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UP - Salt Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Steve Conro in September 2020


BH Photo #482400



Quadrangular Through truss bridge over Salt Creek on UPRR (Former C&NW) SE of Mason City
Mason County, Illinois, and Menard County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1913, Approaches Added Ca. 1920
- American Bridge Co. of New York (approaches)
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
Quadrangular Through truss over creek with 20 span deck girder approach on the south and 28 span deck girder approach on the north
Length of largest span: 130.0 ft.
Total length: 2,018.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Also called
C&NW Bridge #1085
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.15495, -89.64485   (decimal degrees)
40°09'18" N, 89°38'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/274733/4448309 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mason City
Inventory number
BH 50910 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 27, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added information
  • September 27, 2020: New photos from Steve Conro
  • February 16, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added category "Chicago & North Western Railway"
  • January 12, 2012: Added by Steve Conro



UP - Salt Creek Bridge
Posted September 27, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I agree. At least some of the deck girders were added in the 1920s. It seems that a lot of stuff was upgraded about 10 years after this line was originally built. I didnít realize it was fairly tall as well. The piers are unusual, Iím not sure Iíve ever seen anything like that before on a railroad bridge. Even with the safety platforms, Iím not sure I would even attempt to walk over this one. Iím not sure what kind of traffic comes down this line either.

UP - Salt Creek Bridge
Posted September 27, 2020, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This was far more impressive up close than on Google Earth. Huge undertaking back in the middle of no where. I'm guessing current approach structures added later?? Input?? Had it not been for the small decks about every 125' you wouldn't even attempt it.