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Dinkey Bridge

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Map 

Description 

The railroad line that crossed here was known as the "Dinkey" line to Iowa State University. This line was used to transport students, mail, and building materials between downtown Ames and the campus of Iowa State University. The Dinkey was eventually replaced by electrified interurbans used by the Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern railroad, who Would have be operating the line at the time this bridge was built. After passenger service ended, the line was used to carry coal to the Iowa State Generating Station until they switched to receiving shipments via truck. This bridge was also used to smuggle plutonium for use in the Manhattan Project out of Iowa State College (As it was then referred to.) for delivery to the military.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Steel stringer bridge over Squaw Creek on Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railroad (former Ames and College Railroad) in Ames
Location
Ames, Story County, Iowa
Status
Demolished
History
Built ca 1918, Demolished in 2010
Railroads
- Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railway (FDDM)
- Interurban
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Steel stringer bridge with railroad ties used as decking with a 1" spacing between ties.
Dimensions
Total length: 245.0 ft.
Also called
UP - Dinkey Bridge
CNW - Dinkey Bridge
CNW - Squaw Creek Bridge
UP - Squaw Creek Bridge
FDDM - Dinkey Bridge
FDDM - Squaw Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.02678, -93.62890   (decimal degrees)
42°01'36" N, 93°37'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/447937/4652940 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ames West
Inventory number
BH 48843 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 14, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Railroad"
  • July 25, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • April 17, 2012: New photo from Luke Harden
  • April 11, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railroad"
  • February 16, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Ames & College Railway"
  • January 20, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Rail-to-trail"
  • November 30, 2011: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • September 19, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • August 22, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • June 30, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • June 8, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Added photographs
  • June 3, 2011: Added by Luke Harden

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Comments 

Dinkey Bridge
Posted July 25, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

No, as the bridge with timber bents was still extant in the great flood of 1918: http://www.amespubliclibrary.org/farwell/publication/Pub2739...

Dinkey Bridge
Posted July 25, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I have heard that the line was electrified in 1916. Is it possible this bridge was built the same time?

Dinkey Bridge
Posted June 3, 2011, by Andy Lehman

I wasn't sure exactly what bridge this was til I zoomed in on it on Google Earth. I used to run through the park all the time and remember walking out on this bridge and sitting on the edge and hanging my legs of the side. It was pretty scary given the bridges' height and the 1' spacing between the railroad ties. I think their safety concerns are valid but the bridge would have worked perfectly to connect the park trails on the east side of the river to the west.

PS Luke, did you graduate from ISU last year?