FYI for anybody who might be interested...
Part of my background was in heavy equipment demolition, specifically rail equipment. That company folded a few years ago, but last winter the former owner was working with some investors and attempting to get another scrap company going. Besides rail equipment, he was also looking at getting into bridge demolition, so I brought this bridge to his attention as a possible candidate.
He called Tyson several times inquiring about the bridge but could never get them to give him a straight answer as to what their intentions for it were. That being said, anybody who is interested in seeing this bridge re-used for trail usage in the future should take heart from this. Whatever Tyson has planned for this bridge's future, they don't seem to be in a big hurry to sell it off and have it torn down.
Now I know that some of you might be shocked or offended that somebody who contributes to this website might seek to be part of a historic bridge's destruction, but before you have a stroke at your keyboard, please consider: While I don't get into the nuts and bolts, so to speak, of bridge type or history like many of you do, I do enjoy looking at them or photographing them from time to time. However, I'm also a realist. Not every bridge ever built can be saved, and many of them are going to have to come down at some time.
While I would have regretted seeing it come down, I personally would have jumped at the chance to take part in its demolition if the opportunity would have arrived. It is simply the nature of the beast. I am a passionate railfan, but that didn't stop me from destroying numerous old locomotives when the job called for it. The Rock Island will always be my favorite railroad, and this bridge is one of the major pieces of its legacy still standing in SE Iowa. Personally, I am glad that it seems to be safe for now and hopefully it will become part of the Hoover Trail. Time will tell.
Warning to all who go back here....
Its a nice bridge, although the smell from the Tyson plant is strong enough to make someone puke
Hopefully it can become part of the Hoover Trail in the future.
According to what I've ascertained, Tyson Foods actually owns the bridge.