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Fort Madison Bridge, Spanning Mississippi River at U.S. Highway 61, Fort Madison, Lee County, IA



B&W Photos

HB417651
Long Shot From East

HB417652
Long Shot From Northwest

HB417653
West Approach Spans, From Northwest

HB417654
Swing Span From Northwest

HB417655
Swing Span From Northwest

HB417656
Railroad Approach From West

HB417657
Barrel View At Railroad Level, From West

HB417658
Middle Of Swing Span, From Southwest

HB417659
Detail Of Drive Gears, From Southwest

HB417660
Detail Of Drive Gears, From Southwest

HB417661
Detail Of Drive Gears, From West

HB417662
Connections At Top Of Swing Span, From East

HB417663
Looking East Along Top Of Truss

HB417664
Control Booth Interior, From West


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Location
Spanning Mississippi River at U.S. Highway 61, Fort Madison, IA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IA-62
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N234).
Building/structure dates: 1927 initial construction
Part of building/structure is in Niota vicinity, Hancock County, IL.
Significance: This bridge is a major river span and had, at the time of its construction, the longest and heaviest electrified swing span on the Mississippi River. The bridge superstructure was built by American Bridge Company, one of the largest bridge companies in American history.

Subjects
Railroad Bridges


Related Names
American Bridge Company
Robinson, A. F.
Union Bridge & Construction Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. LONG SHOT FROM EAST
2. LONG SHOT FROM NORTHWEST
3. WEST APPROACH SPANS, FROM NORTHWEST
4. SWING SPAN FROM NORTHWEST
5. SWING SPAN FROM NORTHWEST
6. RAILROAD APPROACH FROM WEST
7. BARREL VIEW AT RAILROAD LEVEL, FROM WEST
8. MIDDLE OF SWING SPAN, FROM SOUTHWEST
9. DETAIL OF DRIVE GEARS, FROM SOUTHWEST
10. DETAIL OF DRIVE GEARS, FROM SOUTHWEST
11. DETAIL OF DRIVE GEARS, FROM WEST
12. CONNECTIONS AT TOP OF SWING SPAN, FROM EAST
13. LOOKING EAST ALONG TOP OF TRUSS
14. CONTROL BOOTH INTERIOR, FROM WEST
SWING SPAN FROM NORTHWEST


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