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CP - Sabula Bridge


Sabula, IA-Savanna, IL Rail Bridge

Photo taken by Ed Ahlf in January 2012

BH Photo #223359


Through truss bridge over Mississippi River on Canadian Pacific Railway
Sabula, Jackson County, Iowa, and Carroll County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1906; West Approach Upgraded Ca. 1930
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Charles Frederick Loweth of Cleveland, Ohio
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad (DME)
- Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad (ICE)
1-30' Steel Stringer
3-55' Deck Girders
1-260' Pin Connected Through Truss Swing Span
1-256' Pin Connected Parker Through Truss
4-215' Pin Connected Pratt Through Trusses
5 various Deck Girder spans
Length of largest span: 360.0 ft.
Total length: 1,967.0 ft.
Also called
CPR - Sabula Bridge
MILW Bridge #Z-496
MILW - Sabula Bridge
IMRL - Sabula Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.06419, -90.16595   (decimal degrees)
42°03'51" N, 90°09'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/734483/4660789 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 48601 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 18, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 14, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information and builder
  • February 24, 2020: New photos from Steve Conro
  • February 5, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 23, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • May 23, 2018: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 16, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • September 16, 2016: New photo from Dave King
  • February 7, 2016: Updated by Luke: Removed builder: Wrong entry
  • November 5, 2015: New photos from Steve Conro
  • June 4, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added Engineer
  • August 24, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 14, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • July 26, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • March 23, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad", "Iowa, Chicago, and Eastern Railroad", "Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern Railroad", "Canadian Pacific Railway", "Navigable waterway"
  • January 17, 2012: New photos from John Imel
  • January 15, 2012: New photo from Ed Ahlf
  • April 12, 2011: Added by Frank Hicks

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Sabula Rail Bridge
Posted February 3, 2013, by Richard Behrens (rfbehrens [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Starting in Feb 1952 I was an operater on this swing bridge, and had this job on and off until 1960. When I first started, when closing the bridge after a boat had passed thru, the operaters had to walk from the cabin to the west end of the bridge, go down a ladder, step on a small platform under the rails just above the river to check to see that a huge round bottom pin had dropped a small distance into a slot, before we went back to the cabin to force the rails all the way down. If we closed the bridge to fast the pin would slip over the slot... I would like to know if that pin was cast iron or steel.... Sometimes when checking this pin location, it could be scary, if it was raining, snowing, and dark outside.

R Behrens