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RRVT - Raccoon River Bridge

Photos 

Jefferson Trail Bridge

Looking South

Photo taken by John Marvig in March 2013

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BH Photo #251317

Street View 

Description 

112' truss span built Ca. 1895 at an unknown location and moved here 1930. 54' deck girder built 1913 at bridge Z-1930 (unknown location) by Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Company and moved here 1916. 50' deck girder built 1902 by Chicago Bridge & Iron Works at an unknown location and moved here 1920.

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

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Raccoon River on Raccoon River Valley Trail
Location
Greene County, Iowa
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built Ca. 1894, Approach Spans added 1902 and 1914
Builders
- Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Approach Span)
- Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois (Main Span)
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Approach Span)
Railroad
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Design
Trestle
112' Pratt Through Truss
54' Deck Girder
50' Deck Girder
Trestle
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 113.0 ft.
Total length: 580.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.98445, -94.35472   (decimal degrees)
41°59'04" N, 94°21'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/387776/4648937 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cooper
Inventory number
BH 52431 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 8, 2022: Updated by John Marvig: added relocation information
  • October 29, 2018: New Street View added by Luke
  • May 19, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • March 26, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Railroad"
  • May 11, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Image - During a special event in which they allowed a light tractor to cross the bridge with a trailer of people
  • Image
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

RRVT - Raccoon River Bridge (Near Jefferson)
Posted August 23, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
RRVT - Raccoon River Bridge (Near Jefferson)
Posted April 1, 2020, by Christopher Ciesla (n2rdp [at] n2rdp [dot] com)

I've attached a picture of the collapsed section that was taken April 1, 2020.

RRVT - Raccoon River Bridge (Near Jefferson)
Posted March 16, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A section of the long trestle approach collapsed last night. Fortunately, the steel components of this bridge were not damaged.