John Marvig

About Me 

Email: marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
Website: http://johnmarvigbridges.org

I am a 19 year old attending Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa; who takes quite a passion in photographing old and historic railroad bridges. I run my own website dedicated to my unique hobby.

Most of my photography is from Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin; however I also have covered parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana and Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan and Missouri

Recent Updates 

UP - Big Creek Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Big Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
December 12, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge has been bypassed, demolition uncertain
RI - Reeds Creek Bridge (Van Buren County, Iowa)
Lost quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Reeds Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 10, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build Date from Rock Island Annual Report
UP - South Onion Creek Tributary Arch (Boone County, Iowa)
Stone Arch bridge over South Onion Creek Tributary on Union Pacific Railroad
December 9, 2017: New photos
Clear Creek Bridge (Marshall County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Clear Creek on 320th Street
December 5, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge has Been Replaced
DM&E - Bridge #M249 (Waseca County, Minnesota)
Steel stringer bridge over Park Road on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
December 3, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge has Been Replaced
DM&E - Bridge #M249 (Waseca County, Minnesota)
Steel stringer bridge over Park Road on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
UP - Clinton Falls Rail Crossing (Steele County, Minnesota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Abandoned Canadian Pacific Railroad on Union Pacific Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
UP - Straight River Bridge #6 (Steele County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Straight River on Union Pacific Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
UP - Straight River Bridge #5 (Steele County, Minnesota)
Warren deck truss bridge over Straight River on Union Pacific Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
UP - Straight River Bridge #3 (Steele County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Straight River on Union Pacific Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
CP - Medford Rail Bridge (Steele County, Minnesota)
warren pony truss bridge over Straight River on Abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway
December 3, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Owatonna Rail Crossing (Steele County, Minnesota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Union Pacific Railroad on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Straight River Bridge (Steele County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Straight River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Oak Avenue Overpass (Steele County, Minnesota)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Oak Avenue on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
DM&E Hoffman Drive Overpass (Steele County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Hoffman Drive (Former US-14/65) on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Riverside Avenue Overpass (Steele County, Minnesota)
Pony/through girder bridge over Riverside Avenue on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Fremont Street Overpass (Steele County, Minnesota)
Steel stringer bridge over Fremont Avenue on Canadian Pacific Railway
December 3, 2017: New photos
UP - Wolf Creek Bridge (Rice County, Minnesota)
Stone arch bridge over Wolf Creek on Railroad
December 3, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build Date
CP - County 45 Overpass (Rice County, Minnesota)
Steel stringer bridge over County Road 45 (Former U.S. Hwy 65) on Abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway
December 3, 2017: New photos
CP - Mud Creek Arch Bridge (Rice County, Minnesota)
Concrete and Brick arch bridge over Mud Creek on Abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway
December 3, 2017: New photos
CP - 270th Street Overpass (Steele County, Minnesota)
Steel stringer bridge over 270th Street on Abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway
December 3, 2017: New photos
PGR - 7th Street Overpass (Rice County, Minnesota)
Through Plate Girder Bridge over 7th Street N on Progressive Rail
December 3, 2017: New photos
PGR - MN-3 Overpass (Rice County, Minnesota)
Through Plate Girder Bridge over MN-3 on Progressive Rail
December 3, 2017: New photos
UP - Straight River Bridge #9 (Rice County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Straight River on Union Pacific Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
UP - 275th Street Overpass (Dakota County, Minnesota)
I-Beam bridge over 275th Street on Union Pacific Railway
December 3, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Pomme De Terre River Bridge (South) (Swift County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Pomme De Terre River on BNSF Railway
December 3, 2017: Added
BNSF - Pomme De Terre River Bridge (Middle) (Swift County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Pomme De Terre River on BNSF Railway
December 3, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Pomme De Terre River Bridge (Morris) (Stevens County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Pomme De Terre River Bridge on BNSF Railway
December 3, 2017: New photos
RI - Fourmile Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Fourmile Creek
December 3, 2017: New photos
Clive Greenbelt Trail - Walnut Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Pony plate girder bridge over Walnut Creek on Clive Greenbelt Trail
December 3, 2017: New photos
TC&W Watson Sag Bridge (Chippewa County, Minnesota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Watson Sag (Chippewa River) on TC&W RR
December 3, 2017: New photos
TC&W Chippewa River Bridge (W) (Chippewa County, Minnesota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Chippewa River on Twin Cities Western Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
TC&W Chippewa River Overflow Bridge (Chippewa County, Minnesota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Chippewa River Overflow on Twin Cities Western Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Minnesota River Overflow Bridge (Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Minnesota River Overflow on BNSF Railway
December 3, 2017: Added
BNSF - US-212 Overpass (Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota)
Steel stringer bridge over US-212/MN-67 on BNSF Railway
December 3, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Granite Falls Rail Bridge (N) (Chippewa County, Minnesota)
Warren through truss bridge over Minnesota River Backchannel on BNSF Railway
December 3, 2017: Added
BNSF - Granite Falls Rail Bridge (S) (Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota)
Warren through truss bridges over Minnesota River and overflow on BNSF Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
TC&W Wegdahl Railroad Bridge (Chippewa County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Brafees Creek and township road on Twin Cities & Western Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
TC&W Oak Avenue Bridge (Chippewa County, Minnesota)
Timber stringer bridge over Oak Avenue on Twin Cities & Western Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
TC&W Hawk Creek Bridge (Renville County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Hawk Creek on TC&W RR
December 3, 2017: New photos
TC&W County 140 Bridge (Carver County, Minnesota)
Steel stringer bridge over County Road 140 on Twin Cities Western Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
TC&W - County 36 Overpass (Carver County, Minnesota)
Slab bridge over County Road 36 (Former US-212) on Twin Cities & Western Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
TC&W - Carver Creek Bridge (Carver County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Carver Creek on TC&W Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Shell Rock River Bridge (Cerro Gordo County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Shell Rock River on IC&E Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Deer Creek Bridge (Mitchell County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Deer Creek on Railroad
December 3, 2017: New photos
ITR - Sherman's Nursery Bridge (S) (Floyd County, Iowa)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Sherman's Creek on Charles City Western Railway
December 3, 2017: New photos
ITR - Sherman's Nursery Bridge (N) (Floyd County, Iowa)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Sherman's Creek on Former driveway to Bailey's Nursery
December 3, 2017: New photos
IANR - Unnamed Creek Bridge (Floyd County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Tributary of Shell Rock River on Iowa Northern Railway
December 3, 2017: New photos
IANR - Unnamed Creek Bridge (Floyd County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Tributary of Shell Rock River on Iowa Northern Railway
December 2, 2017: Added
CNW - Linwood Cemetery Arch Bridge (Boone County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Honey Creek on Abandoned C&NW Railroad
December 2, 2017: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted December 15, 2017

