John Marvig

About Me 

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

I am a 20 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, Kansas, North and South Dakota as well as Wisconsin; however I also have covered parts of Indiana and Nebraska, Michigan and Missouri

Recent Updates 

UP - Oak Creek Parkway Overpass (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Stone arch bridge over Oak Creek and Oak Creek Parkway on Union Pacific Railroad in South Milwaukee
August 17, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from C&NWHS Archives
UP - Ham's Fork River Bridge (Abandoned) (Lincoln County, Wyoming)
Timber stringer Bridge over Ham Fork River
August 15, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added design
Red Cedar State Trail - Dunnville Bottoms Bridge (Dunn County, Wisconsin)
Through truss bridge over Chippewa River on Red Cedar State Trail
August 12, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: added relocation data
NP - Skagit River Bridge (Skagit County, Washington)
Abandoned warren through truss bridge over Skagit River on Former Northern Pacific Railroad
August 4, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Corrected build date via NP Bridge Book
NP - Shields River Bridge #2 (Park County, Montana)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Shields River on Abandoned Northern Pacific Railroad
August 4, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build Date from NP Bridge Book
Whitehorse Trail - Deer Creek Bridge (Snohomish County, Washington)
Pratt through truss bridge over Deer Creek on Whitehorse Trail
July 28, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build Date from NP Bridge Book
Whitehorse Trail - Boulder River Bridge (Snohomish County, Washington)
Pratt through truss bridge over Boulder River on Whitehorse Trail
July 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build/relocation Date from NP Bridge Book
Whitehorse Trail - North Fork Stillaguamish River Bridge (Snohomish County, Washington)
Through truss bridge over N Fork Stillaguamish River on Whitehorse Trail
July 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build Date from NP Bridge Book
Wild Rivers Trail - Bear Creek Bridge #3 (Barron County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Bear Creek on Wild Rivers Trail
July 25, 2018: Added
C&NW - Bear Creek Bridge #2 (Barron County, Wisconsin)
Lost Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bear Creek on Chicago & North Western Railway
July 25, 2018: Added
C&NW - Bear Creek Bridge #3 (Barron County, Wisconsin)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bear Creek on Chicago & North Western Railway
July 25, 2018: Added
PRR - Ronks Haupt Bridge (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Haupt through truss bridge over Amtrak (former PRR) on Private farm road
July 25, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Removed false damage report
Wild Rivers Trail - Red Cedar River Bridge (Barron County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Red Cedar River on Wild Rivers Trail
July 25, 2018: Added
C&NW - Red Cedar River Bridge (Old) (Barron County, Wisconsin)
Lost Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Red Cedar River on Chicago & North Western Railway
July 25, 2018: Added
CN - Mondamin Street Overpass (Grundy County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mondamin St. (Minooka Rd) on EJ&E Ry
July 18, 2018: New photos
CN - Kedzie Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Kedzie Avenue on Canadian National Railway
July 18, 2018: Added
CN - Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over Sanitary & Ship Canal on CNRR (original Chicago, Madison & Northern Railroad)
July 18, 2018: New photos
BNSF - Canal Street Lift Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over South Branch of Chicago River on BNSF Railway
July 18, 2018: New photos
CNW - Kinzie Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Warren through truss bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Union Pacific Railroad
July 18, 2018: New photos
CTM - Elston Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony plate girder bridge over Elston Avenue on Abandoned Chicago Terminal Railway
July 18, 2018: New photos
CTM - Bloomingdale Line Swing Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Chicago Terminal Railway
July 18, 2018: New photos
Bloomingdale Trail - Leavitt Street Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Leavitt Street on Bloomingdale Trail
July 18, 2018: Added
Bloomingdale Trail - Winnebago Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Winnebago Avenue on Bloomingdale Trail
July 18, 2018: Added
Bloomingdale Trail - Milwaukee Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Through Girder bridge over N. Milwaukee Avenue on Bloomingdale Line Trail
July 18, 2018: New photos
Bloomingdale Trail - Western Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Western Avenue on Bloomingdale Line Park
July 18, 2018: New photos
CTA Purple Line - Hamlin Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Hamlin Street on CTA Purple Line
July 18, 2018: Added
CTA Purple Line - Simpson Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Simpson Street on CTA Purple Line
July 18, 2018: Added
CTA Purple Line - Colfax Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Colfax Street on CTA Purple Line
July 18, 2018: Added
CTA Purple Line - Ridge Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Ridge Avenue/Lincoln Street on CTA Purple Line
July 18, 2018: Added
UP - Lincoln Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Lincoln Street on Union Pacific Railroad
July 18, 2018: Added
UP - South Western Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over South Western Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 17, 2018: New Street View added
Northbrook Rail Crossing (Cook County, Illinois)
Lattice through truss bridge over Canadian Pacific Railway on Union Pacific Railroad
July 17, 2018: New photos
UP - Techny Road Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Techny Road on Union Pacific Railroad
July 17, 2018: New photos
UP - Hazel Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Hazel Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Laurel Avenue Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Laurel Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Deerpath Road Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Deerpath Road on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: New photos
Robert McClory Bike Path - Deerpath Road Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over Deerpath Road on Skokie Valley Bike Path
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Vine Avenue Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Vine Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Bloom Street Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Bloom Street on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Illinois Road Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Illinois Road on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Woodland Road Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Woodland Road on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: New photos
UP - Scranton Avenue Overpass (E) (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over IL 176 (Scranton Ave) on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: New photos
UP - Scranton Avenue Overpass (W) (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over IL 176 (Scranton Ave) on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: New photos
UP - Waukegan River Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Waukegan River on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: New photos
UP - Belmont Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Belmont Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Melrose Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Melrose Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - School Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over School Street on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Roscoe Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Roscoe Street on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Cornelia Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Cornelia Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Addison Street Bridge (Roscoe Village) (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Addison Street and Lincoln Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted August 18, 2018

