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Posted April 22, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Stupidity and ignorance took down another icon!

Posted April 20, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Posted April 20, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Nice shots! 1895 cool add. As always Luke you Rock!

Posted April 20, 2017, by Kelly McClanahan

Evidently they have made an arrests on the arson on this bridge.

Posted April 16, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

This bridge had a sign that said "Notice: This area protected by video surveillance."

However, the Des Moines Register story reported:

"Barnes [county sheriff] says there was no electricity or light source at the bridge and no severe weather or lightning in the area, so the fire will be investigated as arson."


"Barnes said there are no security devices surrounding the bridge."

Posted April 15, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well, I have next to no experience with Lattice truss bridges considering it's been like 100 years since Indiana had one...

But I still see trusses standing straight despite being charred, So I don't see a Destroyed bridge here! Heavily damaged yes, but not destroyed. Considering there is a new bridge nearby to handle traffic, do a light blast job on it and reroof and side it!

A roof and siding do not make a bridge... They simply protect the structure from the elements.

Posted April 15, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Posted April 15, 2017, by Brian Manville

This bridge is beautiful!! I love the look of it. Sadly, it looks like fire claimed it.

Posted April 14, 2017, by Steve Loy (steve [dot] loy [at] eku [dot] edu)

Wrong date for when built. I played on that bridge in the 1950s, my father played on it in the 1920s.

Posted April 13, 2017, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

We've had some spring flooding in the past few years, but no significant flooding on the cedar this spring that I've heard of.

Here's a link to the mason city Globe Gazette article. It's not behind a paywall for me.

Posted April 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hasn't the Cedar River flooded several times in the last few years?

Sorry, can't read the article without a subscription.

Posted April 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What a shame...

Posted April 12, 2017, by Luke

Sadly, this bridge is failing as we speak:

Posted April 8, 2017, by Ann Thoma-Schloz

it's not Thomas Rd actualy it's Thoma's Rd. The bridge orginnally spanned Old Mill creek east of LaMote, Iowa.

Posted April 8, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Another hiccup:

KALONA, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Washington County supervisors have voted to close a road that leads to a historic bridge.

The Bunker Mill Bridge south of Kalona, Iowa on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. The road in front of the fence is the one the owner has requested Washington County close. (Dave Franzman/KCRG-TV9)

There was short discussion before the supervisors voted 3-2 to pass the resolution. The Bunker Mill Bridge is in Kalona over the English River. An arsonist burned it down in September of 2013. Bridge supporters spent the better part of three years rebuilding and trying to preserve the 130-year-old bridge.

"Why would you close the road? It doesn't benefit anyone but that land owner" said Scott Allen of Kalona.

That's what some residents said about a decision to close part of a road leading to the Bunker Mill Bridge.

"I was very disappointed and shocked. I think it was a very bad decision. They're elected officials but they are not following what the electorate wants" said Steve Maxon of Wellman.

Now cyclists, hikers, and the Amish community can't use the renovated bridge.

"It's got a lot of historic value and it goes through a very environmentally interesting area up there in the northern part of the county" said Maxon.

The chairman for the board of supervisors said closing the road south of the bridge will save taxpayers money

"Currently we would have to keep maintaining that road. Once we give it back to the property owners we no longer have to maintain that road" said Richard Young, the chairman of the Washington County Board of Supervisors.

One man with property near the bridge wanted part of Nutmeg Road closed because more people are trespassing and leaving trash. Young said it will keep troublemakers off private property.

"There's a lot of people that are trespass down there, ride their four wheelers, they dump garbage down there" said Young.

Maxon said what's most disappointing is that so much time and money to fix the bridge essentially went to waste.

"That's very frustrating. Very frustrating indeed because the bridge is stronger than ever. It's been fixed up so it'll hold more than it ever would have originally" said Maxon.

But the fighting is not over yet. Some residents have filed a lawsuit against a non-profit that has put a fence around the bridge. The county hasn't said when the road leading to the bridge will close.

Posted April 6, 2017, by joe

the surroundings to the bridge are terrible and very unmaintained

Posted April 6, 2017, by Christie Meller (cjmeller [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was the backdrop of my childhood. Breaks my heart that it is gone. Was able to get some good pictures the last time I was back home before it was demolished.

Posted March 31, 2017, by Daniel Barnes

Street view does not match location.

