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 

MILW - Cheyenne River Bridge (Pennington County, South Dakota)
Pratt through truss bridge over Cheyenne River on Former CMStP&P Railroad
July 28, 2017: New photos
MILW - Rapid Creek Bridge #1 (Pennington County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Rapid Creek on Abandoned Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad
July 28, 2017: New photos
MILW - Rapid Creek Bridge #4 (Pennington County, South Dakota)
Deck Girder Bridge over Rapid Creek on Former CMStP&P Railroad
July 28, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Boxelder Creek Bridge (Black Hawk) (Pennington County, South Dakota)
Quadrangular Lattice through truss bridge over boxelder Creek on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 28, 2017: New photos
CP - Whitewood Creek Bridge (Lawrence County, South Dakota)
Pratt Through truss bridge over Whitewood Creek on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 28, 2017: New photos
Mickelson Trail - Whitewood Creek Bridge #1 (Lawrence County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Whitewood Creek on George S. Mickelson Trail/Old CBQ Railroad Alignment
July 28, 2017: New photos
Whitewood Creek Road Bridge (S) (Lawrence County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Whitewood Creek on Whitewood Creek Road
July 28, 2017: New photos
Whitewood Creek Road Bridge (N) (Lawrence County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Whitewood Creek on Whitewood Creek Road
July 28, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - 8th Street Bridge (Meade County, South Dakota)
Deck plate girder bridge over 8th Street on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 28, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Deadman Gulch Bridge (Meade County, South Dakota)
Steel stringer bridge over Deadman Gulch on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 28, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Belle Fourche River Bridge (Butte County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Belle Fourche River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 27, 2017: New photos
Abandoned RCP&E - Redwater River Bridge (Butte County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Redwater River on Abandoned Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 27, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Cheyenne River Bridge (Fall River County, South Dakota)
Pratt through truss bridge over Cheyenne River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 27, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Beaver Creek Bridge (Custer County, South Dakota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Beaver Creek on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 27, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Cheyenne River Bridge (Pennington County, South Dakota)
Through truss bridge over Cheyenne River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 27, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - N. Fork Bad River Bridge (Haakon County, South Dakota)
Double-intersection Warren pony truss bridge over N. Fork Bad River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 27, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Bad River Bridge #3 (Haakon County, South Dakota)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bad River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 27, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Bad River Bridge #4 (Haakon County, South Dakota)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bad River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 27, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Bad River Bridge #6 (Haakon County, South Dakota)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bad River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 27, 2017: New photos
C&NW - Bridge #315 (Blue Earth County, Minnesota)
Stone arch bridge over Unnamed Creek on Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail
July 22, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build Date
RCP&E - Bad River Bridge #7 (Jones County, South Dakota)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bad River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 22, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Plum Creek Bridge (Stanley County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Plum Creek on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 22, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Bad River Bridge #10 (Stanley County, South Dakota)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bad River on Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern Railroad
July 22, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Bad River Bridge #11 (Stanley County, South Dakota)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bad River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 22, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Bad River Bridge #12 (Stanley County, South Dakota)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bad River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 22, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Bad River Bridge #14 (Stanley County, South Dakota)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bad River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 22, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Bad River Bridge #13 (Stanley County, South Dakota)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bad River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 22, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Bad River Bridge #15 (Stanley County, South Dakota)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bad River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 22, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Bad River Bridge #16 (Stanley County, South Dakota)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bad River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 22, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Fort Pierre Bridge (Hughes County, South Dakota)
Through truss swing bridge over Missouri River on Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad
July 21, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
RCP&E - Fort Pierre Bridge (Hughes County, South Dakota)
Through truss swing bridge over Missouri River on Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad
July 21, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Pierre Street Bridge (Hughes County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Pierre Street on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 21, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Medicine Creek Bridge #1 (Hughes County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Medicine Creek on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 21, 2017: New photos
DSRC - Chamberlain Bridge (Brule County, South Dakota)
Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over Missouri River (Francis Case Lake) on Dakota Southern Railroad
July 21, 2017: New photos
DSRC - Presho Bridge (E) (Lyman County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Medicine Creek on Dakota Southern Railway
July 21, 2017: New photos
DSRC - Presho Bridge (W) (Lyman County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Medicine Creek on Dakota Southern Railway
July 21, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Lake Mitchell Bridge (Davison County, South Dakota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Firesteel Creek on BNSF Railway
July 21, 2017: New photos
RCP&E - Beaver Creek Bridge (Custer County, South Dakota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Beaver Creek on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 19, 2017: Added
Whitewood Creek Road Bridge (N) (Lawrence County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Whitewood Creek on Whitewood Creek Road
July 19, 2017: Added
Whitewood Creek Road Bridge (S) (Lawrence County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Whitewood Creek on Whitewood Creek Road
July 19, 2017: Added
RCP&E - 8th Street Bridge (Meade County, South Dakota)
Deck plate girder bridge over 8th Street on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 19, 2017: Added
RCP&E - Deadman Gulch Bridge (Meade County, South Dakota)
Steel stringer bridge over Deadman Gulch on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 19, 2017: Added
RCP&E - Belle Fourche River Bridge (Butte County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Belle Fourche River on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 19, 2017: Added
Abandoned RCP&E - Redwater River Bridge (Butte County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Redwater River on Abandoned Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 19, 2017: Added
MILW - Rapid Creek Bridge #1 (Pennington County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Rapid Creek on Abandoned Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad
July 19, 2017: Added
RCP&E - Plum Creek Bridge (Stanley County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Plum Creek on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 19, 2017: Added
RCP&E - Pierre Street Bridge (Hughes County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Pierre Street on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 19, 2017: Added
RCP&E - Medicine Creek Bridge #1 (Hughes County, South Dakota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Medicine Creek on Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad
July 19, 2017: Added
BNSF - Lake Mitchell Bridge (Davison County, South Dakota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Firesteel Creek on BNSF Railway
July 19, 2017: Added
UP - 140th Avenue Overpass (Kossuth County, Iowa)
Deck Girder Bridge over 140th Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 19, 2017: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted August 12, 2017

