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DRI&NW - Black Hawk Creek Trestle


Photo taken by Luke in December 2017


BH Photo #414715

Street View 


Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Black Hawk Creek on Davenport, Rock Island, & Northwestern Railroad
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa
- J.G. White Co.
- Clinton, Davenport, & Muscatine Railway (CD&M)
- Davenport & Muscatine Railway (D&M)
- Davenport, Rock Island, & Northwestern Railroad (DRI)
- Interurban
- United Light & Railways (UL&R)
Timber stringer
Also called
CD&M - Black Hawk Creek Trestle #8
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.51704, -90.62164   (decimal degrees)
41°31'01" N, 90°37'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/698459/4598886 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Davenport East
Inventory number
BH 66698 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 24, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • March 26, 2015: New Street View added by Luke



DRI&NW - Black Hawk Creek Trestle
Posted March 27, 2018, by Luke

If you trace the ROW westward from this spot using the GIS link below or historicaerials.com, you'll see that the trestle is indeed on the CD&W's ROW. as you'll see it crossing the Rock Island's Stockton-West Davenport line on the CD&M's overpass at what is now West Lake Park.

The trestle became an industrial spur on the DRI-Line at some point after the CD&M folded.

DRI&NW - Black Hawk Creek Trestle
Posted March 27, 2018, by Miles W. Rich (mileswrich [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge, if it was used by the DRI line, is not from the Interurban Clinton, Davenport and Muscatine Railway. It is from the Burlington, Cedar Rapids, and Northern line from Stockton to West Davenport that also followed Blackhawk Creek toward Westlake Park, also known as railroad Lake. This line was abandoned by The Rock Island lines in about 1928 as being unnecessary as there was little or no local traffic generated in Blue Grass, and the main line already ran from Stockton into Davenport.