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Government Bridge

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Description 

This bridge was destroyed by a icy flood storm after testing of the completion of this double decker.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Mississippi River on Railroad and Road
Location
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, and Rock Island County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge because of an icy flood storm
History
Built 1872, Replaced 1895
Builders
- Baltimore Bridge Co. of Baltimore, Maryland
- Charles Shaler Smith of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Chief Engineer)
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland
Railroad
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
Design
Pratt through truss swing
Dimensions
Total length: 1,950.5 ft.
Also called
Third Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.51841, -90.56640   (decimal degrees)
41°31'06" N, 90°33'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/703065/4599167 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Davenport East
Inventory number
BH 55673 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 17, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 23, 2017: New photo from Dave King
  • March 1, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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