3 votes

DME - Red Bridge


Photo taken by Joe Trnka


BH Photo #238660



Pratt through truss bridge over Catfish Creek on Railroad
Dubuque County, Iowa
Replaced by a TPG in 2012
Built 1896 Lost 2012
- Charles Frederick Loweth of Cleveland, Ohio (Chief Engineer)
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad (DME)
- Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad (ICE)
Pratt through truss
Span length: 175.0 ft.
Total length: 175.0 ft.
Also called
Bridge K-96
CM&StP&P Bridge K-96
MILW - Red Bridge
Catfish Creek Railroad Bridge
Milwaukee Road Bridge K-96
Red Bridge
MILW Catfish Creek Bridge
DM&E Catfish Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.46817, -90.64469   (decimal degrees)
42°28'05" N, 90°38'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/693629/4704446 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dubuque South
Inventory numbers
Iowa SHPO 33-06088
CM&StP&P RR K-96
Iowa HADB 31-104
BH 52565 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2019: New photo from David Shedlock
  • February 23, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added chief engineer
  • October 18, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • September 5, 2012: New photos from Luke Harden
  • September 4, 2012: New photos from Luke Harden
  • September 3, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated status to lost. Bridge was replaced with a DPG last week.
  • August 26, 2012: New photo from Luke Harden
  • May 27, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Bridge is doomed


Red Bridge
Posted September 5, 2012, by Mike Boehne (mikebon088 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wild guess, 200-300 tons.

It's a railroad bridge, and it's had 116 years of locomotives and freight cars crossing it. Freight cars are heavier and trains are faster than they were when it was built--there's a lot of railroad trusses that didn't last half that long, especially if it's a mainline bridge.

Red Bridge
Posted September 4, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yeah, quite sad. There are plenty of bridges that are collapsing on themselves from neglect - and here's one that is sound enough it's removed in one piece.

On a side note, any idea approximately how much a bridge like that might weigh?

Red Bridge
Posted September 3, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is so stupid. They hauled the bridge away IN ONE PIECE! How hard would it be to simply set it down in a park somewhere? http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Dubuque-Loses-Historic-Bridge...