019, by Abandoned Iowa (Nicholsonms1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Attached you will find photos of the bridge and the significant erosion of the portal. Too bad its been undercut by flood waters- wonderful bridge.

Posted June 12, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Roger,

This is one of my favorite bridges too, for the same reason: its vivid and honest display of engineering. Sadly, I also learned today this bridge is in Section 106 Review and documents presented to date indicate strong leaning toward demolition and replacement. Among the deficiencies cited perhaps the most hopeless is that apparently it is considered a hazard to navigation (boats) and when the coast guard makes such condemnations the future is usually very bleak.

Posted June 12, 2019, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

WI 82 has been reopened across the bottomlands approaching this bridge from the east, per https://511wi.gov/

The Black Hawk Bridge is one of my favorites, especially among Mississippi River spans. Up there with the Eads, Dubuque, both Huey Longs, and the sadly lost Savanna-Sabula bridges. How does a cantilever bridge work? Just look at the Black Hawk Bridge - it's quite obvious.

Posted June 12, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

My guess is that they listed the bridge as Imminent Failure in all categories as a default, so that they didn't have to bother with changing the rating later... the bridge was closed permanently to traffic anway so they just picked the lowest possible rating short of failed.

Posted June 11, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well then, I'll make this #2 - Mead Road, in Michigan, which has (ostensibly) had that status since 2010: http://bridgehunter.com/mi/clinton/19306H00008B010/

The reason I say it has ostensibly had that status since then is because it was de-listed entirely in either 2011 or 2012. ('12 for sure.)

Posted June 11, 2019, by Daniel

Wow, I don't recall having seen any other bridges where all 3 are "imminent failure"

Posted June 7, 2019, by Andy Winegar

I believe the CGW bridge is the one that has been removed, along with the entirety of the CGW trackage in the Des Moines area, not the FDDM&S structure. CNW bought all 3 predecessor railroads- FDDM&S in 1960, the CGW in 1968, and the Rock Island Spine Line in the early '80s. When they bought the Spine Line, the CGW became superfluous. It retained the FDDM&S through Des Moines as kind of a second main track to the Spine, while gradually abandoning the Great Western trackage.

Posted June 6, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would think that as well Nathan!

Posted June 6, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

That is weird about the inspections because in nearby Kansas its exactly the opposite, they try to abandon/demolish historic truss bridges as fast as they can for the singular reason of they claim inspection costs are too high...

Posted June 6, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Two observations here:

First, I was surprised to see that they are still performing inspections (as of 2017) on this structure. But since I found it is still listed on NBI I guess it is still on the books. I'm assuming they do that to get more road $$$... That they obviously don't use on this bridge.

Second, In reference to my disdain for newspaper writers when it comes to historic bridges, the article in pic #71 reads "Helicopter takes old bridge to new home on nature trail". Is it me or does that read as past-tense? I guess Scoop jumped the gun a bit on this one... Definitely a shame that it didn't happen though! I guess it must have weighed more than 10 tons!

Posted June 3, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge vertical and one on the Barker Bridge in Williamson County, Tx

George King did build down there so it makes sense. The Barker Bridge did have a dis-configuring makeover to it's portals that hinders a possible connection, but this feature is so unusual I feel that parental lineage is very likely.

Photos "Borrowed" from James Baughn and Garry Taylor for comparison usage.

Posted June 1, 2019, by Luke

And with a little more refined search queries, I found this, which DOES have a picture:

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/542746400/

Posted June 1, 2019, by Luke

Yes, because an older local told me I was wrong about there ever being a bridge here.

Posted June 1, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Luke, there is not a photo. Do you want the article?

Posted June 1, 2019, by Luke

Here's another one for you, Melissa. Thanks as always!

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/542636050/

Posted June 1, 2019, by Luke

Melissa, have another photo for you.

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/543103115/

Unfortunately it's probably the best we're gonna get of it.