Posted March 31, 2017, by Daniel Barnes (barnes [dot] daniel34 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Street view does not match location.

Posted March 14, 2017, by Luke

1924 per our own Jason Smith's website:

Posted March 14, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Without checking county records (which may, or may not have the answer), I would estimate that this bridge could have been built ca. 1915-1930 based on overall appearance.

Posted March 14, 2017, by randy haugen (ranhau9 [at] aol [dot] com)

How old is this bridge? When was it built?

Posted March 13, 2017, by Shelby Marie (shoebe_09 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is no longer here. I went back to take a winter photo after our last snowfall and to my suprise it was gone! I was just there this last October so I have no idea when they tore it out.

Posted March 1, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's this one. You can find more recent photos on The Forgotten Iowa Historical Society Page. Thanks to Andrew Motley for this hunt.

Posted February 25, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Wondering if this bridge was built with pre-cast pieces or was it cast in place? Also if it was pre-cast, can sections be replaced if the concrete begins to degrade prematurely?

Posted February 25, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like this bridge will be replaced

The City of Decorah is getting some financial help from the Iowa DOT in replacing the Oneota Drive Bridge near the Decorah Campground. The DOT says it will spend up to $1 million in state funds to pay 80 percent of the cost of a new bridge.

State inspectors gave the bridge a "deficiency rating" last year, but temporary fixes were made and the state allowed the bridge to remain open..

City officials have gotten estimates from WHKS Engineering on the cost of six options for a new bridge, ranging from $1.3 million for relocating the road and installing a pre-engineered steel truss bridge to $970,000 to rehabilitate the existing bridge structure. City officials will spend 2017 studying the options and getting public input. The new bridge would then be installed in 2018.

Posted February 25, 2017, by Don Morrison

Dana; your picture is of Twin Bridges, on 5th Street north northeast of town, see the Twin Bridges entry on Bridgehunter, also the Bluffs along the river match the 5th Street location.

Posted February 24, 2017, by Anonymous

If I'm understanding them correctly, neither design proposal seems to be inclined to preserve the bridge:

Posted February 20, 2017, by Michael grow ( mgrow5260 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember Crossing the chain Lakes Bridge with my mom and dad and the boards rattling underneath the tires scared me to death I must have been four or five years old while going across one day I even saw a hobo across the railroad tracks wonderful memories I'm 62 years old now

Posted February 18, 2017, by C Last (atlast [at] speedconnect [dot] com)

The rail line from Elmira through Tipton to Clinton was opened late 1884. The bridge had to be completed by then.

Posted February 17, 2017, by Julie Bowers (Jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is available for reuse. It has not come off river yet but give me a call if you have a desire for this restored bridge.

Posted February 17, 2017, by Heather (hnweers62 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is this bridge still for sale?

Posted February 12, 2017, by Joel Bader (joenonac [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There used to be three railroad overpasses at that location. I believe the third one was associated with the Chicago Great Western/Northwestern railroad line which ran up to the Berwick area. That line crossed East Euclid Avenue on another overpass (also removed) up to the north. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted February 9, 2017, by Daniel Barnes (barnes [dot] daniel34 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The picture titled 2nd Ave Overpass could not have been taken in 1975. The truck on the right is a Ford F-Series ca. 1987-1997. Also the car on the left is a version of the Chevy Cavalier ca. 1988-1994, with what looks like a 19891998 Isuzu Rodeo behind it.

Posted February 9, 2017, by Brian Brandmeyer (bbrandmeyer [at] oblatesusa [dot] org)

how do you search for used bridges for sale

Posted February 6, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Lee nice shots! Drone?

Posted February 5, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Second the good Job. Thanks Daniel!

Posted February 5, 2017, by Luke

Glad to see that the site got pictures of this before it was replaced.

Also, since I don't think I've complimented you on the work yet: You're doing a damn good job Daniel. Keep up the good work.

Posted February 2, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks You're the man!

Posted February 2, 2017, by Luke

Dana, after looking at historic maps available on the internet, I'm pretty confident in saying it's the crossing of Walnut Creek on the same road, as there are buildings close to the bridge in both the picture and on the map:

Posted February 2, 2017, by Dana

Maybe crossiing due South? Luke might not be correct local, save image then Ill delete. Rather have accurate. If info on south crossing becomes available or you are sure its this one add back in. Thanks for all you do for bridgehunter!

