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Sioux Rapids Bridge


Main span

Photo Provided by Brian Craig


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During the summer of 1908 the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors contracted civil engineer George K. McCollough to design a concrete dam at the outlet of Storm Lake and reinforced concrete arch structures for this crossing and for an approach to the existing Sioux Rapids Bridge. McCollough delivered the drawings in August for the dam and the two bridges. Two weeks later the county contracted with John E. Quackenbush, a long-time bridge builder from Webster City, Iowa, to build the Little Sioux River structure for $1,448. But after Quackenbush had not started construction by October, the supervisors cancelled his contract and instead hired local builder W.A. Barnes to construct the Little Sioux River Bridge for $1,400. Barnes proved little faster than Quackenbush, however, and it took him until the following September to complete the bridge. McCollough's design for this span and two others had featured a filled spandrel arch with an elliptical profile, similar to the arch patented by Indianapolis engineer Daniel Luten. [Adapted from Fraser 1992].


Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Little Sioux River on Road
Sioux Rapids, Buena Vista County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1908
- Clinton Bridge & Iron Works of Clinton, Iowa (Truss Builder)
- W.A. Barnes of Storm Lake, Iowa (Approach Builder)
Pennsylvania through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.89667, -95.15256   (decimal degrees)
42°53'48" N, 95°09'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/324251/4751587 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sioux Rapids
Inventory number
BH 55428 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 13, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 31, 2014: New photo from Luke
  • October 30, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added build date & approach builder from FraserDesign report on another bridge
  • July 30, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Clinton Bridge & Iron Works", "Concrete inset railing"
  • February 2, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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