UP Bridge #17.83

Stone Arch Bridge over Unnamed Creek
DeWitt, Clinton County, Iowa

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Name UP Bridge #17.83
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 6 Feet Total
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 5 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Stone Arch
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1890
Traffic Count 75 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 17.83
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date December 2017
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western Iowa Division mainline, now part of the Overland Route:


This large stone arch bridge crosses an unnamed creek just east of DeWitt.
Built in 1890, the bridge is a rather small stone arch. Despite this, it is considerably aged and one of the older structures along this line.
In addition, the bridge currently continues to carry a double track mainline.
Overall, the bridge is in good condition. An extra headwall has been added to the bridge to prevent ballast from falling in the water.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the old age and small arch.
The photo above is an overview. It can be accessed from a parallel road.


Source Type


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

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