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RI - Independence Deck Girder


End of the Line

Looking north towards the old bridge site. The former ROW is now a snowmobile trail, and a sign warns riders about crossing the river.

Photo taken by Dylan VanAntwerp in January 2013


BH Photo #247604



Lost bridge with DPG main span and large wooden trestle approach spans. Line originally built by the Burlington, Cedar Rapids, and Northern Railway as part of a branch line north from Cedar Rapids to Decorah. The BCR&N was taken over by the Rock Island in 1903. Service began to be cut back in the 1960s, with the line being abandoned in sections. Last remaining piece of the line from Linn Jct. to Oelwein was abandoned in 1976. Bridge was presumably torn out shortly thereafter. South abutment is still in place, and remains of the two piers that supported the main span are also still present and can be seen at normal water levels.

--Total length is approximate--


Lost DPG Bridge with timber stringer approaches over Wapsipinicon River on former Rock Island RR
Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa
Removed but not replaced
Buitl 1935; Removed 1976?
- Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway (BCRN)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
1 - 26' Deck plate girder
20 Panel Open Deck Pile Trestle
15 Panel Open Deck Pile Trestle
Length of largest span: 26.0 ft.
Total length: 551.0 ft.
Also called
Rock Island Bridge #398
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.48135, -91.90594   (decimal degrees)
42°28'53" N, 91°54'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/589921/4703802 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 55340 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 15, 2020: New photo from Luke
  • September 6, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Addded info
  • March 19, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Edited description
  • January 28, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Wapsipinicon River"
  • January 27, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "railroad"
  • January 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added type based on arial imagery

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