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Wabash - Grand River Bridge

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Wabash Railroad Bridge #499

First bridge, prior to its replacement

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License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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Description 

Bridge #499, originally consisting of 4 through-truss spans, was built in 1885 and was replaced by a DECK PLATE GIRDER bridge type in 1913. "Span D" of old bridge #499 was later relocated to the Wabash Ottumwa Branch to span Village Creek, thus officially becoming Wabash Bridge #2216. "Span C" of this bridge was later relocated to the Wabash Moberly-Des Moines line to span Cedar Creek north of Bussey, Iowa; thus officially becoming Wabash Bridge #2864. "Span A" of this bridge was later relocated to the Wabash Moberly-Des Moines line to span English Creek north of Harvey, Iowa; thus officially becoming Wabash Bridge #2889.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Grand River on Wabash Railroad
Location
Chariton County, Missouri, and Carroll County, Missouri
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1885; Replaced by a new DPG bridge in 1913; spans of this bridge were relocated onto the Moberly-Des Moines and Moulton-Ottumwa branches.
Railroad
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Design
Whipple through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.4 ft.
Total length: 595.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 26.0 ft.
Also called
Wabash Railroad Bridge #499 (old bridge)
Spans A-D, inclusive.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.42772, -93.15868   (decimal degrees)
39°25'40" N, 93°09'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/486342/4364255 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brunswick West
Inventory number
BH 63823 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 12, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Discovered date of bridge replacement and fixed same, since new details have been found about the replacement bridge, this bridge has thus been renamed.
  • December 2, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Updated history
  • October 26, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Updated bridge type as well as the Description of where a span of it ended up.
  • October 25, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Fixed typo in name

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Wabash - Grand River Bridge
Posted September 23, 2015, by Eric Kinkhorst (erick [dot] bud [at] gmail [dot] com)

I had a great uncle who died working on the replacement bridge. According to my father, he fell off and bashed his head on some rocks below. So much for worker safety back in the good ole days.