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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.

Posted October 4, 2016, by Stephen Johndreau (stephen_johndreau [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm a rancher in Nebraska. Can I buy this bridge? Where did it go?

Posted October 1, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

All the substructures of this bridge indicate it was built in 1941. Historic aerial views confirm that the bridge here during the 1930s was a light weight through truss.

I inadvertently stumbled across a pony truss bridge, with the same railroad in Jones County (about half a state away). The pony truss there was abandoned in 1940, and has identical spans to this structure. These pony truss spans are each 6 panels, 113' long and were built by Lassig. These spans are identical in every way.

I suspect these trusses were relocated to this location in 1941, after abandonment. The Milwaukee Road was known for relocating truss spans, and reusing them at all costs.

Does anyone have any input on this? I strongly believe the spans at Jones County would have been relocated here in 1941.

Posted October 1, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've been working with bridges for nearly half my life..I was just a 5th grade kid when I started taking pictures. Of the many frustrating, emotional and downright disgusting moments I've seen with bridge destruction, this one takes the cake. I spent a lot of time searching for it yesterday and the weeks prior; and the moment I realized the concrete in the creek was it, it certainly tugged a few heart strings.

The biggest question is why did this bridge only last 29 years? Seems to me that a massive concrete arch like this should last a long time. The new bridge was built in June of 1944.

70 some years too late to see this hell of a structure. Really would have been a treat to find it..

Posted September 30, 2016, by Luke

I had been told by a local in an email exchange that these images were of the Cedar Valley bridge, but, based off of your comment and further research using Google and the IDOT archives, he was in error.

I'll make the proper changes.

Posted September 30, 2016, by Jeff Alberhasky (Uspsmaintsmo [at] gmail [dot] com)

I may be wrong but I do not believe this is the old Cedar Valley Bridge. Some of the old piers still remain in the river and they are constructed from Block and mortar not poured concrete as the photo shows. The old bridge was constructed well before 1900 and before concrete was used.

Posted September 24, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Uh, oh...

There are some nice bowstrings in this part of Iowa. I have done some bridgehunting in the area back in the day...

Posted September 24, 2016, by Anonymous
Posted September 10, 2016, by Andy Winegar

Just a side note, the APNC has been leased to Progressive Rail out of Lakeville, MN, who will operate it as a subsidiary of the Iowa Traction Railway named Iowa Southern Railway. They expect to increase traffic through transloading with its connections to BNSF, NS, and CP.

Posted September 6, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

$51,000 plus put into Bunker Mill Bridge this year but once it was over the river, people thought it was done. It still needs $75,000 to finish the rail and the south abutment to the south road, but there was no jumping to conclusions.

The group still needs to make itself a business and be ready to be a friend of the bridge again, but thanks Anonymous for bringing this to the forefront.

Since this group of friends, we no longer support working with a friends group for bridge projects. They are too expensive. So we buy them, and try to fundraise around them and put money into them. To date, this one cost $200,000 or so with the $80,000 from the county, another 50,000 or so from the community (thank you), donations of time and labor by the Amish who helped set the planks.

Those folks all have keys and are crossing the bridge, but until it is finished and inspected it's not a bridge. In the meantime, Brews for Bridges go back to Hayden and Bunker directly, or should I say it goes to the fabricators, because that's where the most of our money goes. Engineering comes in at 10% of a job and our job with Delaware have supported all this.

So again, thanks for bringing up old news, because we are much further along now with actually saving bridges. 40 site visits, publicly owned bridges that are under a preservation covenant for the structures.

Lessons learned. you bet cha.

Posted September 6, 2016, by Anonymous
Posted September 3, 2016, by Luke

Given the number of spans and the fact that the piers aren't the same, it's too short to be the northerly bridge, so it's more than likely the predecessor to the final version of this bridge.

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


The RI track chart I am looking at only lists DPG spans for this bridge. It looks like the TPG bridge was either somewhere else, or perhaps it was an older bridge at this location. A third option is that the bridge was rebuilt with a DPG main span replacing the TPG main span.

The pictures seem to support two different bridges. If you look at first picture, the piers seem different from the bridge in the next two. They look taller and slightly different shaped, especially the rounded caps on the tops. The first bridge also spans the river channel with a DPG instead of a TPG.

Posted August 22, 2016, by Luke

Looks nice, Kevin!.

I need to find something to do with my sliver of decking from the Dinkey Bridge.

Posted August 22, 2016, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Little keepsake piece from the bridge is almost done. The base is from the bridge decking.

Posted August 16, 2016, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)
Posted August 15, 2016, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Mystery Bridge except for the fact that the bridge did exist along the former Bonnie Doon line:

Posted August 12, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Should have figured it was a newspaper typo and therefore too good to be true...

Posted August 12, 2016, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Mr. Passman, the County Engineer for Crawford County is in the same boat as most county engineers in Iowa. The bridge doesn't meet the standards of the big trucks and combines and they won't put money into preservation for these types of bridges. They just won't.

There are ways to save these trusses.

I was the one that Jason is referring too when he posts on the Workin' Bridges page. There are bridges that can be saved and some that can't but I know one way that won't work is to call these folks names and I also know that no one posts on his posts on our page. If we can help save it we will but we have a lot of bridges that do come in on all stats for our analysis

However there is one county engineer in Iowa who has worked for years to find ways to save these bridges. This man will be the new president for the national engineers association and we are starting to get some leads from him from county engineers looking for information on real numbers for preservation that take many factors into account including feasibility, funding, and future prospects.

Posted August 11, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sorry Mr. ASSman... We don't agree with you closed-minded assessment!