CN White Fox Road Bridge

Through Girder Bridge over White Fox Road
Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa

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Name CN White Fox Road Bridge
Built By Illinois Central Railroad
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Canadian National Railway
Length 40 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 13 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Through Girder
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1904
Traffic Count 3 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
CN Bridge Number 355.0
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date October 2017
In 1866, the Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad began expanding their existing mainline west, from Cedar Falls to Iowa Falls.
This route connected to Dubuque Chicago on the east, making it an important route. In 1867, Illinois Central began to lease the D&SC.

In 1869, the Iowa Falls and Sioux City Railroad continued construction west, reaching Sioux City by the end of 1870.
This new construction was in response to a fear by the directors of the D&SC that the Illinois Central would lose interest in the company. Reaching Sioux City promised a large volume of traffic into Chicago.
The route helped develop several major Iowa towns, including Iowa Falls, Fort Dodge and Cherokee.

In 1888, the IF&SC was merged into the D&SC. By 1900, new connections would be open to Omaha, Sioux Falls and Onawa.

Relatively uncommon in the modern world of railroading, the Illinois Central did not fully consume the D&SC until 1946. Despite this, virtually every project was Illinois Central funded until then.
Immediately after this, the IC went to work rebuilding numerous older truss bridges along the line. This route served as the western mainline for the Illinois Central, which had grown to be considerable in size.
In 1972, the IC merged with the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad to form the Illinois Central Gulf. The ICG dissolved back into the Illinois Central in 1988.

The entire western main line and associated branch lines of the IC were sold to a railroad known as the Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad in 1985.
Just 11 years later, the route would again be purchased by Illinois Central. By 1999, the Illinois Central was purchased by Canadian National.
In 2017, Canadian National operates the Cedar Falls-Fort Dodge segment of this line as the Waterloo Subdivision.

This standard through girder bridge crosses White Fox Road in Webster City.
The bridge contains a single span, set onto concrete substructures.
Still in fair condition, the bridge is painted a red color. The substructures of the bridge have severe spalling and deterioration issues.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design and newer age.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge can be accessed from the road below.


Source Type


Build Date Illinois Central 1972 Iowa Division Track Profile
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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