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 

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
UP - Linn Creek Bridge #2 (Marshall County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Linn Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
May 1, 2018: Added
UP - Linn Creek Trbutary Crossing (Marshall County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Linn Creek Trbutary on Union Pacific Railroad
May 1, 2018: New photos
UP - Linn Creek Bridge #1 (Marshall County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Linn Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
May 1, 2018: New photos
Great Lake Spine Trail - Lake Okoboji Bridge (Dickinson County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Strait between East and West Lake Oboji on formerly a railroad line between Spirit Lake and Milford, now a bike trail in Okoboji
May 1, 2018: New photos
CN - MILW Crossing (Storm Lake) (Buena Vista County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Abandoned Chicago, Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific Railway on Canadian National Railway
May 1, 2018: Added
Iowa Great Lakes Trail - Unnamed Creek Bridge (Dickinson County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Tributary West Branch Little Sioux River on Iowa Great Lakes Trail
April 29, 2018: Added
Iowa Great Lakes Trail - West Fork Little Sioux River Bridge (Dickinson County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over West Fork Little Sioux River on Iowa Great Lakes Trail
April 29, 2018: New photos
Iowa Great Lakes Trail - West Branch Little Sioux River Arch (Dickinson County, Iowa)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over West Branch Little Sioux River on former Iowa Great Lakes Trail
April 29, 2018: New photos
UP - County Ditch #94 Bridge (Emmet County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over County Ditch #94 on Union Pacific Railroad
April 29, 2018: Added
UP - County Ditch #15 Bridge (Emmet County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over County Ditch #15 on Union Pacific Railroad
April 29, 2018: New photos
UP - Small Stream Arch Bridge (Emmet County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Small Stream on Union Pacific Railroad
April 29, 2018: New photos
UP - Unnamed Creek Stone Arch (Emmet County, Iowa)
Stone arch culvert bridge over Unnamed Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
April 29, 2018: Added
UP - Five Island Lake Bridge (Palo Alto County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Five Island Lake on Union Pacific Railroad
April 29, 2018: Added
DM&E - West Fork Des Moines River Bridge (Palo Alto County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over West Fork Des Moines River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
April 29, 2018: New photos
CN - North East Street Overpass (Calhoun County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over North East Street on Canadian National Railway
April 29, 2018: New photos
CN - County D36 Overpass (Calhoun County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over County D36 (former US-20) on Canadian National Railway
April 29, 2018: New photos
CP - Camden Place Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Warren deck truss bridge over Mississippi River and St. Anthony Pkwy on Canadian Pacific Railway
April 29, 2018: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted May 21, 2018

This is actually an interesting rehabilitation. It did not eliminate any significant historical components, while strengthening the bridge for years to come:

http://bridgehunter.com/photos/42/83/428308-L.jpg

Posted May 19, 2018

Here is a copy of the bridge book, which comes from a Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway bridge book from 1937, provided by the Fred M. and Dale M. Springer Archives.

Posted May 19, 2018

Judging by photo 4, I'm going to say that this was a relocated railroad bridge.

Posted May 19, 2018

Robert,

No Information was given except for that it crossed the Arkansas River. I will post the record later this evening

Posted May 19, 2018

Yep thatís the one. Thanks for the add! This structure replaced a through truss.

Posted May 19, 2018

Robert,

The bridge I refer to is just to the west of Main Street. It was replaced with a series of I-Beams.

Posted May 19, 2018

Robert,

I know there was a truss on the ATSF route heading south over the river. I believe it was replaced in the 60s? Iíll look further into it later this evening.

Bridge comment
Posted May 19, 2018

My question is, if the bridge was pushed off of the pier, how was the tree growing in the center pier not destroyed? It appeared in photos taken prior to the alleged collapse, and it also appeared in my photos from last week, completely unharmed. I get that FLDOT doesnít care for the bridge, but itís also not their problem. I believe the two counties share ownership of the bridge. I couldnít get onto the bridge, but I believe the structure is relatively stable. The pier and rollers could use some help, but the superstructure is in good shape.

Also, I noticed it would take one heck of a flood to get to the superstructure. Iím not gonna claim to be familiar with the area, but if would seem the bridge is higher than the surrounding woods and swamps. To me, this would suggest the river would spill its banks and then dump into the surrounding areas, before ever reaching the truss.

My point being, I did a documentation of this bridge. I saw no evidence of any of the claims made. A mature tree in the center pier seems to indicate that there is no way this bridge was knocked off the pier. No structure damage exists. I hope we can use this scare as motivation to get this bridge permanently preserved.

Posted May 19, 2018

Calvin,

Nice to see you back! I really enjoy your contributions and would love to see your photos of this structure. Regarding of the build date of the bridge, I suspect the pin connected spans date to the late 1890s or the early 1900s.

Drew Bridge (Florida)
Posted May 18, 2018

Local resident,

Are there any pictures of the restoration and resetting process? I've not seen a bridge like this survive a fall into a river without sustaining some damage. What apparently caused the bridge to fall in? And if it fell in once, why was the decision made to have a structure in danger of imminent failure placed back on the same pier?

Posted May 13, 2018

Wow! What a treat! Hopefully this one isnít too far gone to be restored. Anyone have any idea of the date for this tiny structure? I donít know a lot about bowstrings, but Iíve gotta imagine it dates to the 1880s or so

Drew Bridge (Florida)
Posted May 11, 2018

Whatís better than driving 3 hours to find a collapsed bridge? Driving three hours to find the bridge intact. It looks like it was just a ruse by a troll somewhere that reported it...

Posted May 7, 2018

Curious to the 1935 date. Where did it come from? The latest built railroad stone arch Iíve seen is 1919, but I know the design was superceddes by concrete around 1900.

Posted May 4, 2018

I put in a request for the bridge. The only thing confirmed was the concrete design, while the 1909 date was not confirmed. In my opinion, the age of the bridge seems to match up. Thoughts?

Posted May 4, 2018

According to the Milwaukee Road Archives, this bridge was built in 1913 reusing a railroad span from bridge Z-1154 along the Iowa division.