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 

Voyageur Trail/Blue Ox Trail - Big Fork River Bridge (Koochiching County, Minnesota)
Pratt through truss bridge over Big Fork River on Voyageur Trail/Blue Ox Trail
June 21, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build/relocation Date from NP Bridge Book
UP - Iowa Falls Rail Crossing (Hardin County, Iowa)
Pony plate girder bridge over Union Pacific Railroad on Union Pacific Railroad in Iowa Falls
June 17, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge has Been Replaced
MILW - Rock River Bridge (Old) (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Lost Truss bridge over Rock River on Former Chicago, Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific Railway
June 6, 2018: Added
Hudson Interstate Bridge (Washington County, Minnesota)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over St. Croix River and railroad on I-94/ US Hwy. 12
June 5, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added St. Croix County to locations
UP - Gunnison River Bridge (Delta County, Colorado)
Through truss bridge over Gunnison River on Union Pacific Railroad
June 4, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge has Been Replaced
Heartland Trail - Steamboat Lake Swing Bridge (Cass County, Minnesota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Steamboat Lake on Trail
May 30, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build Date from GN AFE Records
Drew Bridge (Lafayette County, Florida)
Through Truss Swing Bridge over Suwannee River on Abandoned Suwannee & San Pedro Railroad
May 23, 2018: New photos
Willow Creek Driveway Bridge (Cerro Gordo County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Willow Creek on Private Driveway
May 23, 2018: Added
DM&E - Maquoketa River Bridge (Jackson County, Iowa)
Through Plate Girder Bridge over Maquoketa River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
May 23, 2018: New photos
DM&E - Yeager Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Yeager Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
May 23, 2018: Added
DM&E - Duck Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Iowa)
Deck Girder bridge over Duck Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
May 23, 2018: New photos
DM&E - Sabula Bridge (Jackson County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Mississippi River on IC&E RR (formerly Milwaukee Road)
May 23, 2018: New photos
DM&E - South Avenue Overpass (Jackson County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over South Avenue on DM&E RR
May 23, 2018: New photos
DM&E - Tete des Morts Creek Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Pratt Pony truss bridge over Tete des Morts Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
May 23, 2018: New photos
CN - Star Brewery Drive Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
I-Beam Bridge over Star Brewery Drive on CNRR (former Illinois Central)
May 23, 2018: New photos
C&NW - Blue Earth River Bridge (Old Line) (Blue Earth County, Minnesota)
Lost Double-intersection Warren deck truss bridge over Blue Earth River on Chicago & North Western Railway
May 23, 2018: Added
C&NW - Blue Earth River Bridge (Old) (Blue Earth County, Minnesota)
Lost Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Blue Earth River on Chicago & North Western Railway
May 23, 2018: Added
CN - Dubuque Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Mississippi River crossing on BNSF Railway, Canadian National Railway in Dubuque
May 21, 2018: New photos
CN - East Dubuque Rail Tunnel (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Tunnel under hill with the north portal serving as the lead to east approach to the Dubuque Rail Bridge on CN (former IC) Railway
May 21, 2018: New photos
CN - East Fork Galena River Bridge #9 (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over E Fork Galena River on CNRR (former ICRR) just S of Buckhill Rd grade crossing
May 21, 2018: New photos
CN - East Fork Galena River Bridge #8 (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over E. Fork Galena River on CN (former ICRR) about 800' NE of Buckhill Rd grade crossing.
May 21, 2018: New photos
CN - East Fork Galena River Bridge #4 (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Deck Plate Girder bridge over East Fork Galena River on Canadian National near Council Hills Station
May 21, 2018: New photos
CN - East Fork Galena River Bridge #5 (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Deck Plate Girder Bridge over Kelly Road and E. Fork Galena River on CN (Former IC)
May 21, 2018: New photos
CN - Bridge #142.9 (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Clear Creek on Canadian National Railway
May 21, 2018: New photos
CN - Bridge #142.9 (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Clear Creek on Canadian National Railway
May 20, 2018: Added
UP Unnamed Creek Arch (Boone County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Unnamed Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
May 15, 2018: Added
CN - Culvert Road Overpass (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Stone Arch Bridge over Culvert Road and E. Fork Galena River on Canadian National Railway
May 6, 2018: New photos
CN - Carr Road Overpass (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Stone arch Bridge over Carr Road on Canadian National Railway
May 6, 2018: New photos
CN - IL 78 Overpass (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over IL Rte 78 on CNRR (former Illinois Central RR)
May 5, 2018: New photos
CN - IL 78 Overpass (Old) (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Abandoned IL78 Alignment on Canadian National Railway
May 5, 2018: New photos
Old Girot Hill Road Bridge (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Abandoned pratt pony truss bridge over Irish Hollow Creek on Old Girot Hill Road
May 5, 2018: New photos
CGW - Old Girot Hill Road Overpass (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Old Girot Hill Road on Abandoned Chicago & North Western Railway
May 5, 2018: New photos
CN - Galena River Bridge (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Galena River on Canadian National in Galena
May 5, 2018: New photos
CN - Bridge #180.3 (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Unnamed Creek on Canadian National Railway/BNSF Railway
May 2, 2018: Added
CN - Bridge #180.0 (Jo Daviess County, Illinois)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Tributary of Crooked Slough on Canadian National Railway/BNSF Railway
May 2, 2018: Added
CN - Julien Dubuque Drive Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Julien Dubuque Drive on Canadian National Railway
May 2, 2018: Added
CN - Bridge #185.72 (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Catfish Creek on Canadian National Railway
May 2, 2018: Added
Heritage Trail - Little Maquoketa River Bridge #6 (Durango) (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Little Maquoketa River on Heritage Trail
May 2, 2018: New photos
Heritage Trail - Little Maquoketa River Bridge #7 (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Little Maquoketa River on Dubuque Heritage Trail
May 2, 2018: New photos
CN - Chesterman Road Tunnel (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over S. Fork Catfish Creek and Former Chesterman Road on Canadian National Railway
May 2, 2018: Added
CN - Catfish Creek Bridge (Dubuque County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Catfish Creek on Canadian National Railroad
May 2, 2018: New photos
DM&E - Bridge #K-56 (Jackson County, Iowa)
Slab bridge over Unnamed Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
May 2, 2018: New photo
IAIS - Bridge #336.4 (Jasper County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Cattle Pass on Iowa Interstate Railroad
May 1, 2018: Added
IAIS - Squaw Creek Bridge (Jasper County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Squaw Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
May 1, 2018: New photos
Chichaqua Valley Trail - Indian Creek Bridge (Jasper County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Indian Creek on Chichaqua Valley Trail
May 1, 2018: New photos
Chichaqua Valley Trail - Clear Creek Bridge (Jasper County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Clear Creek on Chichaqua Valley Trail
May 1, 2018: Added
UP - Jordan Avenue Overpass (Greene County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Jordan Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
May 1, 2018: New photos
UP - North Raccoon River Bridge (Greene County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over North Raccoon River on Union Pacific Railroad
May 1, 2018: New photos
Linn Creek Trail Bridge (Marshall County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Linn Creek on City Trail
May 1, 2018: Added
UP - North Timber Creek Arch Bridge (Marshall County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over North Timber Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
May 1, 2018: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted June 22, 2018

