DM&E Clear Creek Bridge (Lansing)

Through Girder Bridge over Clear Creek
Lansing, Allamakee County, Iowa

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Name DM&E Clear Creek Bridge (Lansing)
Built By Chicago, Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific Railway
Contractor American Bridge Company of New York
Currently Owned By Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Length 90 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Through Plate Girder
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1939
Traffic Count 8 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
MILW Bridge Number K-526
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date December 2014
In 1871, the Chicago, Dubuque and Minnesota Railway began construction of the line from River Junction, Minnesota to Dubuque, Iowa.

At the same time, the Chicago, Clinton & Dubuque built from Dubuque to Sabula Junction. Combined, this line created a considerable sized line, able to connect to Saint Paul and Milwaukee from the North, and Chicago, Cedar Rapids and Davenport on the South.
Combined, the lines totalled 180 miles along the Mississippi River.

By 1880, both lines became part of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway. They operated this as a mainline, as they understood the importance of the connection.

In addition, the line extended to Davenport and eventually Kansas City.

In 1913, pending the pacific extension, the road name was lengthened to the Chicago, Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific Railway (Milwaukee Road).

With the Milwaukee Road struggling heavily in the 1980s, they were purchased by the Soo Line in 1985. The Soo became part of the Canadian Pacific in the same year.
In 1997, the Canadian Pacific sold this line, and many others to the I&M Rail Link, which couldn't turn a profit. They were reorganized into the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern in 2002, which became affiliated with the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern.

In 2008, the DM&E became part of the Canadian Pacific again, who currently operates it as a subsidiary. It is currently known as the Marquette Subdivision.

Located in the town of Lansing, this small through girder bridge crosses Clear Creek along Front Street.
Built in 1939, likely to replace an older girder, this structure consists of a single through girder span, set onto concrete substructures. It follows a standard design for the time.
Currently, the bridge is operated by Canadian Pacific subsidiary Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern.
The bridge in the background is the Blackhawk Bridge, which carries IA-9 and WI-82 across the Mississippi.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in good condition.

The author has ranked the bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is looking north along the bridge.


Source Type


Build Date American Bridge Company plaque
Contractor American Bridge Company plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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