Posted February 2, 2017, by Luke

Dana, the bowstring in the picture you added is a single-span, which would make it an un-added span over Walnut Creek.

Great find!

Posted January 30, 2017, by JIm Fisher (abqding [at] gmail [dot] com)

Also known as "Thunder Bridge" per the Bob Howe preserve next to it. This bridge is the second south of Spencer on Main St that spanned the old Little Sioux. The first bridge on south Main St is listed here as the "Rusty Bridge" or Dump Road bridge. Both are still used today but the ghosts of Thunder bridge still lurks.

Posted January 30, 2017, by JIm Fisher (abqding [at] gmail [dot] com)

Also known as "Thunder Bridge" per the Bob Howe preserve next to it. This bridge is the second south of Spencer on Main St that spanned the old Little Sioux. The first bridge on south Main St is listed here as the "Rusty Bridge" or Dump Road bridge. Both are still used today but the ghosts of Thunder bridge still lurks.

Posted January 27, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A 2008 culvert. Nothing historic here.

Posted January 27, 2017, by Luke
Posted January 23, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Great news indeed! I hope to visit someday.

Posted January 23, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thank you Luke, couldn't have done it without you!

Posted January 23, 2017, by Luke

Well done Julie. Glad to see it not turned into scrap.

Posted January 23, 2017, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Soft opening of Bunker Mill Bridge this past weekend. With the help of locals we installed the rail that would allow the gates to come off. So just over three years for Phase 1 with Parts 1 & 2. Lots of volunteer hours here, lots of donations. Signage will be installed to recognize donors real soon. Thanks to all everyone that had a hand in, can't do it without that kind of support. These projects are expensive, and they take a long time. This was our first to save as owner / contractor. We learned a lot, hope you all enjoy the fruits of the labor by the entire team at Workin' Bridges with BACH Steel and Schiffer Group Engineering on the team.

Posted January 14, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

These are some great photos. Thank you for contributing them.

Posted January 10, 2017, by Luke

Thank you, Jennifer.

Posted January 10, 2017, by (jenniferhilldds [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have a post card series from a photographer from Columbus Jct., a town just south of Cone (renamed Conesville). The card series included 29 images, I have 20. They show the lifting of a locomotive from the lake. See attached.

Jennifer Hill

Posted December 29, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

I thought this was a huge timber trestle from aerial views, possibly the largest stand alone timber bridge in the state. However, it is actually a three span DPG bridge with a large timber trestle approach to the west. The west approach has had a large section in the middle torched pretty bad. There is an improvised walkway over the burnt area, but it looked so rickety I didn't even try walking over it.

I honestly don't know for sure how to list this bridge. It definitely has not been converted for trail usage. Google maps lists it as being on the Rolling Prairie Trail, but I am not even sure it that is correct. Listing the bridge as a Rolling Prairie Trail bridge might be speculative at best.

Posted December 27, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Technically, this bridge may not be a part of the Rolling Prairie Trail, since it doesn't seem to have been converted to trail usage before it was burned. However, it was definitely intended to become a part of the trail in the future, as it and the section of former railroad ROW it belonged on were purchased for that express purpose.

Information as to what exactly happened to this bridge is sketchy, but it is obviously severely damaged. I was not able to find any information searching Google, but a Youtuber commenting on a video about the Rolling Prairie Trail commented that it was a shame that the farmer burnt the bridge near Dumont. I was unable to find anything to corroborate this.

Posted December 24, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

As of 24 Dec the cable stayed is winning. SMH

Posted December 20, 2016, by Luke

Cedar Rapids is asking for feedback on suggested designs for the new bridge.

Posted December 20, 2016, by Luke

The county is currently vetting options on what to do, one of which is demolition and replacement with a box culvert.

Attached are three letters to the Gazette that support saving the bridge, including one from a descendant of the stonemason.

Posted December 17, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

I have to share a funny story about this bridge. Back in my younger and dumber years, I used to own a 1984 Dodge Power Ram 4x4, and I loved to go find old dirt roads to play around on. This would have been around eight years ago.

One day in my travels, I headed out to see the old dirt road this bridge is on. I remembered it from my childhood, as it was a shortcut my parents took sometimes when the road was dry. I remembered the winding dirt road dropping down a steep hill and then going over this truss bridge, so I went back out that way with the big Dodge to see it again.

