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 

IAIS - South Skunk River Bridge (Jasper County, Iowa)
Warren Through Truss Bridge over South Skunk River on Iowa Interstate Railroad
April 24, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Doomed
WSOR - State Line Road Bridge (McHenry County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over State Line Rd on Wisconsin & Southern RR (former Chicago, Milwaukee St Paul & Pacific RR) 1.5 mi N of Hebron
April 21, 2017: New photos
PPU - Farm Creek Bridge (Tazewell County, Illinois)
Warren through truss bridge over Farm Creek on Peoria & Pekin Union Railway in East Peoria
April 13, 2017: New photos
NS - Mackinaw River Bridge (Woodford County, Illinois)
Deck truss bridge over Mackinaw River on Norfolk Southern RR
April 13, 2017: New photos
NS - Grimm Road Overpass (Woodford County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over CR 1550 E (Grimm Rd) on Norfolk Southern RR
April 13, 2017: New photos
IC - Townhall Road Overpass (Tazewell County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Indian Creek & Townhall Road on Abandoned Railroad southwest of Hopedale
April 13, 2017: New photos
IC - Bridge #152.8 (Tazewell County, Illinois)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Tributary of Indian Creek on Abandoned Illinois Central Railway
April 13, 2017: New photos
IC - Bridge #149.7 (Tazewell County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Indian Creek on Abandoned Illinois Central Railway
April 13, 2017: New photos
Third Street Bridge (Tazewell County, Illinois)
Pony truss bridge over City Park on Third Street in Delavan
April 13, 2017: New photos
Lake Park Stone Arch #1 (Tazewell County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Dry Creek on Lake Park Trail
April 13, 2017: New photos
Lake Park Stone Arch #2 (Tazewell County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Dry Creek on Lake Park Trail
April 13, 2017: New photos
UP - County 700 Bridge (Tazewell County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over County Road 700 on Union Pacific Railroad
April 12, 2017: New photos
UP - Mackinaw River Bridge (Tazewell County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Mackinaw River on Union Pacific Railroad
April 12, 2017: New photos
UP - IL-29 Bridge (Tazewell County, Illinois)
Quadrangular Through truss bridge over IL 29 on Union Pacific Railroad
April 12, 2017: New photos
UP - Sanitation Road Overpass (Peoria County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over TP&W Ry and Sanitation Rd on Union Pacific Railway in Bartonville
April 12, 2017: New photos
TZPR - Kickapoo Creek Bridge (Peoria County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over Kickapoo Creek on Tazewell & Peoria Railroad
April 12, 2017: New photos
KJRY - Kickapoo Creek Bridge (Peoria County, Illinois)
Warren through truss with sub-panels bridge over Kickapoo Creek on Keokuk Junction Railway
April 12, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Kickapoo Creek Bridge #1 (Peoria County, Illinois)
Warren through truss bridge over Kickapoo Creek on BNSF Railway
April 12, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Kickapoo Creek Bridge #8 (Peoria County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Kickapoo Creek on BNSF Railway
April 12, 2017: New photos
UP - Kickapoo Creek Bridge #4 (Peoria County, Illinois)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Kickapoo Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
April 12, 2017: New photos
UP - Kickapoo Creek Bridge #3 (Peoria County, Illinois)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Kickapoo Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
April 12, 2017: New photos
Rock Island Trail - Spoon River Bridge (Stark County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Spoon River on Rock Island Trail (former Peoria & Rock Island RR) NW of Wyoming
April 12, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Sugar Creek Bridge (Knox County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sugar Creek on BNSF Railway
April 12, 2017: Added
Pumping Station Road Bridge (Knox County, Illinois)
Bridge on Pumping Station Road
April 12, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Spoon River Bridge (Knox County, Illinois)
Through truss bridge over Spoon RIver on BNSF Railway
April 12, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Walnut Creek Arch (Knox County, Illinois)
Brick arch bridge over Walnut Creek on BNSF Railway
April 12, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Bridge #204.A (Henderson County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Ellison Creek on BNSF Railway
April 12, 2017: New photos
BNSF - IL-116 Overpass (Henderson County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over IL-16 on BNSF Railway
April 12, 2017: New photos
BNSF - 2050E Road Overpass (Henderson County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over 2050E Road on BNSF Railway
April 12, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Media Trestle (Henderson County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Ellison Creek & CR1000N on BNSF RR
April 12, 2017: New photos
CGW - Bridge #F255 (Polk County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Muchikinock Creek on Chichaqua Valley Trail
April 12, 2017: New photos
CGW - Bridge #F262 (Polk County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Fourmile Creek on Abandoned Union Pacific Railroad (Future Trail)
April 12, 2017: New photos
Chichaqua Valley Trail - Fourmile Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Fourmile Creek on Chichaqua Valley Trail
April 12, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Branch Mud Creek Bridge (Cedar County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Branch Mud Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
April 12, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Mad Creek Bridge (Muscatine County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mad Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
April 12, 2017: New photos
RI - Crow Creek Arch Bridge (Jefferson County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Crow Creek in Fairfield
April 12, 2017: New photos
Fox Road Bridge (Fayette County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Volga River on a local road
April 12, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added Relocation Information
D&W - Charles Street Overpass (Fayette County, Iowa)
Concrete stringer bridge over Charles Street on D&W Railroad
April 12, 2017: New photos
Fox Road Bridge (Fayette County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Volga River on a local road
April 12, 2017: New photos
Cedar Valley Nature Trail - Lime Creek Bridge (Buchanan County, Iowa)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Lime Creek on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
April 12, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Tributary of Fourmile Creek Arch (Polk County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Fourmile Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
April 12, 2017: Added
CGW - Bridge #F281 (Polk County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Badger Creek on Great Western Trail
April 12, 2017: Added
Great Western Trail - Frink Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Frink Creek on Great Western Trail
April 12, 2017: Added
CGW - Bridge #F255 (Polk County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Muchikinock Creek on Chichaqua Valley Trail
April 11, 2017: Added
CGW - Bridge #F262 (Polk County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Fourmile Creek on Abandoned Union Pacific Railroad (Future Trail)
April 11, 2017: Added
IC - Bridge #149.7 (Tazewell County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Indian Creek on Abandoned Illinois Central Railway
April 11, 2017: Added
IC - Bridge #152.8 (Tazewell County, Illinois)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Tributary of Indian Creek on Abandoned Illinois Central Railway
April 11, 2017: Added
BNSF - Bridge #204.A (Henderson County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Ellison Creek on BNSF Railway
April 10, 2017: Added
BNSF - IL-116 Overpass (Henderson County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over IL-16 on BNSF Railway
April 10, 2017: Added
BNSF - 2050E Road Overpass (Henderson County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over 2050E Road on BNSF Railway
April 10, 2017: Added

