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 

Southwind Rail Trail - Elm Creek Bridge (Allen County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Elm Creek on Southwind Rail Trail
May 22, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
BNSF - Bridge #35.45 (Steele County, North Dakota)
Slab bridge over Unnamed Creek on BNSF Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Sheyenne River Bridge (Griggs County, North Dakota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sheyenne River on Railroad
May 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Hi-Line Bridge (Barnes County, North Dakota)
Steel trestle over Sheyenne River on BNSF Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
CP - Old US-10 Bridge (Barnes County, North Dakota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Old US-10 and Former Northern Pacific Railroad on Canadian Pacific Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
CP - 118th Avenue Bridge (Barnes County, North Dakota)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over 118th Avenue on Canadian Pacific Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
RRVW - 19th Avenue Bridge (Stutsman County, North Dakota)
Steel stringer bridge over 19th Avenue on Red River Valley & Western Railroad
May 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - 4th Avenue Bridge (Stutsman County, North Dakota)
Slab bridge over 4th Avenue on BNSF Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - 9th Street Bridge (Burleigh County, North Dakota)
Steel stringer bridge over 9th Street (ND-1804) on BNSF Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - 7th Street Bridge (Burleigh County, North Dakota)
Steel stringer bridge over 7th Street (ND-1804) on BNSF Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Heart River Bridge (W) (Morton County, North Dakota)
Through truss bridge over Heart River on BNSF Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Heart River Bridge (E) (Morton County, North Dakota)
Through truss bridge over Heart River on BNSF Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
Fort Lincoln Trolley - Old Channel Bridge (Morton County, North Dakota)
Pratt through truss bridge over Former channel on Fort Lincoln Trolley
May 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Missouri River High Bridge (Burleigh County, North Dakota)
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Missouri River on BNSF Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
Fort Lincoln Trolley - Heart River Bridge (Morton County, North Dakota)
Pratt Through truss bridge over Heart River on Fort Lincoln Trolley
May 20, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Big Bear Creek Bridge (Iowa County, Iowa)
Quadrangular Through Truss over Big Bear Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
May 20, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Marble Creek Bridge (Iowa County, Iowa)
Through Plate Girder Bridge over Marble Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
May 20, 2017: New photos
CNW - Rock Creek Tributary Bridge (Poweshiek County, Iowa)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Tributary of Rock Creek on AbandonedChicago & North Western Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Turner Creek Tributary Bridge (Jasper County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Turner Creek Tributary on Iowa Interstate Railroad
May 20, 2017: New photos
IAIS - North Skunk River Bridge (Jasper County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over North Skunk River on Iowa Interstate Railroad
May 20, 2017: New photos
IAIS - 32nd Avenue Overpass (Jasper County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over 32nd Avenue on Iowa Interstate Railroad
May 20, 2017: New photos
IAIS - South Skunk River Bridge (Jasper County, Iowa)
Warren Through Truss Bridge over South Skunk River on Iowa Interstate Railroad
May 20, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Severs Creek bridge (Jasper County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Severs Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
May 20, 2017: New photos
UP - Shell Rock River Bridge (Freeborn County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Shell Rock River on Union Pacific Railroad
May 20, 2017: New photos
MSWY - Rock River Bridge (Rock County, Minnesota)
Plate girder bridge over Rock River on Minnesota Southern Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Vermillion River Bridge (Clay County, South Dakota)
Through Girder Bridge over Vermillion River on BNSF Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
DAIR - Big Sioux River Bridge (Union County, South Dakota)
Pratt through truss bridge over Big Sioux River on Dakota & Iowa Railroad
May 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - SD-105 (N) (Union County, South Dakota)
Steel stringer bridge over SD-105 on BNSF Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - SD-105 (S) (Union County, South Dakota)
Steel stringer bridge over SD-105 on BNSF Railway
May 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Big Sioux River Bridge (Woodbury County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Big Sioux River on BNSF Railway
May 19, 2017: New photos
UP - McCandless Cleghorn Ditch Bridge (Monona County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over McCandless Cleghorn Ditch on Union Pacific Railroad
May 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Little Sioux River Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Lattice through truss bridge over Little Sioux River on Union Pacific Railroad
May 19, 2017: New photos
BNSF - SD-105 (S) (Union County, South Dakota)
Steel stringer bridge over SD-105 on BNSF Railway
May 19, 2017: Added
BNSF - SD-105 (N) (Union County, South Dakota)
Steel stringer bridge over SD-105 on BNSF Railway
May 19, 2017: Added
UP - Elkhorn River Bridge (Arlington) (Washington County, Nebraska)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Elkhorn River on Union Pacific Railroad
May 19, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Maple Creek Bridge (Dodge County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Maple Creek on BNSF Railway
May 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Maple Creek Bridge (Dodge County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Maple Creek on Abandoned Union Pacific Railroad
May 19, 2017: New photos
IC - East Omaha Swing Bridge (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Through truss swing bridge over Missouri River on Canadian National Railway
May 19, 2017: New photos
Broadway Line - Indian Creek Bridge (Pottawattamie County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Indian Creek on Local Trail
May 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Indian Creek Bridge EB (11th Street) (Pottawattamie County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Indian Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
May 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Ogden Stone Arch Bridge (Boone County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over East Branch Beaver Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
May 19, 2017: New photos
Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail - Silver Creek Stone Arch Bridge (Shelby County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Silver Creek on Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail
May 19, 2017: New photos
UP - West Beaver Creek Bridge (Greene County, Iowa)
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over West Beaver Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
May 19, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge has Been Replaced
UP - West Beaver Creek Bridge (Greene County, Iowa)
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over West Beaver Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
May 19, 2017: New photos
RRVT - Neola Avenue Overpass (Greene County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Neola Avenue on Raccoon River Valley Trail
May 19, 2017: New photos
RRVT - Raccoon River Bridge (Near Jefferson) (Greene County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over Raccoon River on Raccoon River Valley Trail
May 19, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Raccoon River Tributary Bridge (Dallas County, Iowa)
Bridge over unnamed tributary of Raccoon River on Iowa Interstate Railroad
May 19, 2017: New photos
RRVT - Adel Bridge (Dallas County, Iowa)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Raccoon River on Racoon River Valley Trail
May 19, 2017: New photos
RRVT - Raccoon River Bridge (Perry) (Dallas County, Iowa)
Warren pony truss bridge over Raccoon River on Raccoon River Valley Trail
May 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Little Beaver Creek Bridge (Greene County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Little Beaver Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
May 19, 2017: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted May 22, 2017

