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MILW - Crooked River Bridge


MILW Crooked River 1

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BH Photo #530023


In 1931, the Rock Island realigned and upgraded its Trenton, MO, to Kansas City, MO, line with 76 miles of new and upgraded tracks costing 13.5 million dollars. As a part of the new construction project, a section of joint MILW/RI double track was built between Polo and Lawson. The MILW single track DPG bridge over the Crooked River, which was built in 1903, was replaced at this time. The new bridge was a much larger double track structure located just upstream on the new joint line. The original MILW alignment can still be made out running parallel to the new line between Polo and Lawson, and the old bridge's piers and abutments remain at the former Crooked River bridge site near Elmira.


Lost Deck Girder Bridge over Crooked River on Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad
Ray County, Missouri
Demolished/removed, abutments and piers remain
Built 1903, bypassed and presumed removed 1931, two spans reused in Iowa
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Deck plate girder
Also called
MILW Bridge #I-792
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.50913, -94.14858   (decimal degrees)
39°30'33" N, 94°08'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/401258/4373907 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 54 N., R. 29 W., Sec. 10
Inventory number
BH 93870 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 15, 2022: New photos from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • December 14, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information
  • August 8, 2021: Added by Clark Vance

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RI - Crooked River Bridge
Posted December 14, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Looking through my Milwaukee Road track profile, this bridge was Bridge #I-792. The 1903 stamp on the pier corresponds to when the original bridge was replaced by a newer structure. Much of the line from Iowa to Kansas City was upgraded at that time with new bridges.

Curiously enough, two spans of the bridge that was removed in 1931 were reused in northwest Iowa, where they were combined into a single heavy duty span, and still exist:


Would you be willing to snap a couple photos of the piers and post them here?