UP W. Indian Creek Bridge (South)

Deck Girder Bridge over West Indian Creek
Nevada, Story County, Iowa

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Name UP W. Indian Creek Bridge (South)
Built By Des Moines, Iowa Falls & Northern Railroad
Contractor American Bridge Company of New York
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 153 Feet Total, 75 Foot Largest Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 25 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Deck Plate Girder
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1901
Traffic Count 15 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 106.90
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date October 2016
In 1913, the St. Paul and Kansas City Short Line Railroad built a line directly between Des Moines, Iowa and Mason City, Iowa.
This route immediately became a part of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific. Connecting to St. Paul, Minnesota on the north and Kansas City to the south; the route was known as the Rock Island Spine Line.
Despite the great routing of the line, the Rock Island oftentimes faced financial issues, which led to deferred maintenance of this route.

By the time a judge ordered liquidation of the Rock Island assets, the route was in poor condition. The Chicago & North Western Railway and Soo Line Railroad entered a bidding war to win the Spine Line and its connections to Kansas City.
After the C&NW came out victorious, over a year was spent rebuilding the line to get it back into operating condition. The route opened in 1983, and provided the C&NW with a direct connection to Kansas City.
At Nevada, Iowa; a connection was built to the Clinton Subdivision to allow a connection between major routes. This connection opened up in 1983.
In 1995, the C&NW was purchased by Union Pacific. Today, Union Pacific continues to operate this line as the Mason City Subdivision.

Crossing over West Indian Creek in Nevada is this simple deck girder structure.
It was built in 1901 as the St. Paul-Kansas City Short Line built through Nevada. After falling into Rock Island possession, it is possible that the bridge had some minor alterations.
Containing three deck girder spans, the bridge rests on large concrete substructures.

The author has ranked the bridge as being locally significant, due to the common nature of this design.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge can be accessed from a trail underneath.


Source Type


Build Date Construction of Route
Contractor Missing American Bridge Company plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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