Tama Rail Bridge

Through Girder Bridge over Deer Creek
Tama, Tama County, Iowa

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Name Tama Rail Bridge
Built By Chicago & Northwestern Railway
Contractor Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 210 Feet Total, 60 Foot Main Spans
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Through Plate Girder
Substructure Type Stone Masonry and Concrete
Date Built 1900
Traffic Count 75 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 133.26
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date November 2016
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western Iowa Division mainline, now part of the Overland Route:


This simple through girder bridge crosses Deer Creek in Tama.
Still in use, the bridge features four through girder spans. These spans rest on stone substructures.
The middle pier of this bridge is constructed of concrete. This could be due to a flood which washed out the previous pier. The bridge was raised at some point as well.
In an overall good condition, the bridge still carries a significant amount of traffic.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common and simple design.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date Lassig Bridge & Iron Works plaque
Contractor Lassig Bridge & Iron Works plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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