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UP - North Skunk River Bridge


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Build date provided by ICC Valuation Summary Report, courtesy Doug Harding collection. Builder courtesy of the Hagley Museum & Library, Phoenix Bridge Company records


Schaub Through Truss Bridge over North Skunk River on Union Pacific Railroad
New Sharon, Poweshiek County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1902
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (MSTL)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
138' Subdivided Warren Through Truss with 16 Span Trestle Approaches
Length of largest span: 138.0 ft.
Total length: 351.0 ft.
Also called
M&StL - North Skunk River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.50940, -92.65243   (decimal degrees)
41°30'34" N, 92°39'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/529005/4595365 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 55076 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 2, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added builder
  • May 17, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records
  • September 12, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 27, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: added build date
  • September 2, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • July 2, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • July 1, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Changed design to Warren Through Truss
  • March 2, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge is NOT lost, added dimensions
  • January 2, 2013: Added by Luke Harden



UP - North Skunk River Bridge
Posted October 17, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

We have a skunk problem here...

I was looking at this bridge entry and found something amiss. This bridge was listed as crossing the Skunk River, when it actually crosses its tributary, the North Skunk. The Skunk River proper doesn't start until Keokuk County where the two branches join, which is southeast of this bridge.

I checked the Skunk River category, and the vast majority of bridges that are listed as crossing the Skunk River actually cross either the north or south tributary. This means we have several dozen entries that actually have the incorrect waterway listed. I corrected this particular entry, but that is the only one I personally fixed.

Part of the problem seems to be that NBI data doesn't seem to differentiate between north or south rivers. If somebody has time to kill, we have many, many entries that need corrected. I added a category for the North Skunk River and placed this bridge in it.