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Squaw Creek Park Trail Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Luke in March 2012

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Description 

Part of the Ames-Slater CNW line.

Facts 

Overview
Lost through Plate Girder bridge over Squaw Creek on Trail
Location
Ames, Story County, Iowa
Status
Replaced by a MOB
History
Built 1917, Abandoned & converted to trail use in 1984, Damaged by ice in 2009., Damaged by floodwaters in 2010 & Closed, Replaced in November 2012
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
4 Spans Trestle
1-75' TPG
3 Spans Trestle
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 75.0 ft.
Total length: 160.0 ft.
Also called
CNW - Squaw Creek Bridge (S)
CNW - Bridge #829
Squaw Creek Trail Bridge
Squaw Creek Park Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.01567, -93.62193   (decimal degrees)
42°00'56" N, 93°37'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/448505/4651703 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ames East
Inventory number
BH 49122 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 30, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added build date
  • March 10, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Bridge has been replaced.
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Railroad"
  • July 25, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • March 9, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Riveted"
  • March 7, 2012: New photos from Luke Harden
  • February 16, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Chicago & North Western Railway"
  • January 23, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • December 11, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: updated descriptor
  • August 21, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Added photographs
  • August 19, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Ravaged by flooding, but still standing
  • August 4, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • July 27, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: added girder type
  • July 16, 2011: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • deviantArt - During the 2008 flood
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Squaw Creek Park Trail Bridge
Posted November 17, 2017, by John Marvig

I live a few blocks from here and checked out the new MOB the other day. Not a pretty sight. While the old bridge was not that significant, it sure was nicer than the current structure.

Squaw Creek Park Trail Bridge
Posted November 17, 2017, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

This bridge actually was somewhat damaged in 1990 or 1993. I helped sandbag South Duff during those floods.

At least I remember it as being a bit misaligned in the mid 1990s, but still crossable.

I remember picking wild hops on the trail between South 4th and the bridge. I did use them in a homebrew, but don't remember if it was an IPA. 🤣

The railroad was removed in the early 1980s.

The tracks crossed L-way and passed along the east edge of the DOT property. South Grand Avenue didn't exist then. Grand Avenue ended at L-way.

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

It's hard to be sure if the bridge was damaged in 2008 or 2010, but it was one of the two years. Can anyone shed some light on the damage year of the bridge?

Squaw Creek Park Bridge
Posted June 23, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I'm almost sure, because of the design. CNW used a lot of these Through Plate Girder Bridges from about 1900 to 1930.

Its almost a perfect match as far as spans go...

http://pegnsean.net/~johnm/Jade%20Ave%20Underpass.html

Squaw Creek Park Bridge
Posted June 23, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Please do, I've been wondering about the build date. The bolting layout would give one the belief that the American Bridge Co. built it. So hopefully We can get a builder and a build date.

Squaw Creek Park Bridge
Posted June 23, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I'll ask the C&NWHS about the date. They are very good at finding dates...

Squaw Creek Park Bridge
Posted June 23, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

There is no bridge plate extant on the bridge. I do believe there are holes for where one used to be, but there is no extant bridge plate.

Squaw Creek Park Bridge
Posted June 23, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

The bridge, along with the line from Ames to Slater was abandoned 1984. I will be on the lookout for any sort of plate on this bridge when I am here. I will make sure that some way or another I find a date.

Squaw Creek Park Bridge
Posted June 22, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Thanks for posting the information. I had come across it, but had forgotten to add it to the page.

Squaw Creek Park Bridge
Posted June 22, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

This bridge is part of a line that went from Eagle Grove, through Story City, down through Ames, crossing here, before eventually coming into Des Moines.

Squaw Creek Park Bridge
Posted July 18, 2011, by Andy

I've played golf a few times at the course right next to the bridge and the trail appears to be an abandoned RR line. Also, I saw what looked like a homeless persons camp a few hundred feet upstream. So, if you venture out to the bridge be on the look out.