Iowa River Bridge #2: The Mississippi & Missouri (M&M) Railroad Bridge (1860).
The original M&M Bridge crossing the Iowa River was a single-track deck truss (built circa 1859-60), and is pictured in this 1868 bird’s eye map of Iowa City (bridge on the right). When the railroad came to town (1856), Iowa City was the “end of the line” for those wanting railroad access to the West. Not until four years later (1860) when M&M built this bridge could a train venture further west than the Iowa River.
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