Thomas,

Do you know the history of the structure? It seems like such a unique situation

Posted August 17, 2018
Posted August 15, 2018

Iím guessing this bridge is older than 1950. Possibly closer to 1890.

Posted August 8, 2018

In 1918, this bridge was listed as a pile trestle. This would seem to indicate that these spans were relocated to this location, probably from two different locations. Further research will be conducted.

Posted August 4, 2018

A Northern Pacific bridge book indicates that this structure was installed here in 1918, meaning it was relocated from another location. This other location is likely on the former NP mainline, hence the plaques stating the third crossing of the Yellowstone River.

Posted July 27, 2018

Looks like this one may be a reused swing bridge. A Northern Pacific bridge book gives a date of 1929, far too recent for this structure. Like the other trusses on this line, I would suspect this was relocated here. Fortunately, a master set of NP bridge records exists in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Posted July 25, 2018

A Wisconsin Historical Survey appears to give only the main span an 1882 build date.

https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Property/HI21601

Posted July 18, 2018

It appears that this bridge was originally five separate spans. The bridges were slowly removed between 2005 and 2012. I wonder what would have caused them to be removed after so many years abandoned..shame I can't find any pictures of the structures.

Posted July 16, 2018

Sometimes these can be a little confusing. In this instance, I would probably list the stringer span as an approach to the main structure, in the same listing.

Posted July 16, 2018

It appears that this bridge is actually part of the limestone creek bridge, not a separate structure.

Posted July 16, 2018

Appears that this bridge was replaced

Posted July 15, 2018

Does anybody know when the span was originally fabricated in the original location? It looks to be a mid 1880s truss to me, and that should be listed as a build date as well.

Posted July 12, 2018

I believe this is a total replacement of the remaining historic portions of the structure. Darn shame.

Posted July 11, 2018

No problem Nick! I have recently acquired complete bridge records for most ATSF divisions. This also includes most of Kansas. It certainly makes research a lot less hassle.

Posted July 9, 2018

It appears that this bridge was rebuilt from a railroad pony truss. The Chicago & North Western reused many older railroad pony trusses of this design as road overpasses. Most of them were extensively rebuilt.