Ditch #38 Trail Bridge

Steel Stringer Bridge over Drainage Ditch #38
Santiago, Polk County, Iowa

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Name Ditch #38 Trail Bridge
Built By Chicago Great Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Polk County
Length 116 Feet Total, 35 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Steel Stringer and Trestle
Substructure Type Timber and Steel Pile
Date Built Unknown
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
Significance Minimal Significance
Documentation Date February 2020
A brief history of the Chicago Great Western route to Kansas City:


Located near the whistle stop of Santiago, this small beam and trestle bridge crosses Ditch #38.
Little is known about the history of the bridge, although it appears that the beam span was installed to replace two or three other trestle spans, possibly in the 1970s. The beam span is approached by trestle on either side, and sits on steel pilings.
It is possible that the beam also may have come from somewhere else. Empty holes at the end of the span possibly indicate this.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in fair condition, with some deterioration noted on the timber components of the bridge.

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


Source Type


Build Date Estimated
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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