Also This article appears to have a truss, but it's an -un-added bridge

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/543407623/

Posted June 1, 2019, by Luke

According to https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/542751276/ three spans were saved for reuse at the time of replacement.

One in-county and two elsewhere.

Posted June 1, 2019, by Luke

This bridge gained a span from what was then US61 (61 and Iowa 22 switched routes in the 50s.) in 1929 due to the south abutment being undermined.

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/542543886/

Posted June 1, 2019, by Luke

Thanks Melissa! Feel free to make it the default image, because I'm sure people would rather see it as the default over the remains pic.

Posted June 1, 2019, by Luke

According to https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/543608631/, this was the first concrete arch on a major road in the county/"region".

Posted June 1, 2019, by Luke

An alternate view of the wreck can be found at https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/542216131/

Posted May 31, 2019, by Luke

According to an Press-Citizen article from December 1st, 1950, they intended to replace the bridge after the completion of the Coralville Dam due to an north approach being damaged on November 4th of the same year

Nothing ever seemed to come of it, fortunately.

Posted May 31, 2019, by Luke

According to https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/363420937/ there was quite a row at the time about the bridge being abandoned, which led to the construction of the now-replaced stringer bridge.

Posted May 27, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

You're welcome as always ! I'm glad to be back in the swing of things lol

Posted May 27, 2019, by Luke

Thanks as always Melissa!

Posted May 27, 2019, by Luke

Got another one for you Melissa:

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/205034095/

Posted May 27, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

They're up Luke !

Posted May 27, 2019, by Luke
Posted May 24, 2019, by Luke

Mystery partially solved: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/478723053/

Need to track down when South Dakota replaced their pile trestle with a Camelback truss.

Posted May 19, 2019, by Tim Courtney

Simply walked back in to it. Where the auto bridge crosses this stream is a public hunting area. There was even a place to park the truck.

Posted May 19, 2019, by Tim Courtney

This bridge has somehow since caught fire and has been destroyed

Posted May 19, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tim,

Are those publications digitized? What issue was it in?

Thanks,

John

Posted May 19, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Love this! Tim, how did you get back to this bridge?

Posted May 19, 2019, by Tim Courtney

There is a picture of this span in one of the rock island digest for those that might be interested

Posted May 19, 2019, by David Hansen (4life [at] mcg [dot] net)

The remains of the McBride ridge is located 2 miles north of Cummings Rd. on McBride Rd. -South of the River on the West side; down in a lower area. The red round metal supports are still there as are some burned wood. We just seen it last week as we did 22 years go also. I could sent some photos later if you email me. Thank you for posting the old photo, etc. of the bridge! D & C Hansen

Posted May 12, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Talked to some local residents via the Forgotten Iowa Facebook group. They confirmed that the bridge was indeed a former railroad bridge. The location mentioned by people involved in relocating the bridge was near MercyOne across Willow Creek. The linked location (eastern bridge) is the only railroad bridge that matches the description of a 50' through girder. The middle span at that location was a two span deck girder, and the western bridge was a wooden trestle. Next step will be to track down the original fabrication date of this bridge.

Posted May 11, 2019, by Tim Courtney

A good mystery here. Based on the difference in elevation between top of pier and the top of rail would be somewhat inclined to give thought that it may have been a variant of truss spans as opposed to DPG. Or perhaps since track charts say DPG they were used as a replacement for washout. Didn’t post the pic but original bridge was a timber pile trestle our canoe drug across the timbers.

Posted May 11, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The pier in the middle makes me think two DPG spans.

Posted May 11, 2019, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

I took a best guess when I posted it based off the pixelated squiggles on the track chart. Corrections welcome.

Posted May 11, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found in a 1970 track chart:

Bridge #I-812

3-15' C. Br

Steel Br Deck 100'x28'

2-16' Sp C. Br

Doesn't specify one span, could've been 2-50' spans or a similar configuration?