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Wolf Bridge


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BH Photo #351271



Piers appear to still exist.


Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Racoon River
Perry, Dallas County, Iowa
No longer exists
Built 1879 (note 1972 article lists construction start as 1879 but says bridge is 91 years old; Removed 1977
- King Iron Bridge & Manufacturing Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Bowstring through truss
Length of largest span: 173.0 ft.
Total length: 346.0 ft.
Also called
Bennett Bridge
Carhill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.83200, -94.12559   (decimal degrees)
41°49'55" N, 94°07'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/406535/4631735 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 71731 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 14, 2021: Updated by Art Suckewer: fiddled with dates added length.
  • August 10, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: added build date based on Melisa's article
  • August 10, 2020: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • March 8, 2020: New photo from Luke
  • April 5, 2016: Added by ArtS


  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Wolf Bridge
Posted February 14, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

If we go by Melissa's article and James' removal date, it was built in 1879 and removed in 1977, not Built ca. 1881; Removed ca 1972.

Its also listed as 346' in Melissa's article. Dividing by spans, that's 173' each. I suspect each span's structure is a little more or less, depending on what was included in the measurement. While the number seems long to me, I'll put it in as a placeholder.

Does anyone recognize the plaque? The arches are King's patent but the 'ping-pong net' and low profile struts are different.


Art S.

Wolf Bridge
Posted February 14, 2021, by james (jdll [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Doing a little homework and saw this. I think the bridge was torn down in 1977. I lived next to it and remember the single lane creaking each time we drove across it. Sure wish they'd kept it at least as a trail bridge. Use to fish off it too.

Wolf Bridge
Posted August 12, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Of course you might end up living under the bridge Mike... But Hell, it's worth a try! 😜

Wolf Bridge
Posted August 11, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

You’re going about it all wrong. You to tell your spouse in passing: ‘I’m going to buy a bridge.’ The response will be ‘yes dear.’ Imagine her surprise when she discovers you were serious :^)

Wolf Bridge
Posted August 11, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, Art. That would be awesome, but I'm sure the wife would veto

Wolf Bridge
Posted August 11, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Meh, par for the course. You guys were talking about taking that cute little bridge home and having it in your back yard. I say 'go big or go home!' :^)

Actually, most people say 'someone should' but few are willing take on the responsibility. I think the tide is turning and people are stepping up but a historic bridge seems to be a bit more intimidating than a historic house to most people.

Personally, I think it could be the ultimate back deck! :^)


Art S.

Wolf Bridge
Posted August 10, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like a King to me.

I love the overhead bracing... Except the ugly beams that appear to have been welded on at a later date.

There's nothing more frustrating than reading that all these people thought it was a good idea to save this bridge, and yet it's gone!

Wolf Bridge
Posted August 9, 2020, by Luke

On the subject of this bridge, I think the postcard Art uploaded to https://bridgehunter.com/ia/dallas/bh71649/ is also of this bridge.

Wolf Bridge
Posted August 9, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)