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PACIFIC SHORTLINE RR BRIDGE MONUMENT
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PACIFIC SHORTLINE RR BRIDGE MONUMENT
SIOUX CITY, IOWA -USA
Location: Chris Larsen Park, SIOUX CITY, IA
Description:
  • RAILROAD RELATED SITE
Comments/Directions:
A monument commemorates the Pacific Short Line RR bridge (1896) across the Missouri River at Sioux City after demolition in 1981 with a placard stating: “The stone of this monument came from the piers of the previous bridge erected at this spot. The Pacific Short Line had been a speculative railroad venture by Sioux City businessmen who sought new markets to the west. The railroad company failed in 1893....” Construction began in 1890, but it actually never was used by the PSLRR. Locally it was known as the “Combination Bridge” because it carried trains and streetcars down the center and horse-drawn carts and pedestrians on the outside. It consisted of two 470' rim-bearing, through Pratt swing spans and two 500' Pennsylvania through trusses; and was remodeled several times, rails removed in 1937 and ultimately carrying only autos and pedestrians. The bridge provided needed competition for the 1888 Chicago and North Western Railroad’s “Union Bridge” also demolished in 1981 and replaced by the Burlington Northern bridge.
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