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CGW - Elma Stone Culvert


West side

Photo taken by Don Morrison in September 2013

License: Public domain: Released by author


BH Photo #273431

Street View 


Stone culvert bridge over Drainage waterway on Former CGW Railroad ROW
Elma, Howard County, Iowa
Open to pedestrians only
- Chicago Great Western Railway (CGW)
Stone culvert
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.24198, -92.43544   (decimal degrees)
43°14'31" N, 92°26'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/545835/4787842 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 59371 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 12, 2018: New photo from Don Morrison
  • January 26, 2014: New Street View added by Dave King
  • January 26, 2014: New photos from Don Morrison
  • January 25, 2014: Updated by Don Morrison: Added category "Chicago Great Western Railway"


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CGW - Elma Stone Culvert
Posted April 2, 2016, by Don Morrison


They've taken out a section of the ROW roadbed between the depot and the culvert for a business driveway. They're also cutting trees along the ROW.

So far the culvert is left intact....

CGW - Elma Stone Culvert
Posted July 23, 2015, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


No big deal if they are just pipes. I was curious as to if it was something worth targeting. But I have enjoyed looking at your finds (including the one near Osage that I believe was yours).

Best regards with the continued work,


CGW - Elma Stone Culvert
Posted July 23, 2015, by Don Morrison

Hey, John

Yes, there are the "tubes", where the "Old Roundhouse Trail" / "Wapsi Great Western Line Trail" crosses Mead Creek, and a smaller structure crossing a waterway farther north on the trail.

I haven't walked the trail in a few years. 8^(

The tubes are a pair of large culverts, I can't recall what the other structure is.

I never considered them as significant enough to document, I guess. Perhaps they are historic, since the CGW crossed on them.

I'm thinking that there is another very small culvert up near Lylah's Marsh as well.

There exist abutments three miles south on the north end of Alta Vista too, but the time I tried to photograph them, the photos weren't very good. (Old CGW ROW across Elk Creek.)

You can see parts of the old ROW all the way to:

Sumner, where it crosses the Little Wapsi in Google Earth.

Dundee, where there appears to be a large pier in the maquoketa river, and this - 42.577095, -91.526909.

Manchester, looks like a trestle. 42.556595, -91.429337

I think I can follow the old ROW all the way to Dubuque. Lots of bridge hunting opportunities.

I'll try to get some photos near Elma soon.

I guess this page needs a "Rail to Trail" category, too

CGW - Elma Stone Culvert
Posted July 21, 2015, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hey Don,

Just wondering if you've found the other two structures in Elma. They appear on satalite imagery, but I'm wondering if you know more.

Both are over forks of the Little Wapsipinicon River, just north of town