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RI - Dows Bridge (S)



Lost Deck Plate Girder bridge over Iowa River on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
Franklin County, Iowa
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
1 x 60' Deck Plate Girder
7 x 44' Deck Plate Girder
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 368.0 ft.
Also called
RI - Br. 1124
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.64915, -93.49538   (decimal degrees)
42°38'57" N, 93°29'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/459392/4721973 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dows East
Inventory number
BH 55083 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 3, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added info from RI track chart
  • January 3, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • January 2, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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RI - Iowa River Bridge (Dows)
Posted September 3, 2016, by Luke

Given the number of spans and the fact that the piers aren't the same, it's too short to be the northerly bridge, so it's more than likely the predecessor to the final version of this bridge.

RI - Iowa River Bridge (Dows)
Posted September 3, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)


The RI track chart I am looking at only lists DPG spans for this bridge. It looks like the TPG bridge was either somewhere else, or perhaps it was an older bridge at this location. A third option is that the bridge was rebuilt with a DPG main span replacing the TPG main span.

The pictures seem to support two different bridges. If you look at first picture, the piers seem different from the bridge in the next two. They look taller and slightly different shaped, especially the rounded caps on the tops. The first bridge also spans the river channel with a DPG instead of a TPG.