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MILW - Cedar River Bridge


Sad Remnants...

The former bridge site as viewed looking south from the neighboring Iowa Northern RR bridge, itself a leftover from the Rock Island. Two granger railroads which are now long gone...

Photo taken by Dylan VanAntwerp in June 2013


BH Photo #256274


Lost Warren Deck Truss bridge over Cedar River on Former Milwaukee Road
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa
Built 1905, widened in 1913, lost 1983
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
1-39'; 1-90' Deck Plate Girder
5-160' Warren deck trusses
94' Deck Plate Girder
Length of largest span: 160.0 ft.
Total length: 1,023.0 ft.
Also called
MILW Bridge #Z-814
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.02651, -91.73876   (decimal degrees)
42°01'35" N, 91°44'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/604410/4653489 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Rapids North
Inventory number
BH 53831 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2016: New photo from Luke
  • April 7, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added refined lost date from forum comment
  • August 15, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added photo information
  • July 29, 2013: New photos from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • June 15, 2013: New photo from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • April 16, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected build date.
  • March 12, 2013: New photo from John Marvig
  • March 10, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: added information
  • November 13, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated page
  • October 6, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • October 6, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Related Bridges 



MILW - Cedar River Bridge
Posted April 7, 2014, by Keel Clemmens (keel [dot] clemmens [at] gmail [dot] com)

The second Cedar River bridge was removed in June 1983. The remaining abutments and piers will not be affected by Iowa Highway 100 construction as the new highway bridge will be built north of both the MILW and current Iowa Northern (ex-CRIP, nee BCRN) bridge alignments.

MILW Cedar River Bridge
Posted April 16, 2013, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

The Milwaukee Road did a mass-abandonment in 1980, shedding off its entire Pacific Extension and also numerous lines in the Midwest. It was a desperate measure to shed off weaker lines and retreat to a financially solvent core system. Among the lines that were axed was the former E/W main across IA that went through Cedar Rapids. So the bridge was probably torn out within a short time following its 1980 abandonment date.

MILW Cedar River Bridge
Posted April 16, 2013, by Keel Clemmens (keel [dot] clemmens [at] gmail [dot] com)

It was built in 1905 and widened in 1912-13. The first bridge (1881-1905) across Cedar River was about a mile further south and the right-of-way sloped down the east side of the river. The grade and the piers can still can be seen today.

MILW Cedar River Bridge
Posted April 5, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Probably lost to the MILW needing money in its last days. Steel has scrap value.

MILW Cedar River Bridge
Posted April 5, 2013, by AR

Was this bridge lost to flooding in 1985, or lost to "progress?"

MILW Cedar River Bridge
Posted March 10, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

See the ruins before IA-100 is built over them