CGW Bridge #F225

Railtop Culvert Bridge over Cattle Pass
Near Valeria, Jasper County, Iowa

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Name CGW Bridge #F225
Built By Chicago Great Western Railroad
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Jasper County
Length 6 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 5 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Rail Top Culvert
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built Ca. 1900
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
CGW Bridge Number F225
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date October 2016
In 1882, the Wisconsin, Iowa & Nebraska Railway began construction of "The Old Diagonal", a 112 mile rail line from Cedar Falls to Des Moines.
The work would be completed in late 1884, with the new diagonal line connecting the towns of Waterloo, Marshalltown and Des Moines.
In 1887, an expansion would lead towards Saint Joseph, Missouri.

By 1905, the line would become part of the Mason City & Fort Dodge Railway.
The Mason City & Fort Dodge would join the Chicago & Great Western Railway system in 1909.

By 1968, the Chicago & Great Western would be purchased by the Chicago & Northwestern Railway.

With a slowing freight economy for railroads during the 1980s, the C&NW would begin abandoning this line.
The first piece came in 1983, when the stretch from Bondurant to Marshalltown was abandoned.

The second and larger stretch came in 1988 when the stretch from Marshalltown to Cedar Falls would be abandoned.

While the Bondurant to Baxter (southwest of Marshalltown) section opened as an early rail trail in 1987.

By 2011, the stump to Bondurant from Des Moines would be abandoned, and has since became a part of the same trail.

Today, all of the line is abandoned, with the exception from the Baxter to Des Moines section, which is the Chichaqua Valley Trail.

This simple railtop culvert crosses a cattle pass near Valeria. The bridge sits along a rural segment of trail.
Built in approximately 1900, the bridge is likely the original structure at this location. The railtop culvert design is common for older culverts.
Overall, the stone arch remains in good condition. The bridge sits on stone substructures.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the smaller size.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge can be accessed from the trail above.


Source Type


Build Dates Estimated based on similar bridges
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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