C&NW Honey Creek Bridge

Lost Deck Girder Bridge over Honey Creek
East of Moingona, Boone County, Iowa

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Name C&NW Honey Creek Bridge
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Ruins Currently Owned By Boone County
Length 60 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Deck Plate Girder
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1912
Date Removed 1930
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is Removed)
Current Status Removed
C&NW Bridge Number 621
Significance Moderate Significance
Documentation Date August 2013
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western Iowa Division mainline, now part of the Overland Route:


This is the site of the train accident on that fateful 1881 night where Kate Shelley made her heroic run.

The Shelley homestead was not far from this bridge. This bridge was built in 1912 to replace a pony truss, which replaced the collapsed trestle.

The pony truss likely found its way onto a local road over the current Union Pacific line. C&NW rebuilt a lot of railroad pony trusses for road use.

When I went here on a guided tour in August 2013, Ames and Central Iowa had been hit with a powerful thunderstorm the night before, so Honey Creek had flooded.
The ruins are on county property. One can walk a foot path from Montana Road. The photo above is looking at the west abutment.
The author has ranked this bridge as being moderately significant, due to the history at this location.


Source Type


Build Date Chicago & North Western Railway Historical Society Archives
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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