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Charles City Suspension Bridge

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Photos 

Oblique view

Photo taken October 2005 by Jason and Birgit Smith

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Suspension bridge over Cedar River on a pedestrian trail at the end of Clark Street in Charles City
Location
Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa
Status
Destroyed by flash flood; Removed from NRHS on 01/08/2009; new cable-stayed suspension bridge open on 25 October, 2010
History
Built 1906; destroyed by flash flooding on June 8, 2008
Builders
- Charles Hart
- O.B. Zimmerman
Design
Wire suspension
Dimensions
Total length: 270.0 ft.
Also called
Clark Street Suspension Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.07103, -92.68519   (decimal degrees)
43°04'16" N, 92°41'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/525630/4768750 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Charles City
Land survey
T. 95 N., R. 16 W., Sec. 1 (St. Charles Township)
Elevation
990 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 89001778 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 13498 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 27, 2013: New photos from Don Morrison
  • September 5, 2012: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • October 29, 2010: Updated by Jason Smith: The replacement bridge is now open to traffic
  • November 29, 2009: Updated by Curtis Lee: Added coordinates/elevation
  • June 9, 2008: Changed status to reflect destruction by flash flood
  • March 31, 2008: New photos from Jason Smith
  • March 27, 2008: New photos from Jason Smith
  • January 23, 2006: Posted photos from Jason Smith

Sources 

  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Historic Bridges of Iowa
  • Curtis Lee - clee47ford [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Don Morrison

Comments 

Charles City Suspension Bridge
Posted October 29, 2010, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

The new cable-stayed suspension bridge is now open to traffic. The dedication ceremony took place on 25 October, 2010 and an article with the images can be found here:

http://www.globegazette.com/news/local/article_d1d16612-de5b...

Charles City Suspension Bridge
Posted March 9, 2010, by "IOWA POET BLACKIE" (IOWAHOBOBLACKIE [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

TUESDAY,MARCH 9,2010-2:25 POST-MERIDIAN-CENTRAL STANDARD TIME-DEAR FOOLS,I OPEN IT THAT WAY BECAUSE IF THIS PRECIOUS MEMORY HAS TO BE BASTARDIZED BY SACRIFICING HISTICAL ACCURACY FOR THE POLITICALLY CORRECT CRAP KNOWN AS HANDICAPPED ACCESS THEN I THINK YOU SHOULD TELL THE POWERS THAT BE IDIOTS TO STICK THEIR FUNDING WHERE THE SUN DOES NOT SHINE AND COME UP WITH THE MONEY SOME OTHER WAY.OTHER THAN THAT HOW IS THE WEATHER WITH YOU?HERE AROUND NEW HAMPTON IT HAS BEEN DREARY AND COOL.HOPE TO HEAR FROM AND OR SEE YOU EVENTUALLY.PLEASE CALL SHOULD YOU CARE TO.YOURS MOST DISGUSTED,"IOWA POET BLACKIE"

Charles City Suspension Bridge
Posted June 9, 2008, by Sandy (sandinmyears [ at ] yahoo [ dot ] com)

Here's a link to the story at the Charles City Press Website:

http://www.charlescitypress.com/articles/2008/06/09/news/new...

Charles City Suspension Bridge
Posted June 9, 2008, by Raquel (navarove [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is no longer there it got swept away in the flood today. The Des Moines Register has an article about it on there website.

Charles City Suspension Bridge
Posted June 9, 2008, by Barb Graham (lgraham76 [at] charter [dot] net)

Today is a sad day. Due to the flooding in Charles City the bridge has been swept away. Another piece of our history gone. I love the pictures though.