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Mill Creek Bridge



"Cherokee County was faced with the daunting task of rebuilding virtually every major bridge in the county. On July 6th the Board of Supervisors convened a special session to receive competitive proposals for 11 new iron spans over the Little Sioux River and Mill Creek. The supervisors that day awarded a contract for all of the bridges to the George E. King Bridge Company of Des Moines for $17,650. Using trusses fabricated by the King Iron Bridge and Manufacturing Company, parent to the Des Moines King firm, a King Bridge crew completed this 128-foot span, pinned Pratt through truss along with the other bridges later that year. This bridge and a truss over Mill Creek northwest of Larrabee are the only two spans left from the extensive 1891 bridge construction. With both superstructures and substructures intact, the Mill Creek Bridge has retained an exceptional degree of physical integrity. "


Through truss bridge over Mill Creek on Liberty Road
Cherokee County, Iowa
Closed to all traffic
Built 1891
- George E. King Bridge Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Through truss
Length of largest span: 95.1 ft.
Total length: 151.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.88145, -95.63661   (decimal degrees)
42°52'53" N, 95°38'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/284675/4751023 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 93 N., R. 41 W., Sec. 12
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
IA 109740 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13124 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Sufficiency rating: 15.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 15, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • October 26, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated status
  • May 3, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Road Name


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  • Luke


Mill Creek Bridge
Posted October 26, 2012, by Wonder Boy (wonderboy [dot] 1949 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I really enjoy bridges and this is one of my favorites in Cherokee County. There is a similar bridge just NE of Cherokee. One of my hobbies is geocaching and I have many geocaches near bridges on gravel roads in Cherokee County. This one is no longer open to vehicle traffic and has barriers on both ends. I'd certainly like to see this bridge added to the National Register of Historic Places as there are so few of these style bridges left.