I came into the area from the north, only to find road closed signs where the old dirt road started south off from the main gravel road. Since the road wasn't barricaded, I drove south to the bridge. At the bridge itself, there were signs saying that the bridge was out, but again, no barricades.

I wanted to drive over the old bridge, but the weight limit gave me pause. It was posted for around 3 tons, the same weight as my truck. The fact that the old truss was closed made me wonder just how sturdy it was. Would it still carry that kind of weight?

Finally, I had the bright idea that if I drove across really, really fast, everything should be fine. So, I backed up to give myself plenty of room, buried the gas pedal, opened up the 4-barrel Holley carburetor wide open, and let the 318 under the hood roar. I was easily doing 60mph by the time I got to the bridge.

Unfortunately, I had made one small miscalculation. The bridge actually sat a good foot or two higher than the road, and just before the bridge the road ramped up very hard to gain level with the deck. I hit the foot of the bridge hard and took flight just like Evil Knievel doing a motorcycle jump.

It would have been the perfect scene for a Dukes of Hazzard episode, as a big tan and black Dodge 4x4 went flying through the air, somehow staying straight between the guard rails, and landing hard on the deck in the middle of the bridge. All that was missing was the Dixie Horn.

My fears about the bridge were unfounded. The old truss took it like a champ and didn't even wince. I drove over it many more times in the coming days as I four-wheeled up and down the old dirt road, but my muddin' days came to a screeching halt soon enough. The new owner of the bridge didn't take too kindly to vehicular trespassing, and the road was soon gated off and the bridge barricaded.

A few years later, the big Dodge blew a wheel bearing and destroyed its front end. It went to live in a retirement home in the woods somewhere in rural southeast Iowa, never to threaten another bridge again. Trusses everywhere rejoiced!

Posted December 15, 2016, by John Marvig

Day off without finals and a cold blue sky day means I'm gonna go out Dylan :)

Good part is, now I can help you out a bit. This one is easy if you come from the west. Just wear orange so you don't get shot at. Fortunately, the river is frozen solid already, so you should be able to walk on that.

There may be a stone arch (or two) just west of here?

Posted December 15, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

And here I was all stoked that I have the week between Christmas and New Years off, planning to go photograph a major bridge in western Iowa nobody has touched yet. Way to ruin a guy's vacation lol.

Posted December 14, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

While the built date of 1887 has been commonly held for this structure, it appears that this may not be entirely correct. The remaining truss was built in 1881 by Union Bridge Company, and moved to the current location in 1911. Note the difference between the 1887 span (now demolished) and the 1881 span in Photo #32. The 1887 plaque was later attached during the conversion.

If anyone comes across articles relating to 3+ 122' spans that were removed from somewhere along the Illinois Central system in 1911, please let me know. An additional two identical spans once existed at this location:

It would be very interesting to find where these spans came from.

Posted December 10, 2016, by Luke

I think this is one John found on aerial view and asked me to add.

Posted December 10, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Luke, I realize it has been a little while since you added this bridge, but do you remember where you found the info about it that led you to add it? I corrected the location. You had on it on the 1946 alignment out of Floris, but the Rock Island didn't have any arches on the new line. They were all concrete culverts on the smaller crossings. The older ROW crosses to Morgan Branch to the southwest, and there is still something over the creek, presumably this arch. This is very close to where I used to live, so if I can get down there one of these days, I will go check it out.

Posted December 5, 2016, by Z. T. Noble (ztnoble [at] gmail [dot] com)

Going through some of my father's belongings today, I found a receipt for paying $0.25 toll to cross the MacArthur Bridge, Burlington, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 1940. Googling to find out more info on the bridge, I found this web site. Thanks for filling me in.

Posted December 2, 2016, by Dan Bubon

My father was born in Melcher and I am sure this bridge was there before 1940. Re built in 1940 perhaps? It was there before 1940 as he and other boys walked the top of it as youngsters-he was born in 1922.

Posted December 1, 2016, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The end of the Wagon Wheel Bridge came today.

Posted November 29, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Google Earth has imagery from 2013 when the river was really low. You can see the crumbled remnants of the piers in the bottom of the river channel. Using the ruler tool, it looks like the main through truss spans were approximately 155' long.

Posted November 26, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Yeah, but what is really funny is I deleted the auto-fill and re-labeled it, yet it still popped in its own heading.

