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Burlington & Southwestern Railroad, Farmington, Van Buren County

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Inventory Number: IA/15-89-01x
County: Van Buren County
Township: Farmington
Bridge Name: Burlington & Southwestern Railroad, Farmington
Crosses: Des Moines River
Truss type:
Spans: 5
Length: 825'
Roadway Width:
Built: 1871
When Lost: c1904 or 1906
Cause: Replaced
Latitude: N40 38.52
Longitude: W091 44.80
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Directions: Burlington & Southwestern Railroad at Farmington.

Burlington & Southwestern Railroad, Farmington Bridge, Farmington, Van Buren County, IA Built 1871 Replaced c1904 or 1906
Todd Clark Collection
It was believed that the Burlington & Southwestern Railroad's bridge at Farmington was the world's longest covered railroad bridge at the time it was finished in 1871 (825 feet between shore abutments). William Franklin McLintock was reportedly the engineer for the bridge. It was probably 5 spans, based on the piers left in the river.

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