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.
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!
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.
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.
Just north of the old and new
Kate Shelley Bridges, this
historic structure is no longer
open to vehicles.
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.
This bridge was A Fort Dodge Des Moines & Southern bridge. Now you can cross it on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad!
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.)
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