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UP - Des Moines River Bridge (Hartford Avenue)


Photo taken by Bradley J. Grefe

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BH Photo #234390


Street View 


3 Span Baltimore Through Truss Bridge over Des Moines River near Hartford Ave
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Open to traffic
First built 1880's, rebuilt 1915 as 4 span truss bridge with trestle approaches on either side, rebuilt 1920 with three truss spans and trestle. Trestle filled at later date.
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Baltimore Petit through truss bridge with x-frame lattice portals. Connections are riveted.
Length of largest span: 160.0 ft.
Total length: 459.0 ft.
Also called
Hartford Ave Railroad Bridge
Union Pacific Bridge at Hartford Ave
RI - Des Moines River Bridge (Hartford Avenue)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.57043, -93.57730   (decimal degrees)
41°34'14" N, 93°34'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/451868/4602243 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines SE
Inventory number
BH 49359 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 19, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • January 31, 2017: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • July 7, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • November 12, 2012: New photos from John Marvig
  • July 30, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: added history
  • July 23, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "X-Frame Portal"
  • July 23, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • July 1, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • September 19, 2011: Updated by Jason Smith: This is a Baltimore truss bridge
  • September 18, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • August 15, 2011: Added by Luke Harden