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Willow Creek Driveway Bridge


Willow Creek Driveway Bridge

Looking South

Photo taken by John Marvig in May 2018


BH Photo #428515



Built as a spur of the Chicago & North Western across Willow Creek in Mason City. Moved here for private road use for an auto repair shop in 1983.


Pony/through plate girder bridge over Willow Creek on Private Driveway
Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Open to authorized vehicles only
Built at Willow Creek in Mason City, Iowa; relocated here via helicopter 1983
Pony plate girder
Span length: 50.0 ft.
Total length: 50.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.14411, -93.35936   (decimal degrees)
43°08'39" N, 93°21'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/470777/4776881 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 96 N., R. 21 W., Sec. 7
Inventory number
BH 81672 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 12, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Updated information via local residents
  • May 23, 2018: Added by John Marvig

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Willow Creek Driveway Bridge
Posted May 12, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Talked to some local residents via the Forgotten Iowa Facebook group. They confirmed that the bridge was indeed a former railroad bridge. The location mentioned by people involved in relocating the bridge was near MercyOne across Willow Creek. The linked location (eastern bridge) is the only railroad bridge that matches the description of a 50' through girder. The middle span at that location was a two span deck girder, and the western bridge was a wooden trestle. Next step will be to track down the original fabrication date of this bridge.

Willow Creek Driveway Bridge
Posted May 23, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

To me, this is pretty clearly a railroad bridge recycled from a previous location. Does anyone else have any input?