Recent Comments 

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...

Posted April 10, 2017

Steve,

How did you get these beautiful photos of this structure?

Posted April 10, 2017

Missing plaque is a Detroit Bridge & Iron Works plaque, signifiying this bridge was likely built in the 1890s. Additional DB&IW structures along this line were built between 1890 and 1895.

Posted April 8, 2017

This is actually a common situation on this website. The bridge is open to traffic above, and thus is considered "open to traffic"; despite not being open to traffic below.

Posted March 23, 2017

Clark,

It prevents ice and debris from getting inside of the timber piers and causing damage.

Posted March 16, 2017

Robert,

There are several examples of this type of bridge further north. The Chicago & North Western and Rock Island both loved this design.

http://bridgehunter.com/il/kane/bh51072/

http://bridgehunter.com/il/lasalle/marseilles-nabisco/

http://bridgehunter.com/wi/washington/lammscapes-railroad/

Posted March 10, 2017

Hard to describe that instant realization that I was dealing with something special as I rounded the bend. To add some icing to the cake, the bridge is extremely to access. A road from the north is very clearly publicly maintained; and literally dead ends at the field.

Posted March 10, 2017

It could be possible that it was a standard design for the railroad, and the portals were used regardless of bridge design? I understand why you would believe it was for a pinned connection. I could see where it was a standard design...