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UP - Mud Creek Stone Arch

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Photo provided by Hank Zaletel

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

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Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Mud Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
Location
Jewell, Hamilton County, Iowa
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built Ca. 1900
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
24'X48' Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 48.0 ft.
Total length: 96.0 ft.
Deck width: 43.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.30966, -93.63682   (decimal degrees)
42°18'35" N, 93°38'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/447516/4684354 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jewell
Inventory number
BH 54860 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Arch (11,312)
Chicago & North Western Railway (1,216)
Deck arch (10,562)
Hamilton County, Iowa (43)
Iowa (5,948)
Jewell, Iowa (1)
Open (37,178)
Owned by railroad (10,401)
Railroad (13,775)
Span length 25-50 feet (14,083)
Stone arch (2,707)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,105)
Union Pacific Railroad (2,060)

Update Log 

  • October 7, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 22, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: added build date
  • April 20, 2014: New photos from John Marvig
  • March 14, 2014: New photo from Luke Harden
  • January 2, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added link to postcard.
  • December 8, 2012: Added by John Marvig

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Comments 

UP - Mud Creek Stone Arch
Posted June 15, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Richard,

I apologize. Upon my first visit several years back it looked like the stonework dated to the early 1880s, and I believe I got 1882 from the construction of the second rail line at this location. However, after closer inspection it appears that the bridge is similar in design to structures constructed later between 1895-1900. Iíve changed the date to Ca. 1900 for the meantime, but I believe there may be blueprints for the structure at the Chicago & North Western Historical Society. I apologize about the mixup.

UP - Mud Creek Stone Arch
Posted June 15, 2018, by Richard Steffen (rsteffen [at] globalccs [dot] net)

What specifically did the author use to date the twin arch bridge? A dated stone? What? I've been trying for years to set a date on this bridge. The track came into Jewell in late 1880, so that meant IF 1882 is correct, this stone bridge is the second over the water.