John Marvig

About Me 

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

I am a student currently 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 

Interurban Trail - Unnamed Creek Bridge (Clay County, Missouri)
Luten arch bridge over Unnamed drainage ditch on Local Trail
February 25, 2021: Added
NS - Tributary of Cobleskill Creek Bridge (Schoharie County, New York)
Warren through truss bridge over Tributary of Cobleskill Creek on Norfolk Southern Railway
February 24, 2021: Added
RI - Culvert #275.2 (Jackson County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Tributary of Cedar Creek on Rock Island Trail
February 24, 2021: Added
Rock Island Trail - Cedar Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Cedar Creek on Rock Island Trail
February 24, 2021: Added
Rock Island Trail - Hornsby Branch Bridge (Johnson County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Hornsby Branch on Rock Island Trail
February 23, 2021: Added
Rock Island Trail - Lost Creek Brig (Johnson County, Missouri)
Deck plate girder bridge over Lost Creek on Rock Island Trail
February 23, 2021: Added
Rock Island Trail - Coon Creek Bridge (Johnson County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Coon Creek on Rock Island Trail
February 23, 2021: Added
RI - Culvert #2070 (Johnson County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Tributary of Bear Creek on Rock Island Trail
February 23, 2021: Added
Rock Island Trail - White Oak Creek Bridge (Johnson County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over White Oak Creek on Rock Island Trail
February 23, 2021: Added
RI - Culvert #2008 (Johnson County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Tributary of Norris Creek on Rock Island Trail
February 23, 2021: Added
RI - Culvert #1053 (Johnson County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Tributary of Middle Fork Tebo Creek on Rock Island Trail
February 23, 2021: Added
Rock Island Trail - Middle Fork Tebo Creek Bridge (Johnson County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Middle Fork Tebo Creek on Rock Island Trail
February 23, 2021: Added
RI - Culvert #1044 (Johnson County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Tributary of Middle Fork Tebo Creek on Rock Island Trail
February 23, 2021: Added
Rock Island Trail - E. Fork Tebo Creek Bridge (Henry County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over E. Fork Tebo Creek on Rock Island Trail
February 23, 2021: Added
RI - Culvert #1022 (Henry County, Missouri)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Tributary of East Fork Tebo Creek on Rock Island Trail
February 23, 2021: Added
RI - 47th Street Overpass (Jackson County, Missouri)
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over E. 47th Street on Inactive Rock Island RR
February 23, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added builders
RI - 75th Street Overpass (Jackson County, Missouri)
Slab bridge over 75th Street on Inactive Rock Island Railroad
February 23, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added engineer
RI - Vale Tunnel (Jackson County, Missouri)
Tunnel on the Rock Island Trail under a hill and Bannister Road between Raytown and Lees Summit in Kansas City
February 23, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added engineer
RI - Little Blue River Bridge (Jackson County, Missouri)
Deck plate girder bridge over Little Blue River on former Rock Island Trail
February 23, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information
Missouri Pacific Railroad Bridge No. 51 (Lafayette County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Giddens Branch on Missouri Pacific Railroad
February 23, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: Added categories "Missouri Pacific Railroad", "railroad"
CP - Rock River Bridge (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Stone arch bridge over Rock River on Canadian Pacific Railroad
February 22, 2021: New photos
CP - Church Street Bridge (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Church Street (Former Highway 26) on Canadian Pacific Railway
February 22, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information
CP - Church Street Bridge (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Church Street (Former Highway 26) on Canadian Pacific Railway
February 22, 2021: New photos
CP - 2nd Street Bridge (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Steel stringer bridge over 2nd Street on Canadian Pacific Railway
February 22, 2021: New photos
CP - 2nd Street Bridge (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Steel stringer bridge over 2nd Street on Canadian Pacific Railway
February 22, 2021: New Street View added
CP - 2nd Street Bridge (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Steel stringer bridge over 2nd Street on Canadian Pacific Railway
February 22, 2021: Added
CP - WIS-19 Bridge (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Main Street (WIS-19) on Canadian Pacific Railway
February 22, 2021: New photos
CP - WIS-19 Bridge (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Main Street (WIS-19) on Canadian Pacific Railway
February 22, 2021: New Street View added
CP - WIS-19 Bridge (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Main Street (WIS-19) on Canadian Pacific Railway
February 22, 2021: Added
Glacial Drumlin Trail - Rock River Bridge (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Rock River on Glacial Drumlin Trail
February 22, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information
Glacial Drumlin Trail - Rock River Bridge (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Rock River on Glacial Drumlin Trail
February 22, 2021: New photos
UP - Rock River Bridge (Jefferson) (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Rock River on Union Pacific Railroad
February 22, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information
UP - Rock River Bridge (Jefferson) (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Rock River on Union Pacific Railroad
February 22, 2021: New photos
Glacial River Trail - Rock River Bridge (Fort Atkinson) (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Rock River on Glacial River Trail
February 22, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information, noted historic ca. 1870 stone arch span
Glacial River Trail - Rock River Bridge (Fort Atkinson) (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Rock River on Glacial River Trail
February 22, 2021: New photos
UP - Trestle Road Overpass (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
Pony plate girder bridge over Trestle Road on Union Pacific Railroad (former Chicago & Northwestern)
February 22, 2021: New photos
UP - County Highway DJ Overpass (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
Steel stringer bridge over County Road DJ on Union Pacific Railroad
February 22, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information, added likely builder
UP - County Highway E Overpass (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
Steel stringer bridge over County Road E on Union Pacific Railroad
February 22, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information, added likely builder
UP - County Highway E Overpass (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
Steel stringer bridge over County Road E on Union Pacific Railroad
February 22, 2021: New photos
UP - County Highway DJ Overpass (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
Steel stringer bridge over County Road DJ on Union Pacific Railroad
February 22, 2021: New photos
Boblink Road Bridge (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
Through plate Girder bridge over Canadian Pacific Railway, formerly Soo Line, formerly The Milwaukee Road on Bobolink Road in Town of Lowell
February 22, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information, noted relocation and impending replacement
Boblink Road Bridge (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
Through plate Girder bridge over Canadian Pacific Railway, formerly Soo Line, formerly The Milwaukee Road on Bobolink Road in Town of Lowell
February 22, 2021: New photos
Astico County Park Bridge (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
Pratt through truss bridge over Crawfish River on Trail
February 22, 2021: New photos
Chestnut Street Bridge (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Double Intersection Warren Pony truss bridge over Wisconsin & Southern Railroad on Chestnut Street in Lodi
February 22, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information, noted relocation
Chestnut Street Bridge (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Double Intersection Warren Pony truss bridge over Wisconsin & Southern Railroad on Chestnut Street in Lodi
February 22, 2021: New photos
Mill Street Bridge (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Wisconsin & Southern Railroad on Mill Street in Lodi
February 22, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information, noted likely relocation
Mill Street Bridge (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Wisconsin & Southern Railroad on Mill Street in Lodi
February 22, 2021: New photos
WSOR - Bridge #300 (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Steel stringer bridge over Ice Age Trail and Unnamed Creek on Wisconsin & Southern Railroad
February 22, 2021: New photos
WSOR - Bridge #300 (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Steel stringer bridge over Ice Age Trail and Unnamed Creek on Wisconsin & Southern Railroad
February 22, 2021: Added
Minnesota River Bluffs Trail - Purgatory Creek Arch (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Purgatory Creek on Minnesota River Bluffs Trail
February 22, 2021: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted February 24, 2021

