The line was instead built to the Mississippi River at Fulton. The Mississippi River was a major barrier for any railroad at the time. Earlier that year the Rock Island Railroad had started the bridge across the Mississippi in Rock Island.
The railroad used a ferry for many years to cross the Mississippi River.
The line was built across the river in 1865 and completed into Clinton. The Iowa & Nebraska Railroad continued building west from Clinton in 1856 and it was completed to Omaha in 1867.
The line was instrumental in the connection to the west coast. It was part of the transcontinental railroad.
It eventually became a part of the Chicago & Northwestern System.
In 1884, the C&NW undertook a major project to double track the line. It was double tracked as far as Sterling in 1898, and Omaha by 1901.
The C&NW operated this as a mainline. The Geneva Subdivision, as it was known extended from Clinton, Iowa to Chicago.
In 1995, the Union Pacific purchased the C&NW. They continue to operate this line with a steady traffic base as their Geneva Subdivision.
This oddly designed girder bridge over Chase Road once contained no flanges on the exterior.
Built in 1910, the bridge was replaced by a new structure in 2016.
The bridge once had a pair of deck girder spans, set onto severely spalled concrete substructures. In 2016, the bridge was replaced by a two span I-Beam bridge.
When removed, the bridge was in poor condition. It was likely replaced as Union Pacific continues to upgrade this route.
The author ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design and newer age.
The photo above is an overview.