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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

Air Travel: 1902

Air Travel: 1902

Iowa circa 1902. "Chicago & North Western Railway -- steel viaduct over Des Moines River." 8x10 glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Different bridge

If I recall correctly, The Boone Scenic Valley Railroad uses the bridge with their steam engine train rides.
No, the high bridge on the B&SVRR is another one, on what was formerly the line of the Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern RR. The two bridges aren't very far from each other, though.

Kate Shelley High Bridge

In Yell, Iowa. Still standing today:

Bing bird's-eye view: http://binged.it/HFBtXS

Named for a heroic 19th century woman who saved a lot of lives after a bridge collapse.

Still there

The Kate Shelley High Bridge. Its still there and is a sight to see. Union Pacific railroad just recently finished a new parallel bridge but left the original in place. If I recall correctly, The Boone Scenic Valley Railroad uses the bridge with their steam engine train rides. Ive taken one of those rides and its amazing.

Thank Goodness

it's not made from Rearden Steel. BTW: that is some raging river they have bridged!

Old and new

The bridge looks modern. The locomotive less so, with that oil lamp headlight. You'd think that by 1902 they'd have an electric generator on the engine.

 
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