UP Clear Creek Arch (Ames)

Stone Arch Bridge over Clear Creek
Ames, Story County, Iowa

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Name UP Clear Creek Arch (Ames)
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 14 Feet Total
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Stone Arch
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1882, Extended 1900
Traffic Count 75 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 190.85
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 stone arch bridge carries the Union Pacific mainline across Clear Creek.
The structure is located between the Iowa State University communications building and 13th Street.
Built in 1882 and extended in 1900, the arch uses a standardized design. It was widened for the impending double tracking of the mainline, which would be completed in 1901.

Historic Photo
Historic photo of the bridge. Credit to PhotoLibrarian on Flickr, used with Creative Commons permission.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common nature of the design throughout the area.
Fortunately, this bridge remains in good condition. The photo above is an overview.
The structure can be accessed Pammel Woods, and various local foot trails.


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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