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MILW - Cone Lake Bridge (Old)


April 11, 1912 span collapse


BH Photo #241061



Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Cone Lake on Railroad
Muscatine County, Iowa
Built 1911, Collapsed 1912 due to the sinking of pier #4
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW; CMStP&P; CMStP)
Deck plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.37558, -91.32612   (decimal degrees)
41°22'32" N, 91°19'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/639976/4581802 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 51854 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 20, 2017: New photos from Jennifer Hill
  • January 10, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added imagery provided by Jennifer Hill
  • February 2, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected stream name. Was given misinformation when I facquired the original photograph.
  • November 13, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated bridge: Was replaced at some point by a through truss.
  • March 23, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad"

Related Bridges 


MILW - Cone Lake Bridge (Old)
Posted January 14, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

These are some great photos. Thank you for contributing them.

MILW - Cone Lake Bridge (Old)
Posted January 10, 2017, by Luke

Thank you, Jennifer.

MILW - Cone Lake Bridge (Old)
Posted January 10, 2017, by jenniferhilldds@gmail.com (jenniferhilldds [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have a post card series from a photographer from Columbus Jct., a town just south of Cone (renamed Conesville). The card series included 29 images, I have 20. They show the lifting of a locomotive from the lake. See attached.

Jennifer Hill

MILW Cone Lake Bridge (Old)
Posted December 16, 2013, by Owen McCormick (owen(underscore)mccormick(at)live(dot)com)

Legend is that they were never able to retrieve the steam locomotive, and it is still at the bottom of the lake today. Remember, that is just urban legend. My uncle owns the land immediately south of the right-of-way.