This bridge was built in 1930s. My father (Gene Coats) and uncle (Charles Staples) drove trucks to haul the dirt used to build up the approaches on each end of the bridge. There is a cut in the earth to the NE of the bridge where the dirt was excavated to level the bed for the railroad. This cut is just SW of Kismet.
During WWII a walkway was added just under the bed of the bridge. Soldiers patrolled that walkway to prevent the bridge from being sabatoged. This was a major rail line for shipping troops and supplies to both coasts of the United States. At that time it was the Rock Island Rail Road line.
In the winter of 1957 a passenger train was stuck in the cut of earth southwest of Kismet for two weeks, when a major snow storm blocked the tracks. I have home movies taken by my dad of a US Army Air Force plane flying overhead, above Plains, following the railroad tracks on its way to drop food and water to the people stuck on that train.
Another uncle (Kyle Coats) built the restrooms at the rest area just west off US 54 beside the river in the early 1960s.
Greetngs from Holland
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