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 

Chicago & Alton Blue Branch Bridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Deck plate girder bridge over Tributary of Blue Branch on Kansas City Southern RW (former Chicago & Alton)
October 9, 2017: Document added
RI - Minnehaha Creek Bridge (Grundy County, Iowa)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Minnehaha Creek on Abandoned Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway
October 7, 2017: New photos
RI - Mosquito Creek Bridge (Grundy County, Iowa)
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Mosquito Creek on Abandoned Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway
October 7, 2017: New photos
Pioneer Trail - Black Hawk Creek Bridge (Grundy County, Iowa)
Pony girder bridge over Black Hawk Creek on Pioneer Trail (former RI Railroad)
October 7, 2017: New photos
Pioneer Trail - Holland Creek Bridge (Grundy County, Iowa)
Rail-top Culvert over Branch of Holland Creek on Pioneer Trail (former RI)
October 7, 2017: New photos
UP - Maynes Creek Tributary Bridge (Franklin County, Iowa)
Deck Girder Bridge over Tributary of Maynes Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 7, 2017: New photos
UP - Beaver Creek Tributary Bridge (Franklin County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Tributary of Beaver Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 7, 2017: Added
UP - South Fork Iowa River Bridge (Hardin County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over South Fork Iowa River on Union Pacific Railroad
October 7, 2017: New photos
Iowa River Rail Trail - Steamboat Rock Bridge (Hardin County, Iowa)
Deck Girder bridge over Iowa River on Iowa River Rail Trail
October 7, 2017: New photos
CNW - Mosquito Creek Arch (Grundy County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Mosquito Creek on Abandoned Chicago & North Western Railway
October 7, 2017: Added
IANR - Cedar River Bridge (Black Hawk County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Cedar River on Iowa Northern Railway
October 7, 2017: New photos
CN - Cedar River Bridge (Black Hawk County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over Cedar River on Canadian National Railway in Cedar Falls
October 7, 2017: New photos
CN - Lone Pine Road Overpass (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Lone Pine Road on Railroad (CN)
October 7, 2017: New photos
Bergfeld Pond Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over Bergfeld Pond at Bergfeld Park on Pedestrian path
October 7, 2017: New photos
Heritage Trail - Truss Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge on Heritage Trail
October 7, 2017: New photos
Heritage Trail - Little Maquoketa River Bridge #3 (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Little Maquoketa River on Heritage Trail
October 7, 2017: New photos
Heritage Trail - Little Maquoketa River Bridge #2 (Durango) (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Little Maquoketa River on Heritage Trail
October 7, 2017: New photos
Heritage Trail - Little Maquoketa River Bridge #4 (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Little Maquoketa River on Heritage Trail
October 7, 2017: New photos
CN - Old US-20 Bridge #4 (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Old Highway Road (former US-20) on Candian National Railway
October 7, 2017: New photos
CN - 3rd Avenue Overpass (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Rigid frame bridge over 3rd Avenue NW on CN Railroad
October 7, 2017: New photos
CN - Old US-20 Bridge #3 (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Old Highway Road on Canadian National Railway
October 7, 2017: New photos
CN - Maquoketa River Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over North Fork Maquoketa River on Railroad
October 7, 2017: New photos
CN - Old US-20 Bridge #2 (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Old Highway Road (Former US-20) on Candian National Railway
October 7, 2017: New photos
CN - Old US-20 Bridge (Delaware County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over 210th Street (Old US-20) on Candian National Railway
October 7, 2017: New photos
CN - Spring Branch Bridge (Delaware County, Iowa)
Bridge over Spring Branch on Canadian National Railway
October 7, 2017: New photos
CN - Maquoketa River Bridge (Delaware County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Maquoketa River on Candian National Railway
October 7, 2017: New photos
CN - Wapsipinicon River Bridge (Buchanan County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Waspinicon River on Candian National Railtional Railway
October 7, 2017: New photos
UP - Radcliffe Rail Crossing (Hardin County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Abandoned Chicago & North Western Railway on Union Pacific Railroad
October 7, 2017: New photos
UP - IA175 Overpass (Hardin County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over IA 175 on Union Pacific Railroad
October 7, 2017: New photos
JewEllsworth Trail - South Skunk River Bridge (Hamilton County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over South Skunk River on JewEllsworth Trail
October 7, 2017: New photos
UP - Mud Creek Stone Arch (Hamilton County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Mud Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 7, 2017: New photos
Arsenal Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Mississippi River on 2 lanes of traffic and 2 rail lines in Davenport
October 7, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Rock Island Arsenal Overpass (Rock Island County, Illinois)
Pony through girder over Beck Avenue on Iowa Interstate Railroad
October 7, 2017: New photos
CN - Spring Branch Bridge (Delaware County, Iowa)
Bridge over Spring Branch on Canadian National Railway
September 28, 2017: Added
IAIS - 3rd Street Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Subdivided Warren Through truss bridge over 3rd Street on Iowa Interstate Railroad tracks
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - 4th Street Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Subdivided Warren Through truss bridge on Iowa Interstate Railroad over 4th Street
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Perry Street Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Through Plate girder bridge over Perry Street on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Alleyway Overpass #1 (Scott County, Iowa)
Steel Stringer Bridge over Alleyway on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Brady Street "Truck Eating" Bridge (Scott County, Iowa)
Through Plate girder bridge over Brady Street on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Main Street Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Main Street on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Harrison Street Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Harrison Street on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Ripley Street Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Through Plate Girder bridge over Ripley Street on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - North Division Street Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over North Division Street on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Telegraph Road Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Deck Girder bridge over Telegraph Road on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Wisconsin Avenue Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Wisconsin Avenue on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Filmore Street Overpass (Scott County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Filmore Street on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Howell Street Pedestrian Tunnel (Scott County, Iowa)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Howell Street Pedestrian Sidewalk on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Capitol Street Overpass (Johnson County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Capitol Street on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Iowa River Bridge (Johnson County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Iowa River on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Clear Creek Bridge (Johnson County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Clear Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
September 27, 2017: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted October 9, 2017

