This Marsh Engineering designed arch bridge is one of the famous arch bridges designed by Marsh along the Lincoln Highway and is one of two extant. (The most famous is the Raccoon River bridge in Greene County, see #162260.) The original 1912 alignment of the Lincoln Highway passed through Beaver but moved to this road when this bridge was built.
The stunning design of this bridge also provides its durability.
One of five identical bridges built in this area, this is the last survivor. It has been threatened in the past because of the narrow deck - the exact feature that caused the demise of the other four - and the high arch railings that block large farm equipment from using it.
The bridge is located on 210th Street, just off B Avenue, a few miles north of Beaver.
If you look closely, you can see that this is also a popular nesting place for barn swallows.
You can see photos of the restoration of this bridge on the website of the Iowa Chapter of The Lincoln Highway Association. http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/iowa/iowa/booneCo/beaver.html
Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.