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Lake City Bridge

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Elevation From East

Photo taken Summer 1995 by Joe Elliott for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #122204

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Marsh arch bridge over Raccoon River on Pedestrian Walkway in Lake City
Location
Calhoun County, Iowa
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1914; Retired from vehicular use 1985
Builders
- Iowa Bridge Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
- James Barney Marsh of North Lake, Wisconsin (Designer)
Design
The Lake City Bridge is an early and outstanding example of James B. Marsh's Rainbow Arch design. Unlike most reinforced-concrete arch spans in which the roadway rested on top of the arches in standard configuration, the Marsh design suspended the deck from the arch that sprang from piers and extended above the roadway. Its distinctive "rainbow" profile popularized this type of bridge, and hundreds were constructed in the 1910s, 20s, and 30s, primarily in the Midwest. The Lake City Rainbow Arch, constructed in 1914, was his first experiment in applying this patented design to a multiple span.

Historic American Engineering Record, 1995
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Dimensions
Total length: 271.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 30, 1989
Also called
Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge
Raccoon River Bridge
Rainbow Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.22948, -94.75452   (decimal degrees)
42°13'46" N, 94°45'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/355215/4676745 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Carroll NE
Inventory numbers
NRHP 88002529 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 37264 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 30, 2018: New photo from Kevin Skow
  • January 23, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • July 1, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated GPS.
  • August 22, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning
  • August 21, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

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Lake City Bridge
Posted June 8, 2016, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A little more graffiti than I had hoped to see last night.