RR Bridge Building

I was browsing and came across the history of the Missouri Pacific Railroad which took over the Iron Mountain RR in the early 1900's. An excerpt below addresses bridge building.

"To speed construction and get into operation as quickly as possible, bridges over the White, the Arkansas and the Red rivers were passed up for the time being and passengers and freight were transferred by ferry until the bridges could be constructed. But the all-important thing was that the service was in operation by 1874."

It's a long, and interesting, article, about 60 some pages, but up to around 1900 is covered in about the 1st 15pp. http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Prairie/9575/mphist01.htm

MO-Pacific history