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RI - Fourmile Creek Bridge

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Rock Island Four Mile Creek Bridge

From East bank

Photo taken by John Marvig in July 2012

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BH Photo #235830

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Fourmile Creek
Location
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Status
Abandoned
History
Built ca. 1900; abandoned ca. 1980
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Keokuk & Des Moines Railway (K&DM)
Design
5-44' spans Deck Plate Girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 44.0 ft.
Total length: 220.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.58356, -93.53312   (decimal degrees)
41°35'01" N, 93°31'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/455561/4603678 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines SE
Inventory number
BH 51078 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 3, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 19, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • February 28, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Apparently the USGS says othewrwise
  • February 28, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Corrected creek name
  • November 12, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: added build date
  • July 24, 2012: New photos from John Marvig
  • July 23, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • July 6, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad"
  • January 25, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Four Mile Creek", edited bridge name, added stream name
  • January 24, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com

Comments 

RI Fourmile Creek Bridge
Posted March 1, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Adding to the confusion is the nearby township named Four Mile. I chose to use the USGS name since that's the one that seemed to work best when searching official documents. Not being a local I was hesitant about changing the name since the government has made errors in the past. Naming convention here probably should be to use whatever makes it easiest for people to find things, so common usage should trump "official" as the primary name. If locals use two words for this creek the "official" nomenclature can go in the AKA field.

RI Fourmile Creek Bridge
Posted February 28, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Apparently the official USGS name for the waterway is Fourmile Creek.

However, I'd wager that it's one of those "It really doesn't matter" sort of situations about the waterway's nomenclature. Ergo, does not matter whether we spell it "Fourmile" "Four-Mile" or "Four Mile", as it's gone by all of those variations in nomenclature.

However, for specificity's sake, we should leave it as Fourmile.

RI Four Mile Creek Bridge
Posted February 28, 2013, by John Marvig

Just like to point it out Clark, Polk county refers to the creek as "Four Mile Creek" and other sources refer to it as "Four-Mile Creek"

The more common name is probably Four Mile Creek, not fourmile creek.