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IAIS - Walnut Creek Bridge


IAIS Walnut Creek Bridge

Photo taken by C J Johnson

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BH Photo #253340

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Originally built at Marquette, Iowa as Bridge #R-18 across Bloody Run Creek in 1896. The bridge was moved here 1917.

Information comes from the Milwaukee Road Archives at the Milwaukee Central Library.


Pony truss bridge over Walnut Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1896 at Marquette, Iowa; moved here 1917
- Carnegie Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS)
- Iowa Railroad (IRRC)
1 Span Trestle
1-105' Pratt pony truss
1 Span Trestle
Length of largest span: 105.0 ft.
Total length: 142.0 ft.
Also called
MILW Bridge #Y-8
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.58331, -93.70234   (decimal degrees)
41°34'60" N, 93°42'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/441455/4603751 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines SW
Inventory number
BH 49363 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 27, 2023: Updated by John Marvig: added builder and build date
  • May 8, 2022: Updated by John Marvig: added relocation information
  • October 19, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 24, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Riveted"
  • October 19, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 31, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • July 4, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • May 7, 2013: Photo imported by John Marvig
  • July 30, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • May 10, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Riveted"
  • January 25, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Iowa Interstate Railroad"
  • August 16, 2011: Added by Luke Harden