Lake Park Trail Bridge (Middle)

Concrete Encased Beam Bridge over Soldier Creek
Lake Park, Dickinson County, Iowa

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Name Lake Park Trail Bridge (Middle)
Built By Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Dickinson County
Length 12 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Concrete Encased Beam
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1902
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date April 2018
In 1884, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls and Northwestern Railway Company built a line from Lake Park, Iowa towards Watertown, South Dakota.

However in 1888, the CRIF&N built another branch from Ellsworth, Minnesota (near the State Line) to Sioux Falls.

The Sioux Falls branch crossed through Rock Rapids and Larchwood before coming into Sioux Falls from the Southeast.

The CRIF&N would become part of the Burlingon, Cedar Rapids & Northern in 1902.

The BCR&N would be swallowed by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific in 1903, which was commonly known as the Rock Island.

The Rock Island operated many of the Southwest branch lines until the late 1970s, as they began their rapid decent into bankruptcy. This one was abandoned in 1977.

Today, some pieces of the BCR&N still survive. Bridges in Sioux Falls and Rock Rapids mark a time past.

This small concrete encased beam bridge crosses Soldier Creek near 150th Avenue.
Built in 1902, the bridge initially appears to be a culvert. However, upon closer inspection it is actually a small concrete encased beam bridge, set onto concrete substructures.
Commonly used to cross small streams, this bridge likely replaced a simple wooden trestle. The bridge features only one decorative feature, the use of curved abutments at the joint with the superstructure.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in fair to poor condition, with significant substructure damage. The structure received rehabilitation in 2018, as it is planned to carry the Tatonka Ska Trace Trail.

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

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