Boone, Iowa: Tallest Double-Track Railroad Bridge in America

The Kate Shelley High Bridge is the tallest double-track railroad bridge in America.
Address:
Juneberry Rd, Boone, IA
Directions:
Go west from Boone on US Hwy 30 until you reach J Ave. (a gravel road). Go north on J Ave. until you reach 208th St. Go east on 208th St. until you reach Juneberry Rd. Go north on Juneberry Rd and it will take you to the bridge.
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Tallest Double-Track Railroad Bridge in America

Opened in 1901, the Kate Shelley High Bridge is the tallest double-track railroad bridge in America. 2,685 feet in length and 185 feet tall, this is where the Union Pacific railroad crosses the Des Moines River.

As of late August 2009, a new concrete bridge has been built adjacent to the old bridge, and the old bridge is no longer being used by train traffic. However, the old bridge is still there, and reportedly shall not be torn down...at least not for a while. But, even if the old bridge does get torn down, the new bridge will still be the tallest double-track railroad bridge in America.

[Cristopher Sturtz, 01/24/2010]

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