David Sebben posted five pictures with the comment:
Several postings here have shown the first railroad bridge over the Mississippi River between Rock Island, IL and Davenport, IA, but how about the rail that once carried trains from that bridge? Sticking out of the original embankment is a rail and several ties from that historically significant bridge of the Rock Island Railroad. Included are the subsequent bridges at or near that location in the Quad-Cities.
|2: 1856 to 1866, Bridge Hunter, see below about Abraham Lincols, built a little upstream of the current bridge|
|3: 1866-1872, Bridge Hunter, tornado damage in 1868, used the same piers that were built for the first bridge|
|4: I can't find info on this one. It must be 1872-1896 but it does not look strong enough|
Reposted by Chuck Edmonson: "Under construction around 1872."
|5, current bridge, built 1896 and rehabilitated in 1983 and 1997|
This account disagrees with all other accounts that I have read --- Abraham Lincoln, who was on retainer by the Rock Island, defended the railroad from the steamboat owners's suit claiming the bridge was a navigation hazard. That trail ended with a hung jury. Then the Rock Island counter sued and won.[Andy Wellman posting] The dispute did go to the Supreme Court, but Abraham was not involved with their general ruling that railroads have a right to bridge a navigable stream.
|Quad-City Times: A drawing of the first Mississippi River rail crossing.|
|Andy Wellman shared|
Jim A. Fuhrmann One account some time ago I read revealed that Lincoln defended the Rock Island in a case in which the currents around the bridge were an issue and he went to the location in question and found a twelve year old boy who lived near there and frequently visited the river. He brought up a conversation with the boy and found out in twenty minutes every thing the boy knew about the flow of the waters in the river and found that it was as the boy said. The story concludes that Lincoln was able to use evidence he acquired from the boy to catch the boat company in a lie and win the case.
|Chuck Edmonson posted|
The third bridge of the Rock Island Arsenal constructed in 1872. Differing from the two previous spans, it was 'double-decked' with rail traffic above and pedestrian and wagon traffic below. Looking towards Illinois, it was very ornate up top, complete with eagle.
Dave Gudewicz Maybe an optical illusion, but it looks like there's a bend to the right in the tracks/bridge.
Chuck Edmonson There was a slight curve heading onto the bridge through an area known as Traders Vista. This bridge lasted but two decades, replaced by the current span. The draw span adjoined the Illinois side.