Looking for bridges with identical spans that may have been relocated here in 1951, and I came across this:

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/washington/bh55841/

Thoughts?

Posted May 18, 2017

Dana,

By clicking the "whats here" button in the map, it shows this is Norfolk Southern. Our webmaster was quite kind to install this feature for us!

Best,

John

Posted May 15, 2017

This bridge is a mishmash of information. The photo actually correlates to the current bridge at this location, which was rebuilt after the flood and still exists. However; the first crossing east of here was removed in 1960 and moved to a current location in southern Mandan.

Posted May 10, 2017

http://research.nprha.org/Tacoma%20Division%20Bridge%20Book/...

Also worth noting, the Northern Pacific bridge book lists this structure as having been built in 1960. Undoubtedly a relocated bridge.

Posted May 10, 2017

https://talk.newagtalk.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=600800...

Looks like one of the spans may have been salvageable?

Posted May 2, 2017

Thoughts on one of the left spans being moved to this location?

https://bridgehunter.com/ia/clinton/lost-nation-railroad/

Posted May 2, 2017

Thoughts on the possibility that the below bridge donated a span to this crossing?

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

Posted April 27, 2017

Dave,

Thanks for posting this bridge. I found a likely location where one of the spans was relocated to:

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/worth/21067/

Posted April 27, 2017

I found a possible former location for this bridge. It appears that it could have been moved from here:

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/wapello/bh76800/

This rail line was constructed in 1899, and the bridge is an exact match in terms of dimensions. In addition, the article on the Iowa page makes note of the spans being relocated to other locations.

Thoughts?

Posted April 21, 2017

If it did replace an 1850s structure, it would have been built in the 1880s in Michigan. This is the original structure here. Nathan or anyone in that region, do you know if there are archives for the Michigan Central Railroad?

Posted April 21, 2017

James,

Looking through the photos; I can only make them out on laced members. I did not pay attention to the Carnegie marks when I visited, as I assumed it was a cut and dry date situation.

The sway bracing and portal bracings do not look like they belong on this bridge. In addition, I see a special type of connection (what I've always referred to as a U-Bar) on the underside of this bridge. These type of connections are most common on the 1870s and 1880s trusses that I've seen.

http://bridgehunter.com/photos/36/22/362239-L.jpg

I would think if this bridge date to the 1850s, it has been extensively rebuilt and not much remains of the original structure, specifically the main frame components.

Posted April 21, 2017

This bridge appears to be far too light for a 1907 railway bridge. In addition, it matches this structure:

http://bridgehunter.com/wi/ozaukee/grafton-interurban/

Which was reportedly built in 1850 by the Michigan Central Railway. Input?

Posted April 20, 2017

Not seeing this bridge as lost...last I looked it was still standing in 2016 imagery.

Posted April 20, 2017

Robert,

What I'm reading out of the article isn't deterioration. They just want to place a modern bridge there instead. Such shameless wastefulness.

Posted April 20, 2017

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/public-input-sought-for...

Seems extremely wasteful and stupid to me...