Devils Hollow Rail Crossing

Through Girder Bridge over Union Pacific Railroad and Indian Creek
East of Nevada, Story County, Iowa

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Name Devils Hollow Rail Crossing
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor American Bridge Company of New York
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 137 Feet Total, 68 Foot Spans
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 25 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Through and Deck Plate Girder
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1900 and 1902
Traffic Count 75 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 177.38
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date October 2016 and January 2022
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western Iowa Division mainline, now part of the Overland Route:


This dual span girder bridge crosses over Indian Creek and the Union Pacific mainline just east of Nevada.
The bridge was built in 1900 as a dual span deck girder bridge due to a double tracking project through the area. In 1902, the through girder was added to replace a deck girder span.
It however appears that the through girder span is also original to the bridge, leading the author to question the interesting design.
Immediately to the east is another bridge, the UP County E41 Bridge.
The substructures of the bridge are made in stone. This is typical of this generation of bridges along this line.

The author has ranked the bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge can be seen from County Road E41.


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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