The Gregarious Railfan
Railroad Bridges
Union Pacific Missouri River Bridge
GPS: N 41.24974, W 95.91741

Scanner:  UP 160.740, 160.410, 161.550

Railroad: Union Pacific Nebraska Division, Omaha Sub  

Railfan Access: Possible good view from parking lot on the river at Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino.

Description:  The Union Pacific Missouri River Bridge is a rail truss bridge across the Missouri River connecting Council
Bluffs, Iowa with Omaha, Nebraska.  When it first opened on March 25, 1873, it connected the First Transcontinental
Railroad to the eastern United States. It has been rebuilt twice with the current bridge opening in 1916.  When the
Union Pacific began heading west from Omaha in 1862 there were no railroads connecting to it from the east. Initial
plans called for trains to connect to it by ferry. After the Chicago and North Western Railway reached Council Bluffs
in 1867, the Union Pacific for a while tried to run freight trains across the frozen river during the winter.  
Pictures at all three links above
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero publishes the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.   
Disclaimer: I have not been to this location. Info is from the internet.  I would welcome pictures, additions, or
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