CGW - Des Moines River Bridge
You can see the remains of a builder's plate in this image
Photo taken by Jason Mrachina
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)
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BH Photo #231690
Originally built as a five span truss bridge in 1887, but was shortened to four spans during the 1901 rebuild. Original 1887 piers were rehabilitated in 1925 and 1945. Steel was rehabilitated in the 1970s. Information from site inventory, provided by Iowa SHPO.
- Lost abandoned Pratt Truss Bridge over Des Moines River
- Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
- Last of the four spans demolished on 11 September 2013.
- Built 1901, closed to railroad traffic in 2001; purchased by the city in 2002 for future trail usage, demolished in 2013
- - American Bridge Co. of New York (Chicago Office)
- - Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Chicago Great Western Railway (CGW)
- Four pin-connected, skewed Pratt through trusses, longest being 185', the three others being 180'
Length of largest span: 180.0 ft.
Total length: 720.0 ft.
- Also called
- CGW - Bell Ave Industrial Lead Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.57888, -93.60966 (decimal degrees)
41°34'44" N, 93°36'35" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/449177/4603201 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Des Moines SE
- Inventory number
- BH 49357 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- March 23, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added build date and builder from SHPO
- December 16, 2017: New photos from Luke
- January 27, 2017: New photo from Daniel Barnes
- June 29, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
- October 31, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
- September 12, 2013: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge has been demolished. Removal of piers and steel to be completed by the end of the year.
- July 3, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
- March 27, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
- November 11, 2012: New photos from John Marvig
- November 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: added correct build date as given by demolition worker
- November 8, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: it wasn't a collapse...its a removal...
- November 5, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge partiallöy collapsed after the pier failed. Future now uncertain
- October 31, 2012: New photo from Michael O'Brien
- July 23, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
- July 22, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated ownership as trhe city owns the bridge and the bridge is NRHP eligible
- July 2, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited descripetion & history, added future prospects.
- May 24, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Reverted name
- May 10, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Riveted"
- March 19, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Chicago & North Western Railway"
- February 10, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
- November 2, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
- October 7, 2011: Photo imported by Luke Harden
- October 2, 2011: Photos imported by Luke Harden
- August 15, 2011: Added by Luke Harden