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RI - Skunk River Bridge

Photos 

Walking SW down the old ROW

The bridge is a good mile or so down the former ROW from the road crossing where I walked in.

Photo taken by Dylan VanAntwerp in March 2013

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BH Photo #251741

Map 

Description 

Total length is approximate

Facts 

Overview
Lost DPG Bridge over Skunk River on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
Location
Washington County, Iowa
Status
Removed with piers and abutments remaining
History
Built 1943, abandoned and removed 1983
Railroad
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
Design
4 - 100' DPG
6 - 70' DPG
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 750.0 ft.
Also called
Rock Island Bridge #2540
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.19175, -91.76025   (decimal degrees)
41°11'30" N, 91°45'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/603963/4560784 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brighton
Inventory number
BH 53257 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 19, 2016: New photo from Luke
  • August 26, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added info from track chart
  • March 29, 2013: New photos from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • January 12, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added build date range and arial imagery link.
  • November 12, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Skunk River", "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad"
  • August 26, 2012: Updated by Don Morrison: Added category "Railroad"

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Comments 

RI Skunk River Bridge
Posted March 29, 2013, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Just visited the bridge yesterday. There is an absolutely enormous log jam piled up behind the piers here. A person could practically walk across the river on them.