John Marvig

About Me 

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

I am a 21 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 

CN - Browns Mill Road Overpass (Stephenson County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over S Browns Mill Road on Canadian National Railway
June 21, 2019: New photos
CN - Rock City Road Overpass (Stephenson County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Rock City Rd on Canadian National Railway 6 Mi W of Seward
June 21, 2019: New photos
R&I - Coolidge Creek Culvert (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Abandoned concrete culvert bridge over Coolidge Creek on Rockford & Interurban
June 21, 2019: New photos
Pecatonica Prairie Trail - Coolidge Creek Arch (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Coolidge Creek on Pecatonica Prairie Trail
June 21, 2019: New photos
UP - Rockford Rail Crossing (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Future Park (Nee CB&Q) on Railroad (UP)
June 21, 2019: New photos
UP - Rock River Bridge (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Warren deck truss bridge over Rock River on Union Pacific Railroad in Rockford
June 21, 2019: New photos
UP - Main Street Overpass (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Main St (IL2) on Union Pacific Railroad
June 21, 2019: New photos
Rockford Rail-Trail Bridge (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Rock River on former Illinois Railway
June 21, 2019: New photos
UP - Keith Creek Bridge (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Keith Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
June 21, 2019: New photos
UP - 9th Street Overpass (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over 9th Street on UPRR (Former C&NW)
June 21, 2019: New photos
UP - Broadway Street Overpass (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Broadway on Union Pacific Railroad
June 21, 2019: New photos
UP - 20th Street Overpass (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Girder bridge over 20th Street on UPRR (Former C&NW)
June 21, 2019: New photos
UP - Keith Creek Bridge (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Keith Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
June 21, 2019: Added
CNW Spur - Belvidere Bridge (Boone County, Illinois)
Double-intersection Warren deck truss bridge over Kishwaukee RIver on abandoned UPRR Spur
June 21, 2019: New photos
UP - Cherry Valley Bridge (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder Bridge over Kishwaukee River on Union Pacific Railroad
June 21, 2019: New photos
CN - Kishwaukee River Bridge (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Kishwaukee River on Canadian National Railway
June 21, 2019: New photos
UP - Cherry Valley Bridge (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder Bridge over Kishwaukee River on Union Pacific Railroad
June 21, 2019: Added
DM&E Stillman Creek Bridge (Ogle County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Stillman Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
June 21, 2019: New photos
DM&E - Leaf River Bridge (Ogle County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Leaf River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
June 21, 2019: New photos
DM&E Bridge #Z-366 (Ogle County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Drainage on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
June 21, 2019: New photos
DM&E - Old Freeport Road Bridge (Ogle County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Former Illinois Highway 26 on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
June 21, 2019: New photos
DM&E Bridge #Z-366 (Ogle County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Drainage on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
June 21, 2019: Added
DM&E - Straddle Creek Bridge (Carroll County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Straddle Creek on Railroad
June 21, 2019: New photos
DM&E Carroll Creek Bridge (Carroll County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder Bridge over Carroll Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
June 21, 2019: New photos
Big Cut Road Bridge (Carroll County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over BNSF Railroad on Big Cut Road, 3 mi. southwest of Mt Carroll
June 21, 2019: New photos
DM&E - IL78 Bridge (Carroll County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Ill 78 on DM&E (former CPRR/Milwaukee Road)
June 21, 2019: New photos
DM&E - Preston Road Bridge (Carroll County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Preston Road on DM&E (former CPRR/Milwaukee Road)
June 21, 2019: New photos
BNSF - Ashby Road Bridge (Carroll County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Ashby Rd on BNSF (former CB&Q) Rwy
June 21, 2019: New photos
DM&E - Ashby Road Bridge (Carroll County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Ashby Road on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
June 21, 2019: New photos
NKCR - Sappa Creek Bridge (Harlan County, Nebraska)
Pratt through truss bridge over Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado Railroad on Sappa Creek
June 14, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Abandoned
8th Street Bridge (Sangamon County, Illinois)
Beam bridge over Spring Creek on 8th Street
May 31, 2019: Added
Camp Lincoln Road Bridge (Sangamon County, Illinois)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Spring Creek on Camp Lincoln Road
May 31, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Updated name/information via Tim
Pecatonica Prairie Trail - Coolidge Creek Arch (Winnebago County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Coolidge Creek on Pecatonica Prairie Trail
May 27, 2019: Added
BNSF - Tongue River Bridge (S) (Custer County, Montana)
Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Tongue River on BNSF Railroad
May 19, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added build date
DM&E - Old Freeport Road Bridge (Ogle County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Former Illinois Highway 26 on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
May 18, 2019: Added
M&STL - Pope Creek Bridge (Mercer County, Illinois)
Abandoned Modified Warren through truss bridge over Pope Creek on Abandoned C&NW Railroad
May 17, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records
M&StL - Skunk River Bridge (Jefferson County, Iowa)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Skunk River on Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway
May 17, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records
UP - Miller Creek Bridge #4 (Monroe County, Iowa)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Miller Creek on former UP RR
May 17, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records
UP - Miller Creek Bridge #3 (Monroe County, Iowa)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Miller Creek on former UP RR
May 17, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records
UP - Miller Creek Bridge #1 (Monroe County, Iowa)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Miller Creek on former UP RR
May 17, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
UP - Muchakinock Creek Bridge #2 (Mahaska County, Iowa)
Warren through truss bridge over Machakinock Creek on Railroad (UP)
May 17, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records
UP - Oskaloosa Rail Crossing (W) (Mahaska County, Iowa)
Through Girder Bridge over Mahaska Community Recreation Trail on Union Pacific Railroad
May 17, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records
UP - 135th Street Overpass (Mahaska County, Iowa)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over 135th Street on Union Pacific Railroad
May 17, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records
UP - North Skunk River Bridge (Poweshiek County, Iowa)
Warren Through Truss Bridge over North Skunk River on Union Pacific Railroad
May 17, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records
Abandoned CNW - State Street Overpass (Cerro Gordo County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over E. State Street on Abandoned C&NW Railroad
May 16, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Corrected NBI build date with information from ICC summary
Abandoned C&NW - Elm Drive Overpass (Cerro Gordo County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Elm Drive on Abandoned C&NW Railroad
May 16, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Corrected NBI build date with information from ICC summary
Abandoned C&NW - Winnebago River Bridge (Cerro Gordo County, Iowa)
Abandoned warren deck truss bridge over Winnebago River on Abandoned Chicago & Northwestern Railway
May 16, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records
UP - Muchakinock Creek Bridge (Mahaska County, Iowa)
Warren through truss bridge over Machakinock Creek on Railroad (UP)
May 16, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records
IARR - Iowa River Bridge (Albion) (Marshall County, Iowa)
Warren through truss bridge over Iowa River on Iowa River Rail Trail (Planned)
May 16, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records
IARR - Iowa River Bridge (Union) (Hardin County, Iowa)
Warren Through truss bridge over Iowa River on Iowa River Rail Trail (Planned)
May 16, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added build date from ICC records

