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Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities Bridge


Side view

Photo taken by Jason Smith

BH Photo #101855


Street View 


Pratt through truss bridge over Rock River on Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities access road
Rock Rapids, Lyon County, Iowa
Open to Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities traffic
Built 1888 by the Union Bridge Co.; Abandoned in the 1980s
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC)
- Rail-to-road
Pinned, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 675.0 ft.
Also called
IC - Rock Rapids Bridge
IC - Rock River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.42299, -96.16462   (decimal degrees)
43°25'23" N, 96°09'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/729521/4811694 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rock Rapids
Inventory number
BH 13935 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 9, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • January 3, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • November 29, 2013: New Street View added by Brent Tindall
  • September 3, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added alt name
  • September 2, 2013: New photos from Jason Smith
  • December 14, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Corrected build date
  • October 11, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Rock River (Iowa)"
  • October 11, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Added category "Rock River"
  • June 3, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed description from riveted to pinned, fixed other typos
  • December 3, 2011: Updated by Frank Hicks: Added GPS coordinates; has this bridge been converted to road use?
  • September 29, 2005: Posted photos from Jason Smith


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Frank Hicks
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Rock Rapids Railroad Bridge
Posted June 2, 2012, by Scott Van Aartsen (radioboy75 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The old Illinois Central bridge over the Rock River at Rock Rapids has been converted to "road" use, but it is a private driveway bridge. Not only do utilities utilize this bridge, but so do utility personnel. The only other usable vehicle bridge is the Highway 9 bridge. This bridge is only supposed to be used by Municipal Utility Personnel. The west side is in a residential area of town, but on the east side is the city's sewer plant. Utility personnel use it as a private "shortcut" to the sewer plant. They usually take it pretty slow on the old bridge.