KATE SHELLEY BRIDGE

 a.k.a. BOONE VIADUCT

In 1901, THE Chicago & North Western (C&NW) Boone Viaduct was the longest, highest double-track rail bridge in the world. Everyone called it the Kate Shelley High Bridge.

HIGH TRESTLE TRAIL


This bridge, built for bicycles and pedestrians, crosses the Des Moines River near Madrid. It is lit at night and is a favorite destination of tourists!

FORT DODGE DES MOINES & SOUTHERN  TRESTLE

 Located where the Bass Point High Bridge is today, this wooden trestle crossed the Des Moines River near Logansport. It was replaced with a steel bridge in 1913.

UNION PACIFIC

KATE SHELLEY BRIDGE


Completed in 2009, this was built alongside the old Boone Viaduct, a.k.a. the Kate Shelley (High) Bridge. This one was formally christened the Kate Shelley.

WAGON WHEEL BRIDGE


Just north of the old and new

 Kate Shelley Bridges, this

historic structure is no longer

open to vehicles.

HONEY CREEK BRIDGE

The Honey Creek bridge was near Kate Shelley's home and looked much like this one. On July 6, 1881, at 11 p.m., a "pusher" engine checking the tracks crashed there. Two men died; two others survived with Kate's help.

The Bridges of Boone County

BOONE & SCENIC VALLEY BASS POINT

HIGH BRIDGE

This bridge was A Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern bridge. Now you can cross it on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad!

DES MOINES RIVER BRIDGE AT MOINGONA

During a thunderstorm and flood, Kate Shelley crossed a wooden trestle here on the night of July 6, 1881, to warn a passenger train of the wreck at Honey Creek.

(1894 steel bridge is shown.)

Watch a video of the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Datong Chinese engine cross the Bass Point High Bridge

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