UP Richards Creek Arch

Stone Arch Bridge over Richards Creek
Ames, Story County, Iowa

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Name UP Richards Creek Arch
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 15 Feet Total
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Stone Arch
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1900
Traffic Count 75 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 186.20
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date October 2017
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western Iowa Division mainline, now part of the Overland Route:


This standard stone arch bridge crosses Richards Creek on the east side of Ames, near I-35 and the Barilla Plant.
The structure was built in 1900 due to double tracking through the area.
Featuring a standard design, the bridge remains in fair condition.

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


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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