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CeMar Trail - Indian Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Dave Hockett

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BH Photo #240930

Street View 


Deck plate girder bridge over Indian Creek on CeMar Trail
Marion, Linn County, Iowa
Open to pedestrians
Future prospects
Built 1915; Substructure rebuilt 2021 for trail use reusing orignal girders
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad (CC)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 305.0 ft.
Also called
MILW Bridge #Z-798
MILW - Indian Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.03312, -91.61201   (decimal degrees)
42°01'59" N, 91°36'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/614891/4654384 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 53722 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 25, 2021: Updated by Luke: Changed name to reflect trail use.
  • September 1, 2021: Updated by Luke: Edited entry to reflect that the substructure was replaced and that the original girders exist, meaning the structure was not actually "lost".
  • September 1, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: bridge has been rebuilt using the original girders but new substructures
  • May 27, 2021: New photo from Luke
  • May 27, 2021: New Street View added by Dave King
  • May 2, 2021: Updated by Dave King: Updated status; replaced
  • April 4, 2021: New photos from Dave King
  • April 2, 2021: Updated by Dave King: Updated status: Bridge being taken down
  • May 31, 2020: Updated by Luke: Bridge will not be reused as part of trail; Bridge will be demolished and replaced
  • July 28, 2015: New photos from Dave King
  • August 14, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 13, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added build date and dimensions
  • October 4, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • October 2, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Related Bridges 



MILW - Indian Creek Bridge
Posted April 4, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Iíve thought this is a cool project. Unfortunate that they didnít reuse the bridge as is (ďwe couldnít find plans so we didnít know what we were dealing withĒ), but reusing the steel is a good alternative. However, itís worth noting that the original bridge wasnít in awful condition, and Iíve seen much worse end up on trails.

MILW - Indian Creek Bridge
Posted July 17, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Bridge will be demolished in the coming weeks. From what I understand, the girders will be reused somehow on the new bridge (probably as decorations?), and the center pier will be retained for the new bridge. The old abutments will be demolished.

MILW Indian Creek Bridge
Posted October 4, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

This bridge is almost EXACTLY like another Milwaukee Road one in Carver County, Minnesota. Only this one still has the parallel track...