Recent Comments 

Posted June 8, 2019

Looking closer at this bridge, it appears that the lift span was constructed out of the original 1898 span. This seems to be an unusual modification for this time period.

Posted May 21, 2019

Found a railroad document for this bridge, which gives a build date of 1887, but does mention reconstruction. On a side note, the span appears to actually be continuous, with only one vertical member at the center and no gap in the bridge.

Posted May 19, 2019

A private research library in Chicago houses the CB&Q bridge records from approximately 1918. Finding information on this bridge is a priority for myself. I suspect this bridge is newer than 1892, judging by the unique design. The upper connections are riveted, while the lower connections are pinned. I've only ever seen a handful of bridges which are of hybrid design like this. I would estimate this bridge to have been constructed between 1900 and 1910. The missing approach plaque also appears to be a King Bridge plaque.

Posted May 19, 2019

Tim,

Are those publications digitized? What issue was it in?

Thanks,

John

Posted May 19, 2019

Love this! Tim, how did you get back to this bridge?

Posted May 12, 2019

Talked to some local residents via the Forgotten Iowa Facebook group. They confirmed that the bridge was indeed a former railroad bridge. The location mentioned by people involved in relocating the bridge was near MercyOne across Willow Creek. The linked location (eastern bridge) is the only railroad bridge that matches the description of a 50' through girder. The middle span at that location was a two span deck girder, and the western bridge was a wooden trestle. Next step will be to track down the original fabrication date of this bridge.

Posted May 11, 2019

Found in a 1970 track chart:

Bridge #I-812

3-15' C. Br

Steel Br Deck 100'x28'

2-16' Sp C. Br

Doesn't specify one span, could've been 2-50' spans or a similar configuration?

Posted May 8, 2019

Glad to see this one still exists and has been preserved.

Posted May 8, 2019

Unfortunate that this one is gone. It appears the trusses date to the mid to late 1880s.

Posted May 8, 2019

Daniel,

Not going to disagree that the truss probably was originally fabricated about 1880. However, it seems the 1882 date comes from the original construction of the line. I would expect the original bridge on this route to have been a wooden bridge. I can't tell if the substructures of this structure are concrete or stone, and I can't tell if the floor has been reconstructed. However, based on the California bridges, it seems probable that these spans were sent here from another location, possibly in the 20th century.

Poking around a bit, I measured these spans to be 80 feet (approximately) from Google Earth. I also found this document, which lists a pair of 80 foot spans on the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio (the same company that built those California trusses) at the Chacin and Franco Rivers (page 13). These appear to be the only similar sized trusses listed in the records for that railroad, although I am not sure if the record is complete.

http://www.memory.loc.gov/service/gdc/scd0001/2010/201003170...

My next steps will be to contact the Hagley Library (https://www.hagley.org/research) which houses the Phoenix Bridge Co records. Ca. 1918 bridge records for the NM&A are located at the National Archives, as are records for the GH&SA. Hopefully these three sources can shed some light on this bridge.

Posted May 3, 2019

It looks like the approach spans of this bridge are still historic, despite the lift span not being historic.

Posted May 2, 2019

This bridge was still listed as being in service in a 1968 CB&Q track chart. It consisted of:

40 spans pile bridge

2-132', 1-150', 1-110', 2-105' Through Truss

1-65' Through Girder

Posted April 21, 2019

Unfortunately, this bridge was closed in 2018. The approaches are in poor condition, and the listed as not eligible for the National Register. I'm curious about the truss though, clearly was built of railroad parts. I wonder if this historic pony truss could be a good candidate for a small bridge.

Posted April 15, 2019

Northern Pacific bridge records give a build date of 1907. However, it appears this bridge may date to Ca. 1890.

Posted April 13, 2019

To me, this looks like steel stringer spans with added bracing to give a truss like component, similar to this:

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-louis/belgrove-rr/

Would have to see closer photos to be sure though.