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Kewash Trail - West Fork Crooked Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Quinn Phelan in August 2012

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BH Photo #236826

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Facts 

Overview
Lattice through truss bridge over West Fork Crooked Creek on Kewash Trail
Location
Washington County, Iowa
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1889
Builder
- Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Keota - Washington Transportation Company (KWTR)
- Kewash Railroad (KEWH)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Lattice through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 225.0 ft.
Also called
RI - West Fork Crooked Creek Bridge
KEWH - West Fork Crooked Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.31809, -91.74763   (decimal degrees)
41°19'05" N, 91°44'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/604819/4574825 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Washington
Inventory number
BH 51412 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 9, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Keota - Washington Transportation Company"
  • January 24, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added build date
  • October 9, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Pedimented portal bracing"
  • August 19, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Kewash Railroad"
  • August 14, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 13, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added dimensions
  • August 7, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed builder to Lassig B&I Works
  • August 7, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad"
  • August 6, 2012: New photos from Quinn Phelan
  • February 23, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Rail-to-trail"

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Comments 

Kewash Trail Bridge
Posted August 7, 2012, by John Marvig

The cutouts are also found on a bridge in chippewa falls, wi that dates to 1894

Kewash Trail Bridge
Posted August 7, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for that info. I guess one category should do the trick then.

Kewash Trail Bridge
Posted August 7, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

According to the 1902 bio in the ASCE transactions, the company was never M. Lassig. This may have been more of a signature than a company name.

http://books.google.com/books?id=XrvVAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA353&lpg=P...

Lassig was bought by American Bridge in 1900. This may explain the use of the same decorative design on bridges by both companies. The build date might have to determine which name was in use when the bridge was built.

Kewash Trail Bridge
Posted August 7, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sounds good to me.

Kewash Trail Bridge
Posted August 7, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good question, Luke. I am actually not sure if we should differentiate them or not. I am not certain when the name change occurred, or if the change had any effect on design. I think I will defer to James on this one.

Kewash Trail Bridge
Posted August 7, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I suspect that this bridge was built by M. Lassig in the 1880s or 1890s, not by the American Bridge Co. I am comparing this bridge to the Cheyenne River Bridge in Pennington Co., SD and I don't think you can correlate them because the 1927 American Bridge Co. plaque on the Cheyenne River Bridge is almost certainly on one of the newer spans.

Another South Dakota bridge gives a better comparison. It was built in 1888 by M. Lassig. http://bridgehunter.com/sd/minnehaha/bh36190/

Kewash Trail Bridge
Posted August 7, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Same cutouts in the gussets as seen here:

http://bridgehunter.com/photos/18/24/182461-L.jpg

by American Bridge Co 1927