Looking at previous links to pictures, it appears that this possibly is an old railroad bridge. The previous flikr shot from below the Pratt span shows a stringer configuration typical of railroad bridges.

Posted June 22, 2018

From https://archives.cohs.org/

"BRIDGE #5469L, OVER LITTLE FORK OF THE LITTLE SANDY RIVER; LEXINGTON SUBDIVISION, NEAR HITCHINS KY.; 153'10 1/2 SINGLE SPAN, THRU TRUSS, WITH SINGLE TRACK BUILT 1906. (PHOTO 1924)"

This seems to give a much more reasonable build date of 1906. I would assume all three identical bridges date to this same year.

Posted June 22, 2018

Regardless of builder, these were unique spans. This bridge reused two spans,and there were two spans in Linn County Iowa that were replaced in the 20s. This leaves one or two 1868 spans unaccounted for. With some of the 1870s spans ending up in Mississippi, the unaccounted spans could have ended up virtually anywhere in the central US. However, I doubt they still exist.

Posted June 22, 2018

I failed to mention this. The 1872 spans added to the Dubuque bridge were keystone spans. I agree that the spans arenít Keystone. More research is required to find who indeed built the 1860s spans.

Posted June 22, 2018

Known as the Shopton Overpass, this bridge was built in 1930 using recycled railroad pieces (according to ATSF bridge records), however no original erection date or location were provided. I have acquired complete 1916 steel bridge records for the ATSF system, so I should be able to find the original location and date of at least the truss span.

Posted June 22, 2018

Art,

The bridge was built using spans relocated from Dubuque, Iowa. They were originally fabricated 1868.

Sapry County
Posted June 21, 2018

I suspect that the 1935 date is the default date in the Nebraska NBI. Seems to be assigned a lot of structures that aren't 1935.

Posted June 21, 2018

I also donít think that they are 1870s vintage. I suspect they date to the first decade of the 20th century.

Posted June 21, 2018

This quite possibly is an early 1880s railroad pony truss, converted to road use

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Posted June 15, 2018

Richard,

I apologize. Upon my first visit several years back it looked like the stonework dated to the early 1880s, and I believe I got 1882 from the construction of the second rail line at this location. However, after closer inspection it appears that the bridge is similar in design to structures constructed later between 1895-1900. Iíve changed the date to Ca. 1900 for the meantime, but I believe there may be blueprints for the structure at the Chicago & North Western Historical Society. I apologize about the mixup.

Posted June 13, 2018

Whoops, didnít even see that. The google street view must be old, as I thought the piles looked like concrete.

Posted June 13, 2018

Iíve always heard it called concrete pile piers, so I would assume that would be the correct name, although Iím not absolutely sure.