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Building of the Sabula Railroad Bridge Across the Mississippi.
Photo contributed by Dwight Furleigh.

- -1880 - -

The Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul will commence the construction of a bridge across the Mississippi River at Sabula some time next week.
[Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) May 31, 1880, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

- This bridge was authorized by section 7 of "an act to authorize the construction of a bridge across the Mississippi River at or near the town of Clinton in the State of Iowa, and other bridges across the said river, and to establish them as post-roads" approved April 1, 1872, and is to be built by the Chicago, Milwaukee and saint Paul Railway Company, the successors of the Sabula, Ackley and Dakota Railroad Company.

The location and plan of the bridge after due examination by this office was, upon its recommendation, approved by the Secretary of War July 17, 1880.
[Source: Report of the Chief of Engineers U. S. Army by United States Army Corps of Engineers, 1880, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

IOWA BOILED DOWN. Over 300 men are at work on the Sabula bridge.
[Source: Omaha Daily Bee (NE) October 12, 1880, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

special Telegram to The Inter Ocean.
CLINTON, Iowa, Dec. 24. - After three hours' argument in the railway contempt cases, counsel for the Northwestern secured further continuance until next Tuesday. The afternoon was occupied by dilatory motions and demurrers, and the merits of the case were not reached. Attorneys for the Milwaukee Road stated the new Sabula bridge over the Mississippi was completed and ready for their road. Monday was designated as the time to put in operation trains between this city and Chicago, via the bridge and Lanark extension but now it will be delayed until the middle of next week. The Northwestern attorneys outlined their position as follows: They admit violating the injunction issued by Judge Hayes in tearing up the Milwaukee track, but claim no contempt of court, because the injunction was void. They attempted to show by demurrer that the injunction was valueless, because issued without proper notice to defendants, when the statute requires notice to a corporation when its ordinary operations are to be interfered with. The other side showed that putting in a switch at Lyons and holding it with an armed force of men, with engines and cars, was not the ordinary operation of a road. Judge Hayes overruled the demurrer, and stated that the point as raised by the Northwestern, was simply a burlesque. The matter is creating deep interest here. Public sympathy is with the Milwaukee Road, because the latter will give this point a competing outlet eastward. It is believed that the milk in the cocoanut is not simply the trifling matter of the switch, but because the Milwaukee Company are ready to compete with their road southwest from here, and compete with the Northwestern for the great lumber traffic, which amounted to nearly 13,000 car loads during the past season. Hearing before Judge Hayes was attended by Judge Hubbard, Colonel Clark, of Cedar Rapids, and A. R. McCoy, of this city, for the Northwestern; Assistant General Solicitor William Wigg, of the Milwaukee; J. Knight, J. M. Griffith, of Dubuque; and George B. Young, of this city, for the Milwaukee company. General Superintendent W. C. Van Horne, of Milwaukee, is also present. Meantime the Northwestern continues to guard the switch at Lyons.
[Source: The Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) December 25, 1880, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

- -1881 - -


By Associated Press to the Plain Dealer.
DUBUQUE, Iowa, April 18. - Thomas Guy, freight conductor on the St. Paul Road, thirty-five years of age, while standing on top of a car last night was struck by a guy rope as the train was passing over the Sabula bridge. His head was severed from his body, except a few tough muscles. He fell to the truck, the train passing over his body mangling it in a horrible manner. The remains were sent to Leavenworth, Kansas for burial, accompanied by his family.
[Source: Plain dealer (Cleveland, OH) April 18, 1881, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

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