Kate Shelley High Bridge
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Terri P
Navarre, FL558 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
This place is not exactly easy to find. It was not recognized by our Apple maps. However, once we got close, there were signs directing you to the right place.

Be prepared to drive on bumpy gravel/dirt roads. You will eventually get to the bottom of the bridges. Of course, they are train bridges, so you can’t go ON them. The best you can do is get photos from the bottom.
Written 10 October 2019
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x000n46n
Winterset, IA196 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
took my mother on this for a day out so really wasn't expecting much. It gave us an afternoon out and was somewhat interesting on the trip away from the station, but the return trip was just another ride. The story was interesting and the food was average so I really wasn't disappointed but the hostess needed to chill out a little. Glad i did it once but i think that was enough
Written 2 April 2018
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purplecougar67
Swisher,Iowa33 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
The train ride was nice but the food had a lot to be desired. We didn't know ahead of time that it was create red by Hy Vee! Would not recommend this dinner at all! Very disappointed!
Written 26 March 2018
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CycloneIowa
Huxley, IA287 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
Our son loves trains and so we get the occasion to come out here and watch the trains go by. It's very impressive to see the tray and so high up in the air on this Trestle Bridge. We were out here just the other day to watch trains go by and there was no one around and it was very enjoyable
Written 6 January 2018
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init4keeps
Des Moines, IA4,869 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
We have tried to get here two or more times now without success. Even the navigation in our car sends us to Moingona, which has the Kate Shelley Park, as seen in some of my pics. We crossed a one lane wooden bridge going over the train tracks, as seen in some other pics. But still couldn't find THE bridge! Fun drive, though! Family friendly. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids. We will try, try again and take pics when we finally get there!
Written 26 August 2017
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Troy H
Boone, IA6 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
Honestly, unless you're a rail fan, not much left to see but the bridge on a dead end road, miles out of the way from anything of significance. There used be a cool old bridge just upstream "Wagon Wheel Bridge", an old wood deck/iron trestle you could walk out on and get a good view of the valley, but they tore it down finally and other than the groups of drunks floating down the river and hanging out on the sandbar below the bridge on occasion, there's not much to see.
Written 20 July 2017
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7Kathi_D
Santa Barbara, CA47 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
We enjoyed seeing the Kate Shelley High Bridge and learning the story behind why the bridge was named after her (the first bridge in the US to be named after a woman!) The bridge is off the beaten path, so be ready to drive rural dirt roads to get there. For us, this was half the adventure. There were pretty farms/fields and many birds and animals along the way. The bridge itself is impressive...there are actually two bridges, the original early 1900's bridge and the newer, operational bridge. We happened to see a train crossing it while there which added to the experience. Bring your camera and snap a few photos. A neat stop if you happen to be near Boone, IA.
Written 6 July 2017
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rachelinboone
Boone, IA3 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
This is a local attraction for me and there a couple things to know when planning a trip to see the bridge. First it is NOT the bridge Kate Shelly climbed. That bridge was actually in a small town just to the south of Boone called Moingona. They have a plaque there that gives some history but that bridge is gone.

This bridge is a working railroad bridge owned by the Union Pacific and is the highest two track bridge in the US. If you want to see it the best access is from the west side of the river. Keep in mind that this is a WORKING bridge meaning that it is owned by the Union Pacific and it is private property. The UP does have security and cameras and if you go wandering out on the bridge there is a pretty good chance you will get to meet them as it scares the engineers when there are people out there. Depending on what you were doing or how rude you are you could end up in some legal trouble. I can't say for certain as I've never done that but I have gone to various programs put on by the UP and they mention that every time so guessing they are pretty serious about it. Still you can easily see it from the gravel roads along the river both below and at grade level.

The best thing to do when visiting this bridge is to make it part of a planned day out. The Boone Scenic Valley Railroad has a great museum and offers train rides. Steam engine on weekends, and diesel engine on weekdays. While it does not cross this bridge it does cross another high bridge over the river and that will give you a great feel for the story of Kate Shelly and what she faced and what the passengers on the train would have faced. There is a cost for the BSVRR but I've done it several times and it is worth doing.

The other bridge to include as part of this trip is about 15 miles south between Madrid and Woodward. There is an old train line that has been converted into a paved bike path. The high bridge there has been completely renovated and a true must see. It is free and can be easily accessed by bike or on foot. There are informational plaques on the bridge, an amazing sculpture that is incorporated into the design, and some spectacular views along the river. There is no fee to access to access the trail. There are several parking areas to choose from depending on how far you want to walk or ride.

Depending on your interest you could make this anywhere from a couple minute detour off Hwy 30, a couple hours if you do the train ride, to a full day or even a weekend if you bring a bike and do the bike trail.
Written 24 May 2017
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Lacey M
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Feb 2017 • Couples
Pretty amazing. Glad we were aware of the story behind it from other reviews. It would be nice if they posted the information near the bridge for others that havent had access to reviews.
Written 19 February 2017
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K1436YZsandram
Quitman, AR16 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
I loved seeing the bridges together and taking pictures. The setting hasn't been changed it a tourist place and is just down a dirt road. No fanfare or anything and with a little imagination you can picture the history of this place. Very neat and remote.
Written 7 September 2016
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