http://trn.trains.com/~/media/images/news-wire/2017/10-octob...

Looks like this bridge took some serious damage from the collision earlier this fall...

Posted December 14, 2017

The three spans that are collapsing will be removed in early 2018. However, the swing span will remain in place.

Information from the Milwaukee Road Archives at the Milwaukee Central Library provided some information on this unique structure. The two pony truss spans were relocated from other locations. The 112' span demolished in 2002 was originally located in Oxford Junction, Iowa and built in 1899; while the 96' Span was originally located somewhere else.

Posted December 14, 2017

Bridge remains in place as of 2017 aerial imagery..

Posted December 13, 2017

Looks like a late 1880s or early 1890s truss to me..

Posted December 11, 2017

I actually think there should be a fourth, the 1903-present structure. If the entire superstructure was replaced in 1903, I would consider it a separate bridge from the 1875 structure. I'm not quite sure why everyone calls the existing bridge an 1875 structure.

Posted December 11, 2017

If the iron was replaced by steel in 1903, wouldn't that indicate the bridge was replaced at this time?

Posted December 11, 2017

Robert,

This is exactly what I was thinking. these alterations would make sense to reduce a bridge from double to single track.

Posted December 10, 2017

According to an annual report from 1883, the bridge was built double track. It appears that it was cut down in 1902 to a single track, including rebuilt portals.

Posted December 9, 2017

Is this a rare wooden railroad truss? It certainly seems to to me!

Posted December 8, 2017

The broken plaque on this bridge indicates a post-1910 American Bridge Company structure

Posted December 6, 2017

I donít necessarily buy that this is a private bridge. I know some landowners like marking property that isnít theirs. If google has an actual name for the road, I would assume that the road still shows up as public on recent GIS surveys, to the best of my knowledge.

Posted December 5, 2017

Some optimistic news regarding the future of this bridge:

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/seeds-planted-to-prese...

A petition has been created to save the bridge:

https://www.change.org/p/bnsf-railway-turn-the-bis-man-railr...

Posted December 4, 2017

The city of Clive is considering replacing this bridge:

http://www.cityofclive.com/government/clive-open-forum?pd_ur...

This bridge is one of the oldest known railroad through girders in the country.

Posted December 4, 2017

Hard to say if this one still exists. There's one thought, which says if it did, someone would have noticed it by now. Then again, it's extremely overgrown. I doubt it's any less than partially filled in if it does still exist however.

Posted December 4, 2017

I believe it is the exact same date. I agree about the disappointment, there were at least two dozen arches I figured would be mid-1880s that actually date to the late 1890s. Then again, itís also a really cool bridge and itís outlived most every other structure in the area. The difference between 1880 and 1900 in stone arches isnít huge, unlike trusses.

These bridge records do give an interesting look at bridges on the ATSF. There were some relocated trusses on the Topeka-Atchison line, and even an old turntable overpass in the area.