Posted November 26, 2016, by Luke

It auto-fills with that for anything from the DOT's address. Probably associated with the historic bridge survey they did years ago.

Posted November 26, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

I added a link to an interesting PDF file that contains an application Iowa Northern put together several years ago in attempt to attain TIGER funding for the rebuilding or replacing of bridges along its line. Every bridge that needed major repairs or needed replaced along the entire length of the railroad is listed in this application. Makes for some interesting reading. I have no idea why the website magically subbed "Historic Bridges of Iowa" for the title when I posted it. One of those mysteries of the electronic age we will never understand...

The Beaver Creek bridge is on pages 64-65 if anyone is interested.

Posted November 25, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

What is really ironic is that Pella Windows was one of the original backers of Iowa Interstate Railroad when it was formed. Before 1980, this line went all the way to Keokuk, but the section from Keokuk to Pella was quickly abandoned after the Rock Island shutdown.

Pella Windows seems to have been the primary reason the line wasn't abandoned further north in the first place. Whatever traffic originated from Pella seems to have quickly declined after Iowa Interstate was formed.

Even though the taxpayer was on the hook for building this bridge in 1993, by 1998 IAIS filed to abandon the line, citing lack of customers and poor track conditions. Apparently, none of the three online customers at Pella had shipped anything in at least a year, having all switched to big trucks. I read the STB document recently, but I can't find it now or I would post it.

I don't necessarily disagree with the fact that we the people had to pay for the bridge, but it seems sad at the time nobody had the foresight to realize the branch line wasn't going to last much longer. IAIS could have filed to abandon in 1993 and saved us some money.

Posted November 24, 2016, by Luke

From what I can surmise, this bridge was only built because Iowa Highway 163 was being built in 1993.

The rest of the line from Pella to Prairie City, according to an IAIS railfan site (, was in "poor condition".

Posted November 24, 2016, by Chris Perry

Abandoned after only five years?

Posted November 19, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)


Thanks for your response!

Posted November 19, 2016, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)


Looking at those other three, and seeing the railroad and location, this Miller Creek span is most likely just a short version of the others. And they are clearly Warren trusses. That makes me even more confident this one is classified correctly.

Like this one, they have the mid-panel bracing like a Baltimore only on the end panels. The mid-panel brace on the rest of the web is horizontal, and only between "V" shaped members and NOT the center "A" shaped. Odd.

Posted November 17, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)


What do you think of these three bridges?

They are a stretched version of the short span. Very unusual and interesting.

Posted November 17, 2016, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's a short span - so there really isn't much difference between a warren and a pratt. Because the vertical are all similar mass, I would tend to classify it as a Warren with verticals.

The sub-dividing of the end two panels is like a Baltimore - but the horizontal brace in the center two panels are not a strictly Baltimore stye dividing.

So what is it? Good question! I think the existing classification is accurate, though not the only one that could be used.

I did expand the text description to better describe the truss.

Posted November 17, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Even to the untrained eye, like mine, they are definitely a unique and unusual design. Two north of Eddyville are still in service, while this one and Miller Creek #4 are abandoned.

You should check out the UP - North Skunk River bridge. They took the same unusual design and stretched it.

I have not photographed the two bridges north of Eddyville or the one over the Skunk River. Starting to get the bridge photo bug again. I'm going to have to get back out in the field soon...

Posted November 17, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Labeled here as a Warren, but I'm thinking a 4-panel Baltimore with the unusual appearance of a Queenpost truss within. Looks like a pony sitting inside of a thru truss!


Posted November 15, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Does anybody know of any larger timber pile trestles in the state of Iowa, not counting approach trestles? I believe this is probably the largest timber pile bridge left on the CN's Ex-IC Iowa lines, and it might even be the largest stand alone timber bridge in the state. Very few of these larger pile bridges are left, since most of them were replaced by steel bridges, or the lines they were on have been abandoned.

Posted November 14, 2016, by C Last (atlast [at] speedconnect [dot] com)

Bridge built 1881-1882. First train crossed May 4, 1882.

Posted November 6, 2016, by Scott Vavroch (Scottvavroch [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The Bridge is still there and in good shape.We seen Kayaking yesterday

Posted November 5, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

In 1960, the Rock Island and the Minneapolis and St Louis decided to form a short section of 'joint line' between Eddyville and Oskaloosa. The M&StL abandoned its tracks south of Givin to Eddyville, and the RI abandoned its tracks north of Givin to what was then called Patrick, apparently present-day Beacon.

