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CNW - Willow Creek Bridge

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Abandoned Willow Creek Bridge

Looking North

Photo taken by John Marvig in March 2014

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BH Photo #280379

Map 

Description 

Spans and towers originally built 1904 at Dayton, Iowa; moved here 1937

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Willow Creek on abandoned C&NW Railway
Location
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Status
Abandoned
Future prospects
Scheduled to become a trail
History
Built 1937 using secondhand parts from Dayton, Iowa
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Iowa Traction Railroad (IATR)
- Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (MSTL)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 30.0 ft.
Total length: 161.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.15301, -93.19131   (decimal degrees)
43°09'11" N, 93°11'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/484445/4777824 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mason City
Inventory number
BH 55642 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 3, 2021: New photos from John Marvig
  • March 24, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information
  • March 4, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added relocation date from STB documents
  • January 9, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Now owned by city, to be Converted to Trail Use
  • March 26, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: New photos from John Marvig
  • July 4, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • February 24, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Corrected title-UP does not own
  • February 24, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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Comments 

Abandoned C&NW - Willow Creek Bridge
Posted January 9, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge, as well as a few others in Mason City are to be converted to trail use, as part of the "High Line Bike Trail", a trail and greenway through the heart of downtown Mason City. At this time, it is unknown if the trail would extend to County B20, and include the deck truss bridge as well.