Beautifully engraved certificate from the Dunleith & Dubuque Bridge Company issued in 1874 or earlier. This historic document has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a train in front of a warehouse and dock. This item is hand signed by the Company's President and Secretary and is over 133 years old.
The Dubuque Rail Bridge carries a single rail line across the Mississippi River between Dubuque, Iowa and East Dubuque, Illinois near river mile 580. The original swing bridge was constructed by Andrew Carnegie and operated by the Dunleith & Dubuque Bridge Company opening in December of 1868, primarily used by the Illinois Central Railroad. The bridge was rebuilt in the 1890s and has 5 spans and a swing-span. It is currently operated by Canadian National Railway as a result of their purchase of Illinois Central in 1999.