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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
gallery
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.

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