Abandoned Clanton Creek Bridge (South)

Deck Plate Girder Bridge over Clanton Creek
St. Charles, Madison County, Iowa

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Name Abandoned Clanton Creek Bridge (South)
Built By Chicago Great Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Private Owner
Length 150 Feet Total, 50 Foot Main Spans
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 20 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Deck Plate Girder and Trestle
Substructure Type Stone Masonry, Concrete and Timber Pile
Date Built Ca. 1905
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is Abandoned)
Current Status Abandoned
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date November 2016
A brief history of the Chicago Great Western route to Kansas City:


Located near St. Charles, this large girder bridge crosses Clanton Creek.
Built in approximately 1905, likely to replace an older iron bridge, this structure features two deck girder spans, set onto stone and concrete substructures. In addition, the bridge is approached by trestle.
After floods between 2015 and 2016, the creek has carved a new channel to the north of this bridge. Fortunately, this has resulted in the bridge crossing dry land, although the fill under the north approach has washed out.
Unfortunately, no date could be found on the bridge. While the majority of the bridge is in fair condition, the north approach is failing.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in fair condition. It is currently privately owned, and was accessed with permission.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date Estimated
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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