This bridge is scheduled to become a part of the Western Sky Trail, a short 18-mile long Rail-Trail between Fredonia and Chanute. The trail is still in the planning phase.

Posted August 12, 2017

This bridge, and the line from Fredonia to Augusta is scheduled to become part of the "Iron Horse Trail", which is in the planning phase.

Posted July 21, 2017

Nathan,

You'll find that is an unpopular opinion on this website. A vast majority of contributors and members of this site advocate for preservation of these historic structures.

Posted July 20, 2017

This bridge appears to have been relocated to this location

Posted July 17, 2017

Field visited this bridge this weekend. The two main truss spans have a Detroit bridge Company plaque from 1897 and covered up 1898 portal cutouts. It appears this span was relocated from Clinton, Iowa

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/clinton/bh55028/

Posted July 17, 2017

Field visited this bridge this weekend. Bridge is indeed older than the 1889 construction of this line, and matches an 1879 structure at Carpentersville, IL:

http://bridgehunter.com/il/kane/bh48253/

Upon further research, these 127' trusses were likely originally constructed over the Baraboo River in Wisconsin and moved here in 1896

Posted July 12, 2017

Pieces of this structure were reportedly built in 1885 at Winona, Minnesota as part of a long bridge. They were relocated here sometime around the turn of the 20th century. There are several other bridges like this on the line.

Posted June 26, 2017

Awesome find Clark!!!

Posted June 25, 2017

Good news from Carpentersville!

The individual trying to preserve the bridge has found the deed to the bridge; which states the property should be in the cities ownership. However, there are conflicting documents. Once these are resolved, the preservation talks can move forward.

Posted June 25, 2017

It would be very cool to see the remaining span reused, perhaps as something like a fishing pier. It would be a very inexpensive and useful way to preserve something like this.

Posted June 9, 2017

Looking at the location of the bridge on the map, it appears that it is a MOB. I'm also concerned because of the removal from the NRHP. Does anyone have any insight into this?

Posted June 9, 2017

Not shocking that this bridge is doomed. Carver County (my home county) hasn't had a truss to show for itself in decades; and is working on eradicating the remaining historic bridges.

Posted May 22, 2017

Looking for bridges with identical spans that may have been relocated here in 1951, and I came across this:

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/washington/bh55841/

Thoughts?

Posted May 18, 2017

Dana,

By clicking the "whats here" button in the map, it shows this is Norfolk Southern. Our webmaster was quite kind to install this feature for us!

Best,

John

Posted May 15, 2017

This bridge is a mishmash of information. The photo actually correlates to the current bridge at this location, which was rebuilt after the flood and still exists. However; the first crossing east of here was removed in 1960 and moved to a current location in southern Mandan.