Stanwood Stone Arch

Double Stone Arch Bridge over Rock Creek
Stanwood, Cedar County, Iowa

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Name Stanwood Stone Arch
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 50 Feet Total, 25 Foot Spans
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Stone Arch
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1892
Traffic Count 75 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 52.27
Significance Moderate Significance
Documentation Date December 2017
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western Iowa Division mainline, now part of the Overland Route:


This large stone arch bridge crosses Rock Creek on the west side of Stanwood.
Built in 1892, the bridge is one of a few large scale double stone arch bridges in Iowa.
In addition, the bridge currently continues to carry a double track mainline.
Overall, the bridge is in good condition. Some preventative maintenance has occurred overtime, including jacketing some stones.

The author has ranked this bridge as being moderately significant, due to the old age and large arches.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


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

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