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Ottumwa Wabash Bridge


Wabash Bridge Looking Upstream on Downtown Side of River

Photo taken morning after vandals set fire to the wood deck

Photo taken by Bob Davis on November 21, 2008

BH Photo #135298


Street View 


Officially Wabash Bridge #2224B


Through truss pedestrian bridge over Des Moines River on former Wabash RR in Ottumwa
Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa
Open to pedestrians/bicycles
Built 1888, North span of the bridge collapsed February 13, 1973; Converted into a pedestrian bridge 2007
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan
- Norfolk & Western Railway (NW)
- Ottumwa Terminal Railroad (OTT)
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Main Spans:
-Three pin connected pratt through trusses
-One pony plate girder
Approach Spans:
-timber stringer/pile trestle
-steel stringer/I-beam
Length of largest span: 159.3 ft.
Total length: 773.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Also called
Wabash - Des Moines River Bridge (Ottumwa)
Wabash Railroad Bridge #2224B
Wabash - Ottumwa Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.01239, -92.41077   (decimal degrees)
41°00'45" N, 92°24'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/549545/4540299 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ottumwa North
Inventory number
BH 41291 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 21, 2020: New photos from John Marvig
  • May 24, 2020: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 26, 2014: New photo from James Holzmeier
  • October 21, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Updated bridge builder & changed date of completion from 1881 to 1888. Added bridge plans to Images.
  • October 19, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Updated bridge dimensions
  • February 21, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • August 16, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 13, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added dimensions
  • July 30, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added probable build date
  • April 17, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Ottumwa Terminal Railroad"
  • February 21, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Norfolk & Western Railway"
  • August 27, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "8-panel truss"
  • April 6, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Rail-to-trail", "Wabash Railroad"
  • August 2, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • March 12, 2009: Added by Bob Davis


  • Bob Davis - bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • James Holzmeier - wabashry [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Ottumwa Wabash Bridge
Posted May 23, 2020, by Luke
Ottumwa Wabash Bridge
Posted October 26, 2014, by James Holzmeier (wabashry [at] gmail [dot] com)

The north span of the bridge fell into the Des Moines River early on February 13, 1973. The collapse isolated a MILW Fairbanks-Morse switch engine on the south side of the river for awhile. The collapsed span was replaced with the girder span by January, 1975. Source: Michael Johns

Wabash Ottumwa Bridge
Posted January 16, 2014, by Don Morrison

Here's a new feature to add to the website for 2014. A spot for bridgecams.

Here's one:


Updated at 15 second intervals, rotating views.


Ottumwa Wabash Bridge
Posted September 24, 2013, by Tim Courtney (Timothycourtney [at] gmail [dot] com)

The fourth truss span fell into the river secondary to a rail car derailment bringing loads across the river from John Deere in early 70's.