UP W. Indian Creek Bridge (North)

Stone Arch Bridge over West Indian Creek
Nevada, Story County, Iowa

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Name UP W. Indian Creek Bridge (North)
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 40 Feet Total
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 24 Feet
Superstructure Type Stone Arch
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1890, Widened 1899
Traffic Count 75 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 181.45
Significance Moderate Significance
Documentation Date October 2016
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western Iowa Division mainline, now part of the Overland Route:


Crossing over West Indian Creek behind a neighborhood in Nevada is this massive stone arch.
It was originally built in 1890, and widened in 1899 due to an imminent double tracking project. Along the Chicago-Omaha route, this is believed to be the largest single span stone arch.
The bridge remains intact with virtually no significant alterations. The addition to a concrete barrier and some minor patch work are the only observable modifications.

The author has ranked the bridge as being moderately significant, due to the size of the arch.
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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