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Quinn Creek Bridge


Quinn Creek Bridge

View from the road looking northeast

Photo taken by Dave King; Taken August 1, 2013


BH Photo #261568


Kingpost through truss bridge over Quinn Creek off 300th St
Fayette County, Iowa
Built 1885
2-panel, pinned Kingpost Through truss
Length of largest span: 43.0 ft.
Total length: 60.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.06563, -91.72173   (decimal degrees)
43°03'56" N, 91°43'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/604079/4768895 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
IA 152700 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 52649 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,010)
2-panel truss (43)
Abandoned (3,957)
Built 1885 (212)
Built during 1880s (2,275)
Fayette County, Iowa (107)
Iowa (6,818)
Kingpost truss (210)
Laced endposts (166)
One-lane traffic (7,988)
Owned by county (21,707)
Pin-connected (5,029)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,351)
Through truss (17,777)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,718)
Truss (36,669)
Wooden deck (6,208)

Update Log 

  • February 4, 2020: Updated by Luke: Merged 1996 NBI data
  • April 26, 2017: New photos from Kevin Skow
  • August 2, 2013: New photo from Dave King
  • August 1, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • July 3, 2013: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is indeed a kingpost through truss
  • July 2, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed status from "Replaced", which lists it as lost, to "Abandoned"
  • June 10, 2012: Added by Jason Smith


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Kevin Skow - weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com


Quinn Creek Bridge
Posted October 6, 2020, by Tyler

I like how this abandoned bridge still has a better paint job than most bridges in Louisiana

Quinn Creek Bridge
Posted August 4, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Glad to finally see photos of this highly significant bridge that confirm its design.

Quinn Creek Bridge
Posted August 1, 2013, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge may have had another kingpost span as what is left doesn't cross the creek. It's a very interesting structure. Photos uploaded

Quinn Creek Bridge
Posted July 4, 2013, by Don Morrison

I guess I think of a kingpost bridge as being a very short span pony. The height required for a through truss would result in a wider span. I've never seen one before, and wasn't sure if the "through" was in error.

Quinn Creek Bridge
Posted July 3, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

This bridge is indeed a kingpost through truss bridge. According to a retired county engineer, this bridge was bypassed by a bunch of culverts many years ago and is extant. It is the only one of its kind built in Iowa although it is unknown who built the structure. Some claim that Horrace Horton was responsible for it...

Quinn Creek Bridge
Posted July 2, 2013, by Don Morrison

Yeah, I thought it looked like a kingpost. The bridge on this page says "kingpost through truss", but is more likely a pony.

I found it while trying to fix some of the issues in the To Do List. I guess I'll just set this location for this bridge.

Quinn Creek Bridge
Posted July 2, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Looks like you spotted a kingpost over Quinn Creek. Off system but not lost.

Quinn Creek Bridge
Posted July 2, 2013, by Don Morrison

This bridge may be what I see at 43.065631,-91.721727

Just north of the culvert tubes. Bing shows the road label passing across this object, while the actual road is south of it, across the tubes. A new alignment?

Anyone agree? Or could it be another Quinn Creek bridge?