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First railroad bridge across the Mississippi River completed

Junction of Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, with view of Mississippi Valley, circa 1861, zoomable image
04/21/1856
The Rock Island Railroad Bridge, the first railroad bridge to cross the Mississippi River, was completed and tested that day with the weight of a locomotive. The next day a full train with three engines and eight passenger cars made the crossing between Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 677.

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