UP 6th Street Bridge (Ames)

Deck Girder Bridge over 6th Street
Ames, Story County, Iowa

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Name UP 6th Street Bridge (Ames)
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 60 Feet Total
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 13 Feet 5 Inches
Superstructure Type Deck Plate Girder
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1900
Traffic Count 75 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 189.70
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 standard deck girder bridge crosses 6th Street, near the UP Ioway Creek Bridge.
The bridge was originally constructed to carry the Chicago & North Western over a small creek. The bridge was eventually used to cross 6th Street.
It is set onto concrete encased stone substructures. It was built in 1900 for a double tracking project. A previous bridge at this location was likely a wooden trestle.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
Fortunately, this bridge remains in good condition. The photo above is an overview.
The structure can be accessed from the road below.


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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