This bridge never belonged to the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad. While the CRI&P controlled M&StL during the early 20th century, this bridge was built as stated below by the Iowa Central. In 1960, the Chicago and Northwestern purchased the M&StL, which had absorbed the Iowa Central many years before. This bridge was part of the M&StL's Peoria Gateway mainline that routed freight traffic from the north and west away from the Chicago area. The Northwestern abandoned the line and the bridge in 1970. There were plans to use it again until the vandals set fire to the lift draw span. The Rock Island's bridge across the Mississippi River is owned by the Federal Government, and is a dual purpose bridge that crosses the river at Davenport, Iowa onto the Arsenal Island at Rock Island, IL. It is now used by the Iowa Interstate Railroad as well as vehicle traffic.