Sunday, July 21, 2019

Moved 1888 Whipple truss over BSNF/Santa Fe yard in Fort Madison, IA

(Bridge Hunter; Historic Bridges; John MarvigSatellite)

John Marvig posted
Originally located on the double track Santa Fe main line, this bridge was constructed in 1888 to cross the I&M canal near downtown Chicago, east of Damen Avenue. The canal was filled in the early 1930s, and the unique Whipple Through Truss was moved to Shopton (Ft. Madison, Iowa) to serve as an overpass over the rail yards in 1934. Today, it remains virtually unchanged since being installed in Iowa. An additional girder span on the north end came from railroad origins at an unknown location.
Dennis DeBruler commented on John's post
This 1915 map shows that the IC and Santa Fe crossed the I&M Canal a little west of Robey Street, which was renamed to Damen Street.

Dennis DeBruler commented on John's post
I added a red line to this satellite image to show where I think the bridge was in Chicago.,-87.../data=!3m1!1e3

Dennis DeBruler commented on John's post
This 1938 aerial photo shows what IC and Santa Fe built after they filled in the canal. On the right where there are tracks in a big concrete apron was the Chicago Produce Terminal.

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