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Cedar River Trail - Prairie Creek Bridge


As seen from C Street - looking east

Good use of an abandoned rail bridge for a very popular trail.

Photo taken by Quinn Phelan in September 2010


BH Photo #243741

Street View 


Deck plate girder bridge over Prairie Creek on Trail
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1899
- Cedar Valley Quarry of Cedar Valley, Iowa (Substructure Quarrier)
- Elmer J.C. Bealer of Cedar Valley, Iowa (Substructure)
- Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway (BCRN)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 180.0 ft.
Also called
BCR&N Prairie Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.94977, -91.63939   (decimal degrees)
41°56'59" N, 91°38'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/612772/4645094 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Rapids South
Inventory number
BH 54655 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 28, 2021: New photo from Luke
  • December 27, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added substructure contractor+quarrier
  • March 7, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • April 24, 2014: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Removed category "Iowa Northern Railroad"
  • November 19, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • October 1, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • September 19, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • August 14, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 13, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added probable build date and dimensions
  • May 11, 2013: New photo from Dave King
  • November 28, 2012: New photo from Quinn Phelan
  • November 28, 2012: Added by Luke Harden


  • Luke
  • Quinn Phelan - qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


Cedar River Trail - Prairie Creek Bridge
Posted April 24, 2014, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Iowa Northern never operated south of Cedar Rapids. The company did consider buying the rest of the former Rock Island from Cedar Rapids to Burlington, but there were two bridges out of service on the south end of the line, and IANR lacked the funds to get the line back in operation. Buying the section from Cedar Rapids to West Liberty would only have allowed interchange with the Iowa Railroad, now Iowa Interstate, which made little sense at the time.