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Wabash Railroad Bridge #2961

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Written by James Holzmeier

The original 1891 bridge at this location was a Howe truss bridge, later replaced by Wabash RR in 1905 with a pile trestle. Wabash renewed that bridge in 1928 and the RR data sheet reflects it was a 9-span pile trestle with frame bents on concrete footings, 127' in length. In 1955, Wabash removed the 1928 bridge and replaced it with a 73.7' DPG span, which had four 14' pile trestle spans.

Facts 

Overview
Lost bridge over Wilson's Creek on Wabash Railroad
Location
Marion County, Iowa
Status
Demolished & (normally) inundated, but the remains of the bridge's timber bent supports can be seen at times of low water level on the Des Moines River
History
Original 114' low truss bridge built 1891, renewed 1905 & 1928; replaced with this bridge 1955; removed account of line abandonment concurrent with Lake Red Rock project
Railroad
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Dimensions
Deck width: 16.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 32.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.48855, -93.27667   (decimal degrees)
41°29'19" N, 93°16'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/476904/4593030 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pleasantville
Inventory number
BH 64423 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Beam (12,205)
Built 1955 (381)
Built during 1950s (3,351)
Deck truss (1,522)
Howe deck truss (37)
Howe truss (430)
Iowa (5,810)
Lost (18,876)
Lost 1968 (55)
Lost during 1960s (409)
Marion County, Iowa (126)
Owned by railroad (9,899)
Skewed (4,699)
Timber stringer (3,364)
Truss (29,510)
Wabash Railroad (545)

Update Log 

  • December 30, 2014: Essay added by James Holzmeier
  • December 5, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Updated location

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