Clark,

I agree that it would be nice to have a section for track charts like that. While the IC ones are the nicest and provide build dates; I have quite a collection of midwest railroad charts which other users would likely find helpful.

Asia Bridge (Florida)
Posted September 16, 2017

Looks like this could have been an older road use bridge, relocated here in 1999?

Posted September 16, 2017

Judging by the aerial imagery, that extra set of piers under the bridge has probably been there for a while. It appears to have been there in 2014 and even as far back as 2012. Not sure why those extra piers would be built, except for additional support. Weird.

Posted September 11, 2017

I suspect this bridge was made of recycled parts, especially when considering the numerous different builders.

Posted September 3, 2017

Clark,

I believe I added the date from a newspapers.com article mentioning the construction of a new bridge over the Neosho on the Emporia-Topeka line. Railroad bridge dates can be a pain to track down. It's a lot of basing it off of identical structures and when the railroads reconstructed the line.

Posted August 30, 2017

I parked at the main highway to the north to get back here. Hope that helps!

Posted August 24, 2017

Did a little abstract thinking about this bridge. Looking at the piers, it appears the current unused span (westbound) was built during the Ca. 1904 date, and the other span added in 1923 during the double tracking.

Because the trusses are standardized and were primarily built between 1901 and 1905 for the Rock Island, I suspect the second truss came from another close location over Mill Creek (or even possibly nearby Dog Creek) when that bridge was double tracked at the same time.

Thoughts?

Posted August 12, 2017

This bridge is scheduled to become a part of the Western Sky Trail, a short 18-mile long Rail-Trail between Fredonia and Chanute. The trail is still in the planning phase.

Posted August 12, 2017

This bridge, and the line from Fredonia to Augusta is scheduled to become part of the "Iron Horse Trail", which is in the planning phase.

Posted July 21, 2017

Nathan,

You'll find that is an unpopular opinion on this website. A vast majority of contributors and members of this site advocate for preservation of these historic structures.

Posted July 20, 2017

This bridge appears to have been relocated to this location

Posted July 17, 2017

Field visited this bridge this weekend. The two main truss spans have a Detroit bridge Company plaque from 1897 and covered up 1898 portal cutouts. It appears this span was relocated from Clinton, Iowa

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/clinton/bh55028/

Posted July 17, 2017

Field visited this bridge this weekend. Bridge is indeed older than the 1889 construction of this line, and matches an 1879 structure at Carpentersville, IL:

http://bridgehunter.com/il/kane/bh48253/

Upon further research, these 127' trusses were likely originally constructed over the Baraboo River in Wisconsin and moved here in 1896

Posted July 12, 2017

Pieces of this structure were reportedly built in 1885 at Winona, Minnesota as part of a long bridge. They were relocated here sometime around the turn of the 20th century. There are several other bridges like this on the line.

Posted June 26, 2017

Awesome find Clark!!!