7 votes

280th Street Bridge


Photo taken by Heidi

BH Photo #264378


Pratt through truss bridge over West Fork Cedar River on 280th Street
Butler County, Iowa
Intact but closed to all traffic
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.64246, -92.69129   (decimal degrees)
42°38'33" N, 92°41'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/525307/4721158 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 90 N., R. 16 W., Sec. 1
Inventory number
BH 57627 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (17,383)
Butler County, Iowa (49)
Cedar River (Minnesota-Iowa) (136)
Closed (2,797)
Howe Lattice Portal (23)
Iowa (6,869)
Laced endposts (166)
Lally columns (421)
Lattice Railing (668)
Owned privately (2,024)
Pin-connected (5,429)
Pratt through truss (6,417)
Pratt truss (10,849)
Steel stringer (6,925)
Through truss (19,042)
Truss (38,331)
Wooden deck (6,262)

Update Log 

  • August 10, 2015: Updated by Dave King: Added categories "Wooden deck", "Laced endposts", "Lattice Railing", "Lally columns"
  • August 2, 2015: New photos from Dave King
  • August 23, 2013: New photos from Luke Harden
  • August 15, 2013: Looks like a very nice bridge on Google aerial view


  • Luke
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com


280th Street Bridge
Posted January 26, 2019, by Erik (theduke30 [at] live [dot] com)

Hello everyone, I was the original person along with Heide to get this bridge listed on here, we stumbled across it while out for a ride on our quads, as it is almost a mile walk/ride from any direction to access from low maintenance roads, I have since met the owner and he gave me permission to share the first few photos and location on here with everyone a few years ago, He wanted me to add that this bridge is priveately owned, on private property, and DO NOT attempt to visit this location during any open hunting season as well.

280th Street Bridge
Posted June 10, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sounds good, Nathan. I am glad you were able to visit the area. It will be awesome to see some of the bridges from my area on your website.

280th Street Bridge
Posted June 10, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Robert... I was at the SIA Conference at Kansas City and did a KS and OK trip after that... overall the info I had on my maps was good... but wanted to note that posting access info would be useful since I suspect maybe a lot of people post photos without thinking that this sort of info would be useful.

280th Street Bridge
Posted June 10, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi Nathan:

Looks like you are making a trip near my old stomping grounds. If you have any questions about accessing bridges I have photographed, please send me a message. I try to post such information on here, but I am sure I have failed a few times.


280th Street Bridge
Posted June 9, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

BRIDGEHUNTER CONTRIBUTORS: It would be very helpful for me (and I assume anyone visiting bridges) that if, in either your photo captions or in the "Bridge Description" box in the edit/create bridge page, if you could note (if applicable) any "unusual" conditions that might of helpful to future visitors. For example if a closed bridge was easier to access from a certain direction or if you had to park and walk a long way. For example, this bridge has a 3/4 mile walk back through tall grass from where the road ends... both directions. This info would have been helpful as I didn't have that kind of time on a bridge trip I just did, and wouldn't have wasted my time driving to this bridge if I had known that.

280th Street Bridge
Posted August 23, 2013, by heide (heidecozart [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Pretty sweet for the middle of nowhere!