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Wabash - English Creek Bridge


Wabash Railroad Bridge #2889

Wabash Railroad Bridge #2889 over English Creek

Photo taken by James Holzmeier in October 2014

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #296937



Bridge renewed 1905, per Wabash Bridge & Building book. The original 1891 bridge at this location was replaced by this Whipple Through Truss span in 1916. This Whipple span was originally "Span A" of Wabash Bridge #499 over the Grand River at Brunswick, Missouri.

Further research has turned up that this Whipple span was replaced in 1932 by a 163' deck plate girder span, which lasted until the time of the line abandonment account of Lake Red Rock project (1968)


Lost Whipple truss bridge over English Creek on former Wabash RR
Harvey, Marion County, Iowa
Demolished with piers remaining
Original 92' Howe truss bridge at this location built 1891; replaced 1916 with this bridge; replaced 1932 with a 163' DPG span (removed 1968 account of line abandonment for Lake Red Rock project)
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Whipple through truss
Total length: 157.8 ft.
Deck width: 16.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 22.0 ft.
Also called
Wabash Railroad Bridge #2889
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.32536, -92.92736   (decimal degrees)
41°19'31" N, 92°55'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/506078/4574879 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 56087 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1916 (697)
Built during 1910s (9,704)
Harvey, Iowa (2)
Iowa (6,544)
Lost (25,212)
Lost 1932 (55)
Lost during 1930s (648)
Marion County, Iowa (125)
Owned by railroad (12,585)
Railroad (15,650)
Through truss (15,263)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,946)
Truss (33,102)
Wabash Railroad (575)
Whipple truss (390)

Update Log 

  • December 23, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Updated history and description with new information regarding the replacement of this span
  • October 26, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Updated Description to reflect that this was the SECOND bridge at this location, coming from Missouri as a replacement for the original span.
  • October 3, 2014: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated bridge design
  • October 2, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added bridge measurements
  • October 2, 2014: Updated by Luke: Edited type
  • April 23, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Wabash Railroad", "railroad"

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Wabash - English Creek Bridge
Posted October 2, 2014, by Luke

Thanks for the blueprint James Holzmeier!