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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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High Roller: 1902

High Roller: 1902

Circa 1902. "Steel viaduct over Des Moines River, Iowa. Chicago & North Western Railway." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

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Home Sweet Home!!

Finally, an entry out my home county! This bridge is massive. Since we have been in remembrance of 9/11 for the last week I can tell you that security was tight around this bridge after the terrorist attacks on our country in 2001 for fear that terrorists would blow this vital rail link to get goods from Chicago out to the West coast.

More photos.

Union Pacific has a
about the bridge.

Human Drama

Bridge came to be referred to as The Kate Shelley Bridge to honor her heroism in saving a train disaster. It has recently been joined by a new adjacent structure by Union Pacific.

The all-time train dodge!

Just out of sight of the camera to the right Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern are looking for a kid that the train had knocked out of his Keds.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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