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Cedar River Trail - Prairie Creek Bridge

Photos 

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

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BH Photo #243741

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Prairie Creek on Trail
Location
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built ca. 1900
Railroads
- Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway (BCRN)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 180.0 ft.
Also called
BCR&N Prairie Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.94456, -91.63695   (decimal degrees)
41°56'40" N, 91°38'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/612983/4644519 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Rapids South
Inventory number
BH 54655 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • 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

Sources 

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

Comments 

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.