As of May 2020, this one is carrying a trail. However, it appears that Jackson County is still planning on replacing it.

Posted February 23, 2021

Replacement of significant portions of this bridge is scheduled to begin in 2021. From what I understand, Spans A, D-M, Q and R will be replaced; along with a total deck replacement and substructure replacements. My goal is to get here before the ice on the lake melts to completely document every span, but so far, the weather has not cooperated.

Posted February 23, 2021

It looks like this one may have been demolished or at least filled in on the newest Google Earth imagery from May 2020..although I can still clearly make out the east portal.

Posted February 23, 2021

Reportedly, a parallel pedestrian bridge has/will be constructed here

Posted February 22, 2021

I was pleasantly surprised to discover an ancient stone arch on the south end of this bridge when I visited. Looking at historic aerials, it was only uncovered once this bridge became a trail. I believe it was an approach to an older deck truss bridge. A plaque gives a ca. date of 1870, but I believe it may date even a few years further back, likely to the same time as this one:

http://bridgehunter.com/wi/rock/wsor-rock-river/

Posted February 22, 2021

I believe the pony span of this bridge may be approximately as old as the formerly nearby Poplar Grove Road bridge, which was later moved to Washington County. I figure Ca. 1885 would be an appropriate date for that span.

Posted February 22, 2021

This one appears to have been moved here and altered in 1896, including the removal of the outside panels. It appears to be extremely light, even lighter than the confirmed 1883 span that ended up in Washington County. I would expect this one to be late 1870s or early 1880s. Fortunately, I have a blueprint number that I perhaps can track this bridge down with.

This bridge appears to have been similar:

https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Property/HI59409

Posted February 18, 2021

I would bet that this bridge was probably reconstructed at some point with new piers and in a single track configuration. It is possible that these spans were from the old bridge and set onto new piers.

Posted February 15, 2021

Not a bowstring expert, but I think looks like the Wolf bridge as well. The plaques appear to be in the same spots, an it appears there was more than one span.

Posted February 8, 2021

Both these bridges were removed last October..

Posted February 6, 2021

I think this one may even be as old as the mid-1880s. The lightness of the lower chord indicates this is a very old span. Fortunately, there is a massive collection of PRR bridge documents in Harrisburg, PA; so we may be able to find information on this one. Unfortunately, they apparently include every state except Indiana.

Posted February 5, 2021

https://gisapp.mahoningcountyoh.gov/mahgis/

It appears the road is still outlined by public right-of-way. The NE quadrant is the only corner I can confirm to be private property. Still there in 2019, and Google Streetview gets reasonably close on both sides in an August 2019 view. I'm not seeing any signs or gates indicating the road is private.

Posted February 5, 2021

Is this bridge older than 1913? The two center spans appear to be older, maybe ca. 1895? The swing span also appears to be a little newer, but not 1913. Reportedly, the stationary spans were replaced after the 1913 flood, but the swing span survived. The stationary spans very well could have been moved from another location.

Posted February 4, 2021

Looking at Google Earth, that building has been there since about 2006. Unfortunately, I cannot get a good view to find such a small arch that blends in to the surroundings. I believe it is likely still there, however I cannot tell for sure.

Posted February 3, 2021

Most of this arch was built by the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway as part of a large yard and freighthouse complex. Great Northern and Northern Pacific also operated various industrial trackage over the top. The rail yard was fully intact until the early 1970s, and portions remained until the 1980s. The road would not have been built until the 1990s.

I also am not sure about the 1915 date. MNDOT gives a date of Ca. 1890, which sounds appropriate. In addition, these two sources give 1890 as the date in which the arch was constructed:

https://www.southwestjournal.com/focus/2012/03/the-weekend-t...

https://minneapolisparkhistory.com/2011/11/27/the-myth-of-ba...

However, the arch is actually part of a much larger tunnel system that once ran to 2nd Avenue and Fremont Avenue. Reportedly, the main portion of the tunnel may date to 1915:

http://www.mninter.net/~stack/bassett/descript.htm