Mill Creek Stone Arch

Stone Arch Bridge over Mill Creek
Moingona, Boone County, Iowa

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Name Mill Creek Stone Arch
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By City of Moingona
Length 10 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 12 Feet
Superstructure Type Stone Arch
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1881
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is Abandoned)
Current Status Abandoned
Significance Moderate Significance
Documentation Date March 2013 (Photo 1); November 2017 (Photos 2-15)
In 1859, the Cedar Rapids & Missouri River Railroad charted a line from Cedar Rapids to Council Bluffs via Ames.

This line was built with the intent that it would connect to the line under construction on the east end at Cedar Rapids and to the line which would be constructed to the pacific coast on the west side.

The work was completed linking eastern and western Iowa by 1867. By 1884, the line had fallen to the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, linking Chicago to the pacific coast.

In 1899, the line was becoming increasingly busy. A huge project was undertaken to double track the whole thing from Chicago to Omaha.

The old Moingona line was ripped out in 1930.

Today, the Boone Subdivision starts at Boone and heads through Jefferson and Carroll before splitting into two at Missouri Valley. One line heads towards Blair, Nebraska while the other heads towards Omaha.

The line sees a constant bombardment of 90+ trains/day, reaching about 115 to 120 on a good day.

This little bridge is the lesser known one in Moingona.
Built in 1881, this bridge is located in downtown Moingona, several yards north of the Depot.
The thing about 1881? Thats when Kate Shelley made the legendary run to Moingona, the location of this bridge.
Overall, the bridge is in a satisfactory condition. The bottoms appear very scoured out, although the bridge its self is in good condition.
The other half of the date stone is gone. It is unknown if it was intentionally vandalized or just weathered off.

This bridge is a great example of an early stone arch. Fortunately, it is easily accessible.
The author has ranked the bridge as being moderately significant, due to the history and older design of the bridge.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date Chicago & North Western Railway Historical Society Archives
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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