Melbourne Railroad Bridge

Concrete Arch Bridge over Railroad Street
Melbourne, Marshall County, Iowa

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Name Melbourne Railroad Bridge
Built By Chicago Great Western Railroad
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Private Owner (Unknown)
Length 20 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 15 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Concrete Arch
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1906
Date Removed 2015
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is Removed)
Current Status Removed
Significance Locally Significant
Documentation Date April 2014
A brief history of the Chicago Great Western route to Kansas City:


This basic concrete arch was likely built around 1910 to replace an older timber trestle.
When the bridge was abandoned, it was just left to deteriorate. Much of the berm was removed from it at some point, exposing the roof of it.
The overall health of the structure is poor. The walls have serious cracks in them, and the roof has holes.
The author has ranked the bridge as locally significant due to the landmark status of it.

Otherwise, the bridge appears to retain good historical integrity. The photo above is an overview.

The bridge was removed due to safety concerns in 2015.


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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