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UP - Raccoon River Bridge (Hollingsworth Spur)

Photos 

Photo taken Sept. 2016 by Daniel Barnes

BH Photo #366428

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Line constructed as a spur from Valley Junction, Iowa to the Hollingsworth Coal Co.'s mines. All approach spans relocated from unknown locations. Main span likely original to this site.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Raccoon River on Union Pacific Railroad
Location
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1985 using secondhand material
Builder
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (North Span)
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Chicago Great Western Railway (CGW)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (M&StL; MSTL)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 310.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.56307, -93.69015   (decimal degrees)
41°33'47" N, 93°41'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/442454/4601495 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines SW
Inventory number
BH 52430 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 3, 2020: New photos from John Marvig
  • February 21, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added information
  • April 4, 2017: New photo from Daniel Barnes
  • October 2, 2016: Added photos from Daniel Barnes
  • October 31, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • May 11, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Daniel Barnes
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com