Posted November 3, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The Kal-Haven Trail in Michigan has one. Its actually described as a covered bridge even though it is in fact a deck plate girder (as near as I can tell from photos, I've never bothered to visit it)

Posted November 3, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

This is certainly a new one. Has anybody ever heard of a covered DPG bridge?

Posted November 3, 2016, by Luke

Since the original source (And any way of contacting the person who gave the location) is locked, I've sent in a deletion request.

Posted November 3, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

The location marker for this bridge is quite a ways off. Wherever this bridge was actually located, there weren't any railroad tracks at this particular location, and the closest railroad is actually an old CB&Q line.

Posted October 26, 2016, by John Marvig


I have yet to upload my photos. There was an 1899 plate on the bridge. It almost looked to me like there were several lines of chords on the trusses, and it was originally built massively. In addition, one of the trusses is a different design, and has riveted connections.

Posted October 26, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks to me like this bridge's pin-connected spans were enhanced by adding additional pin-connected truss lines to the bridge. I count four total bottom chords, so two are original and two are added. The approach spans that are riveted connections likely date to this project. Photos show scraps of riveted metal and other potential leftovers from this project. What is unclear to me, did this all occur in 1905, and if so, the pin-connected truss spans may be older... or were the extra pin connected truss lines and other aforementioned enhancements added after 1905? Any use of pin-connected design even as part of rehab/retrofit projects would be somewhat unusual after 1905.

Posted October 26, 2016, by Randal O'Toole (rot [at] streamlinermemories [dot] info)

The elevated line started at 3rd and Jones, not 34th & jones. See

Posted October 26, 2016, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)
Posted October 17, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

We have a skunk problem here...

I was looking at this bridge entry and found something amiss. This bridge was listed as crossing the Skunk River, when it actually crosses its tributary, the North Skunk. The Skunk River proper doesn't start until Keokuk County where the two branches join, which is southeast of this bridge.

I checked the Skunk River category, and the vast majority of bridges that are listed as crossing the Skunk River actually cross either the north or south tributary. This means we have several dozen entries that actually have the incorrect waterway listed. I corrected this particular entry, but that is the only one I personally fixed.

Part of the problem seems to be that NBI data doesn't seem to differentiate between north or south rivers. If somebody has time to kill, we have many, many entries that need corrected. I added a category for the North Skunk River and placed this bridge in it.

Posted October 11, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Although the new game Mafia III is intended to depict New Bordeaux, a fictional recreation of New Orleans in 1968, the likeness of the Julien Dubuque Bridge makes an appearance in the game. The portal bracing in the game is almost 100% identical to the Julien Dubuque Bridge, and the sway bracing (particular at the pier points) as well as the concrete pier's inset arched design are strikingly similar as well.

Posted October 9, 2016, by Quinn Phelan (qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net)

See the link below about the ongoing restoration project. There are petitions to request that the Jones County Board of Supervisors save and restore the bridge available to sign at local businesses in Monticello and around Jones county. The alternative is a teardown and replacement with a concrete bridge. There has also been talk of turning the bridge into a pedestrian and bike trail and/or park.

Local news story on restoration efforts:

Posted October 6, 2016, by Anonymous

I think Iowa will be fine with their signature spans.

Posted October 6, 2016, by Nathan Holth (Webmaster [at] HistoricBridges [dot] org)

A signature bridge? That must mean they plan to hire Bach Steel to relocate and restore a historic multi span truss bridge to this location! Because modern bridges of this size simply aren't signature anything. Maybe a few decorative light posts on top of ugly box beams. Perhaps the St. Francisville cantilever truss would be a good fit here. That iconic bridge sits on crumbling piers and is now closed.

Posted October 6, 2016, by Jeremy Murphy (jmurphy1973 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Heard the City will be replacing and raising this bridge to function better with the coming flood walls and levies. The City is looking to make the new bridge a signature piece.

Posted October 6, 2016, by Jeremy Murphy (jmurphy1973 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What was the cost of the current 16th Ave bridge?

Posted October 5, 2016, by Matt Lohry

The latest GE imagery shows that there is still one span left; it's on the edge of the tree line on the west side of the river, about 500 feet north of the road. Only the span on the east side of the river has been removed.