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High Bridge

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Description 

The road deck was 18 feet wide with a 4 foot wide sidewalk on the downstream side. Was also a toll bridge. The bridge collapsed in 1899 during winter when a piece of ice slammed into the third steel cylindrical pier on the Illinois side, causing and approach span to fall. They replaced all cylindrical piers with masonry piers (made with stone from Cedar Valley, Iowa) and reset the bridge. The bridge collapsed again on June 1, 1956 when Duane Allen Chelf crashed his Ford convertible into a wooden railing and a girder whilst running from the police (he had been speeding without his lights on). The bridge was repaired and remained open until its replacement in the 1970s It was demolished in 1973 after the completion of the Norbert F. Becky Bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Cantilevered Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Mississippi River on Walnut Street
Location
Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa, and Rock Island County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge upriver.
Future prospects
Single stone pier preserved
History
Built 1891; Collapsed in 1899; Collapsed in again in 1956; Demolished in 1973
Builders
- Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Muscatine Bridge Co. of Muscatine, Iowa (Operator)
Design
Cantilevered Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 442.0 ft.
Total length: 2,000.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Also called
Muscatine Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.42161, -91.04104   (decimal degrees)
41°25'18" N, 91°02'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/663701/4587413 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Muscatine
Inventory number
BH 48881 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 8, 2017: Document added by Luke
  • April 14, 2014: New photo from Luke Harden
  • October 18, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • March 19, 2013: New photos from Luke Harden
  • March 19, 2013: Photo imported by Nathan Holth
  • September 23, 2012: New photos from Luke Harden
  • September 16, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added another builder
  • September 12, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • June 18, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited description
  • June 16, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Built by Milwaukee Bridge & Iron
  • March 23, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • March 10, 2012: Updated by Owen McCormick: Fixed Status Typo. Added former road information (Route 92)
  • January 11, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • June 8, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated info

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Comments 

Muscatine High Bridge
Posted June 8, 2011, by Lyon Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This website has early 1970s pictures of the Muscatine waterfront that includes photos of the original high bridge that was demolished after the current Norbert F. Beckey Bridge was built.

http://www.ericwestonphoto.net/muscatinecity.html

The original old bridge looks like it retained it's original wood deck until the end.

http://www.ericwestonphoto.net/galleries/muscatine/city/down...

It also has a 1973 photo with the old high bridge being imploded with the then new bridge in the background.

http://www.ericwestonphoto.net/galleries/muscatine/city/down...

Muscatine High Bridge
Posted June 8, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Even more information including span lengths and details of construction can be found here: http://books.google.com/books?id=3mDOAAAAMAAJ&dq=Muscatine%2...

Muscatine High Bridge
Posted June 8, 2011, by Nathan Holth

Information about this bridge can be found here: http://books.google.com/books?id=cHkUAAAAYAAJ&dq=Muscatine%2...