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DME - River Drive Overpass


Photo taken by Luke in March 2018


BH Photo #419525

Street View 


Pony/through plate girder bridge over River Drive/US61 on DME Railroad
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1957-8
- Gould Construction Co. of Davenport, Iowa
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad (DME)
- Davenport, Rock Island, & Northwestern Railroad (DRI)
- I&M Rail Link (IMRL)
- Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad (ICE)
- Soo Line Railroad (SOO)
Pony plate girder
Span length: 19.0 ft.
Total length: 19.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.51434, -90.60257   (decimal degrees)
41°30'52" N, 90°36'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/700058/4598631 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Davenport East
Inventory numbers
IA 46910 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 52463 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 14, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • March 19, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • October 30, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • May 14, 2012: Added by Luke Harden


DM&E - River Drive Overpass
Posted July 29, 2019, by Dan Nichols (Jinkslingr [at] aol [dot] com)

I found a listing for Gould Construction, Davenport, IA with Margrette Nelson as a director. The original business filing was February 5, 1906. The company is inactive. Nelson's husband died in 1970. It could be that the Nelsons owned the company in 1958.

DM&E - River Drive Overpass
Posted July 29, 2019, by Dan Nichols (Jinkslingr [at] aol [dot] com)

George A. Gould was my great-grandfather. I was born in 1949 and I never heard of any family member active in the construction business. Obviously, there was a "Gould Construction Company," in 1958. The history of the company would be interesting. Also, thank you Mr. Vance for your research.

DM&E - River Drive Overpass
Posted July 16, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Often it is sons or other family members that carry on the company name.

Good work on this Mr. Vance!

DM&E - River Drive Overpass
Posted July 16, 2019, by Luke

Companies long outlive the death of their namesake founder.

e.g. King Bridge Co. outlived Zenas King

To keep it local to Iowa, https://bridgehunter.com/category/builder/a-m-cohron-sons/ is still trucking, despite the namesake founder dying during the construction of the bridge that is currently their sole credit on the site.

I haven't find a date for the closure of the company, but apparently it was still operating in 1972

DM&E - River Drive Overpass
Posted July 16, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

From the newspapers.com OCR:

The Iowa Highway Commission today had cleared the way for Gould Construction Co., Davenport, to start work this year on construction of a railroad underpass in connection with the River Street improvement project. The commission approved Gould's bid of $152,491 for the underpass in the vicinity of Howell Street under the Chicago, Milwaukee. St. Paul & Pacific railroad tracks. "A spokesman for the construction firm said that the starting of the project depends upon the delivery of steel and the cooperation from the rail-, road. The railroad firm also has to do some track work in connection with the project.

There is other evidence of a Gould Construction being in business into at least the '50s.

DM&E - River Drive Overpass
Posted July 16, 2019, by Dan Nichols (Jinkslingr [at] aol [dot] com)

George A. Gould, owner of Gould Construction died in 1928. This bridge could likely have been built by a different Gould Construction Company. I could not see the newspaper cited as a source.