The bridge consists of four skewed, pin connected, 7 panel, pratt through truss spans with X Frame Portal Bracing.
The center pier was encased with cement at some point.
The line here was built 1887, and the everything was from then, except the concrete encasing around the east abutment and pier #2. The bridge was abandoned 2001 when the Bell Avenue Industrial Lead was abandoned. This was abandoned due to this bridge, which had significantly deteriorated.
A large section of deck on span #2 was burned, and later completely washed out by high water.
The bridge was also elligable for the National Register of Historic Places. Along with this, it completely went under water in major floods, making matters worse.
To this day, I swear there wasn't a single bad angle on this bridge. It was one of only a few with almost all good angles.
The stone piers were crumbling and the concrete is slipping off of the encased pier. It is a truly sad sight.
According to Mike, who I knew from Carver, the bridge was built in 1887. That date given to him by Union Pacific.
The photo above is looking from the next bridge downstream. This bridge is in the foreground. Downtown Des Moines is directly behind this. This angle would have been a really cool shot to take at night.
In addition, here is my coverage on the removal of the bridge
CGW Des Moines River Bridge Demolition
Des Moines River Railroad Bridges
|Upstream||CBQ Des Moines River Bridge|
|Downstream||Union Pacific Des Moines River Bridge at Hartford Avenue|