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Great Lake Spine Trail - Lake Okoboji Bridge

Photos 

Close-up of the former swing (now fixed) main span

Photo taken by Jason Smith in August 2009

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BH Photo #147008

Street View 

Description 

Information comes from the Milwaukee Road Archives at the Milwaukee Central Library.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Strait between East and West Lake Oboji on formerly a railroad line between Spirit Lake and Milford, now a bike trail in Okoboji
Location
Okoboji, Dickinson County, Iowa
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1890 as a swing bridge, swing span became fixed span ca. 1920, became part of the bike trail network in 1995 linking Milford and Spirit Lake
Railroad
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Design
Combination timber trestle and cantilever deck plate girder span (main span)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 84.0 ft.
Also called
MILW Bridge #R-1426
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.37612, -95.12642   (decimal degrees)
43°22'34" N, 95°07'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/327737/4804779 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Okoboji
Inventory number
BH 43458 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 8, 2022: Updated by John Marvig: Added build date
  • July 10, 2018: Updated by Luke: Corrected build date based on petition from October 1884 complaining about the lack of a bridge tender; Removed "Pedestrian Movable Bridges" category as the bridge hasn't been moveable since 1920
  • May 1, 2018: New photos from John Marvig
  • April 22, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Rail-to-trail", "Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad"
  • January 15, 2012: New photo from Quinn Phelan
  • July 31, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • October 4, 2009: Added by Jason Smith

Sources 

  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Quinn Phelan - qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Douglas Butler
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke