Visited this one today. Found it barricaded and the road closed at the railroad crossing, which was removed. Underneath appears to have clear evidence of railroad origins. I ran into a gentleman who works for the county road department further east who knew of the bridge, and mentioned it had been there his whole life and it may be demolished soon.
Here are some pictures of this bridge.
A shame that this beautiful structure had to be removed...
I would bet that this bridge was probably reconstructed at some point with new piers and in a single track configuration. It is possible that these spans were from the old bridge and set onto new piers.
Thanks Melissa! Unfortunately I'm coming up dry on finding a picture of the predecessor bridge or the other non-Wolf bridges in the area.
Did find a nice lead on a rare ISHC-designed cantilevered deck truss...
Love the photos Luke !
Not a bowstring expert, but I think looks like the Wolf bridge as well. The plaques appear to be in the same spots, an it appears there was more than one span.
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.
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.
The Rose-Dunmire Covered Bridge was completed in August 1871 over the North River in Jackson Township along Creamery Road, about eight miles south of Dexter, adjacent to property owned by John and George Rose. According to the August 24, 1871 issue of the Winterset Madisionian, “The new bridge across North River, in the Rose neighborhood, has just been completed. It is a very superior bridge forty-five feet long with approaches seven feet on one end, and thirty feet on the other. It is covered and painted, and cost nine hundred dollars.” Payment was given to E. H. Conger to build it.
In 1912, a new iron pony truss bridge was built, bypassing the old bridge. (The photograph above shows the crew on the new bridge during construction with the old bridge in the background. It’s believed that this photograph was taken in 1910 or 1911.)
Jurgensen Bridge has been relocated to an area adjacent to Cedar Lake.
McBride Bridge (1882 -1983)
Once located in Section 34, Jefferson Township, about seven miles northeast of Winterset and over the North River branch, the McBride Bridge was built in the spring of 1882 under the direction of bridge crew foremen Harvey P. Jones and George K. Foster, using the Town lattice truss and a nearly flat roof. (It was not built by Benton Jones, as previously reported.) It was approved by supervisors in January 1882 as a bridge at Folwell Ford. Folwell Ford served as a public highway that ran northeast through the farm of Samuel Folwell, then turned north at a property line shared with Augustus and George Burger. McBride was also referred to as Burger Bridge for a time, and can be found in the county engineer’s Bridge Book No. 2 as “Burger Bridge”. However, it ended up later being named after Scottish immigrants, Malcolm and Eleanor McBride.
The total length of the bridge was 85 feet, with the length of the longest span at 72 feet. McBride was bypassed in 1966 when a modern bridge was built nearby. The McBride Bridge fell victim to arson on October 8, 1983. According to news reports, a local man had just broken up with a girlfriend when she decided to go back to her husband, and he burned the bridge down attempting to remove his initials from the bridge.
In April of 1872, the county authorized $1,600 for L.W. Winkley to build a bridge over Clanton Creek in Section 2 of the South Township. It is believed to have been removed in 1934 and replaced by a more modern bridge in a slightly different spot. Records in The Madisonian shows that John P. Clark worked on the Rhyno.
In my research as project manager for the Covered Bridges Scenic Byway, I have compiled the following information:
Afton/Reed’s Crossing Bridge (1872-1924)
Built in Lincoln Township over the Middle River by Eli Cox in 1872, the Afton/Reed’s Crossing Bridge was ordered in June of 1871 for a cost of $1,800. It stood east of where the old Afton road crossed the Middle River and into a horseshoe bend. (As near as can be figured, the Afton Bridge would likely have been located on what is now Knoll Ridge Trail, just east of a horseshoe bend.) The bridge was destroyed by ice in a spring flood in 1924.(The Afton Bridge Mill, as it was later called, was built in 1850 by J.T. Bertholf. It was a grist mill. It was located in Lincoln Township, just north of the (now present) Afton bridge.) – History of Madison County, Mueller
However, county records (Board of Supervisors, 1872) show that John P. Clark worked on Afton (Reed) Bridge.
The bridge you're thinking of is https://bridgehunter.com/ia/pottawattamie/bh55079/, complete with a screencap of the article you mention.
The Davenport, Iowa newspaper story in February 1911 shows a photo of this bridge. The story says that the builder was the Gould Construction Company of Davenport.
My great-grandfather built this bridge. He was the Taylor in the Miller-Taylor Construction company. I’ve been trying to learn more about him. Stumbling on this website has been very helpful!
I am glad to be of help on this. Here are some more pictures. I wish the light had been better but sometimes we take what we get. The turn at the south end of the span would have been fairly tight due to the hillside when it was in use.
Oh, my. For years (30?) I have been within 2 miles of this bridge but "took a wrong turn at Albuquerque" instead. We look forward to enjoying this one in person next time we are travelling through (taking that small detour to the west...) in Washington. Great photos, folks!
Wow!!! I was highly suspect, and I fully expected this to be confirmed. However, this is very significant on both a state level and a national level.
Thank you so much Troy for helping uncover one of the most significant bridges in Iowa. My goal is to find which spans of La Crosse this came from. There were four different bridges (Main Channel, East Channel, French Slough and Black River).
I do wonder what the story is here. Was it railroad and then a local road and then in the DNR land? Was it sold after La Crosse was replaced? I am planning on working towards answering these questions.
I got a fair number of additional pictures of this bridge today so thought I would share.
I made it back to the bridge today and did a bit more looking on the outside of one of the sides of the portal it has Trenton NJ and on the vertical members had the inscription Pat July 1874. I took some pictures but they did not come out the best due to the condition of the members. I tried to bring the inscription out as best I could with some snow.
The Burlington also went under here along with the Rock Island. It isn't wide enough for two parallel tracks, but Rock Island maps for Oskaloosa show they went through on a gauntlet.
I will try to swing over there again soon and see if I can find the inscription and post some additional photos. I need to hit that area anyway to get additional pictures for my facebook page Bridging the Driftless. This site has been an incredible resource for me in my research for that page so anything I can do to help is a small thank you for all the work that has been put into it.
very pretty i like it
The Cass Street bridge is intact contrary to information on this Website. An article from November 1922 states the bridge consists of two 90 foot spans and a 30 foot approach, or a total length of 210 feet. Both spans exist.
A. Olsen Construction Co of Waterloo, Iowa won the bid for $29,640.
Contracts for filling both ends were also let with local hog farmer M J Conboy filling the east and E. Bergemery of Elkader filling the west.
I'm pretty sure too.
I believe that is this bridge..
Davis County pictometry imagery confirms that this is a fairly large stone arch..
I've received word that this bridge will be replaced beginning next year. The bridge will probably be demolished in late 2024 or early 2025.
3 panel Pratt
I guess I'm gonna hedge my bet and go with Howe because QP's are double-dippers somehow, and with that so is my bet...
If weather stays dry, I might swing by see if the road is truly abandoned/not blocked off+private.
Call Vegas tell them we have a new betting game. My money's on Queenpost.
...that or a Queenpost
Or the "Greetings from Indiana" postcard... With a covered bridge from New Hampshire adorning it!
...Like we don't have any in the Hoosier state!
My favorite stock photo fail...
A couple years ago, I saw a (probably phishing spam) link about some sort of Alaskan vacation package. The photo of "Alaska" depicted the night sky - with the Southern Cross front and center...
Not to mention that the “most beautiful bridges in your state” always seem to be half MOBs...implying that this particular bridge is unsafe seems kinda dumb though. There’s really no evidence that I saw or the NBI has seen that this bridge is in super poor condition..
"Only In Your State" is an absolute joke to say the least. I used to get the ones for Indiana but found them to be littered with incorrect information. I would comment and try to help correct things (especially relating to bridges), but found they would reprint the same story at a later time with the same fallacies.
Oooooh, dat's scary!
Lol. Not one of their stock photos is of this bridge or of a pony, and probably not from iowa, either.
I have found the contract and blueprints for this bridge in a collection of Authority for Expenditures (AFEs) by the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad. The bridge was originally built in 1889 as an approach span to the railroad bridge at Carver, Minnesota. Upon the replacement of that bridge, the two truss lines were cut from the floor and stored at the station in Carver between 1917 and 1921, before being shipped to this location that summer. Minneapolis Steel Construction Company (Minneapolis Steel & Machinery Company) constructed a new floor system and erected this bridge at its present location. The other approach span at Carver had a similar fate, ending up as an overpass in Victoria, Minnesota; although that bridge was replaced in 2003.
Listed as 4-44' Deck girders in a 1973 track chart, although this is very likely inaccurate. Current bridge shows a 1907 stamp and a 1903 plaque. Very likely more to the story on this one.
This one is curious. A 1897 date stamp, and the bridge appears to have been a ca. 1900 to ca. 1905 span. The old second track (http://bridgehunter.com/ia/polk/bh75590/) gave a date of 1901.
The replacement contractor gives further information:
"The bridge was originally built in 1902, piers rebuilt in 1943. "
Except, it appears the piers were part of the 1897/1901 bridge. The 1902 date does seem appropriate for the truss. There are two other bridges on this line that also appear to have been moved in the mid-1940s:
The Rock Island did a lot of realignments in southeast Iowa during the mid 1940s, and at least 3 spans like this are have known to existed down there. It is possible that these spans could have all been moved from out east as the railroad upgraded lines.
Article suggests a 1902 build year for the bridge.
Paul Rottinghaus has purchased the Sherman's Nursery property and plans to upgrade the warehouse building and fix up the bridges.
I think it's time to add the new I-74 tied-arch bridge on bridgehunter since the westbound span is now finished and open to traffic.
Love the name
This bridge is also locally known as Snell's bridge as the old stone house to the east of it was built by the Snell family in the late 1860's-early 1870's. The attached pictures were taken 11/1/2020 and 11/4/2020.
It's always money and risk as far as I've been able to ascertain. Oh, and old white male supervisors that make those budgetary decisions. This bridge isn't far from the disaster at the bowstring. Gravel companies and big ag drive the bus up there. 400 crossings in that county.
Yes, it certainly should be left standing as the last inspection report gives no indication that it will collapse anytime in the near future. But beyond that the ADT count on this bridge is ridiculously low, and the small area it serves appears to be as much forest as agriculture. This bridge has served that area for 114 years and I see no reason it couldn't have be rehabbed for continued use.
His comment about ignorance was referring to the county's desire to remove the bridge instead of leaving it as-is for pedestrian usage.
Not ignorance really. Too many bridges with ag traffic. Small county budgets. How would you make those decisions Tony? They know what they have, or had. Saved a few I guess but are there solutions you could share for the county engineers?
Winneshiek County continues to flaunt their ignorance.
I hadn't noticed the plaques on this one before... Identical to Massillon plaques from the 1880's.
A new bridge has been built on new alignment and while the bridge is still standing it sounds like they plan demolition eventually. https://www.decorahnews.com/news-stories/2020/10/26607.html
Added the NRHP Registration Form for Lock and Dam No. 15. (Apparently there's a whole book of forms that concern Historic Places on the Upper Mississippi, but I did set the link for where Lock and Dam is in the book.)
Great added photos! In the first photo, this bridge appears to have one distinctive feature: a (somewhat lazy) guard dog.
It is the same bridge. Thank you very much for posting it and the website!
I believe I may have found a better picture of this long gone bridge. See uploaded file. The source of file is as follows> https://thelensofhistory.com/directory/root-samuel/
Glad those rails are there, that looks like quite a fall! XD
I finally got to see this breathtaking bridge in person and got to drive across it today. The thought of demolition of this magnificent structure is appalling to me, and talking to one of the residents of Lansing, the entire village is also in an uproar about it. The businesses in the village are in some way connected to the bridge, and its loss would also mean a tragic loss for Lansing’s identity as well. Many people have appealed to the Coast Guard to consider preservation options, but the Coast Guard does not seem to care, and has given a huge “F you” to the entire village. FAIL.
Visited this bridge right after the one in St. Olaf; still extant and looking to be in pretty good shape. Gotta love Iowa!
Visited this bridge on 10/14/2020; it is still extant and has no posted load limit. This bridge is mostly Warren configuration, but the center panel on each truss has a Pratt/like “X”, which I know has been brought up before on this website. The bridge looks to be in excellent condition with no pack rust or modifications that I could see. The bridge is fairly heavily used by trucks and farm equipment.
Nice find, Dave! Welcome back!
My Brother was killed on the east side of Bridge by
16 year old kids firing 22 rifle from west side of budge
On October 1 1967. My brother was deer hunting
I like how this abandoned bridge still has a better paint job than most bridges in Louisiana
Yep. It's annoying that they're not reusing it from a preservationist perspective. But having done some work in the area after the derecho, I'm not surprised they wanted it out of the way.
Looks like this ones a goner.
The link to the photo has gone dead.
I moved the location based on maps including this one:
There was another crossing of the other channel of the Nodaway east of here and I can't be sure if this bridge was here or to the east.
Some history in an article about the 2018 replacement:
This bridge was replaced in 2009.
Google street view also confirms replacement.
I had to stare at this one for a bit..I knew I had seen something similar before, but when I saw the almost perfect match in design, that was pretty cool. Looks like I'm gonna have to get back up to Allamakee County.
It's unfortunate that the Milwaukee Road Archives are no longer staffed. I would say its almost certain this bridge came from one of the many 1870s La Crosse spans, but I would love to know which channel it originally crossed. Being fabricated in 1876, the only railroad trusses I know in Iowa are older are both in Dubuque..
Good work finding that connection John, my first thought when I saw that portal bracing is it looked like something I had seen on an ancient railroad bridge but I couldn't remember where! This is a highly significant span!
Thank you so much for posting these pictures. To me, this very much looks like a railroad bridge that was reused. I was poking around a little bit, trying to see if I could find a similar span that would've been on the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad system. The Milwaukee Road had a branch which went right next to this bridge. Some bridges closer to Waterville appear to have been upgraded in the 1930s or 1940s, which aligns with when this bridge first shows up in aerial imagery in 1952.
I did manage to find a bridge with very similar details, located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (http://bridgehunter.com/wi/eau-claire/bh47520/). The eastern two spans of that bridge were originally built in 1876, before being shortened from 160' and moved to the current location. That bridge was strengthened in 1941, but many of the original details are still evident. Judging by the photos posted, it appears the following details are identical:
-Portal and sway bracing is set on top of the truss, indicating a replacement of the original portals
-the endpost has a bevel in it where it meets the top chord
-the pinned connections rest on top of the floor beam
-the heel bracing on the sway bracing is virtually identical
-the vertical members are virtually identical
-all pin connections appear virtually identical
I believe confirmation that this span was originally built as a railroad span in 1876, before being moved to a branch line and eventually to road use could be had by finding this inscription on the vertical members: http://bridgehunter.com/photos/35/31/353162-L.jpg
While I have no way to confirm yet what the history of this bridge is, it does seem very likely that this span is related to the Eau Claire span.
This bridge was closed (not sure when) and ultimately lost this year. I took pictures of it back in May and took my wife to see it last month and it was gone.
Here are a couple pictures of this bridge from 09/20/2020
I visited this bridge on 9/20/2020 and took a few pictures. It is on a horse/hiking trail and is accessible by after about 100 yards of flat surface walking from a parking area.
I re-visited this bridge last night. It has been replaced with a large culvert in connection with development in the area from rural to residential.
Since the shown truss is a ISHC standard design, and the ISHC didn't exist until 1914, I think it's safe to say that the 1966 rehab was a replacement project.
Took a second look but that's a wrecking ball behind him.
The through truss span of this bridge is NOT a Howe truss. It is probably an early Warren truss with a web constructed of cast or wrought iron compression members and steel tension rod members.
Being repainted as of 7/8/2020
Visited here Aug 13, 2020 with my wife and son. Bridge is very solid although has some sketchy places you can see from the pedestrian walkway.
This bridge and little village are a must see if you're passing nearby. There is a nice pavilion for a group picnic, there are bathrooms, a weekend cafe, some nice friendly antique shops, a quaint rose garden. The grounds around the bridge are well kept and tidy. Below is the address for my son's video post of the Benetonsport Bridge walkover.
I was expecting to spend 40 mins here for the bridge doing pics & vids, instead we were here a couple hours and still had more to see. Keosauqua is upstream 6 miles and has some nice eateries and historic riverfront hotel. Another 8 miles west on Hwy 2 is the Dutchman Country Store which in Cantril is another fun store.
There are a few other abandoned bridges not far away in Van Buren Co, plus be sure to see the historic Wickfield Round Barn 2 miles east of Cantril.
Finally, Van Buren County has an annual celebration the 2nd Weekend of October with activities just about everywhere. The Wickfield Barn is open for tours as well.
It appears ca. 1972 in HistoricAerials.com looking new-ish and connecting to the CGW's line.
East of the Cheslea Creek bridge noted on the website, is another north/south wooden railroad bridge, hidden by foliage, that crosses Cheslea Creek just east of S. Benjamin. Anyone know anything about the bridge, the original owning railroad, etc.?
Visited here, Aug 31, 2020. Pretty overgrown and forlorn. However, bridge is easy to access, very good road, bridge is still pretty solid.
2019 aerial imagery shows this bridge being at least partially replaced. The trestle was undoubtedly replaced, and it is possible that the steel spans were also replaced:
Well that caboose proves that Milwaukee Road was a line with character!
These images are Richard Wilson photographs (Per HiawathaRails on Flickr) and I don't know if they're reusable on BH. I'll shoot a PM to HiawathaRails and try to sort that out.
The bridge in the photo is the Burlington Road Overpass https://bridgehunter.com/ia/muscatine/bh56993/, not Lowe Run.
In any case, these images are Richard Wilson photographs (Per HiawathaRails on Flickr) and I don't know if they're reusable on BH. I'll shoot a PM to HiawathaRails and try to sort that out.
Does the disc have any imagery of the bridges at Conesville?
found this photo off a disc
this is off a disc my friend has
I'm still shaking my head over the modern truss bridge being "historically relevant" comment... wtf!
This bridge is not entirely modern. There are still a dozen or more deck girder spans that are from the original 1903 structure.
The people running this city continue to be clueless, one of them being quoted as describing the process of demolishing this bridge and salvaging parts for display as taking "a couple guys and a blowtorch"
Apparently even "two men and a torch" is a "bridge to far" for this shortsighted city, who isn't willing to spend any more than $7,000 to "memorialize" the bridge. Let alone actually preserve this beautiful historic truss.
Over the last five-plus years, the Waverly City Council in various forms have debated what to do about the Third Street Southeast Bridge, known colloquially as the Green Bridge.
Built in 1917 as the Harmon Street Bridge, Third Street’s original name, the steel truss span was closed down in February 2015 after an inspection by WHKS & Co., the city’s bridge manager, found structural deficiencies. Since then, the council haltingly considered different remedies for the bridge, from fixing it to replacing it with a pedestrian bridge to current plans to simply remove it.
As the removal studies continue by WHKS, current council members considered preserving a portion of the bridge for a non-working display. However, on Monday, they changed course.
Following an amendment proposed by Ward 4 Councilwoman Heather Beaufore, the council approved a resolution to have city staff memorialize the Green Bridge with plaques at either end of the bridge site or at a point in South Riverside Park that currently overlooks the span with a budget of $7,000.
City Administrator James Bronner told the council that staff didn’t necessarily want to preserve a part of the bridge, but he wanted to start a conversation over how to memorialize it. He brought forward an estimated cost from WHKS of $55,000 to move a complete span of the bridge.
“I know there has been a lot of discussions of should we move it all, should we do a piece of it, a full span, etc.,” Bronner said. “That’s where I leave it to you, as council, to do the discussion.”
In past meetings, members had discussed moving a piece of the bridge into Brookwood Park, into the portion where former water treatment silos currently stand. Mayor Adam Hoffman had told Waverly Newspapers on Monday prior to the meeting that another possibility was to put the bridge on a pylon in the river near South Riverside Park.
However, the $55,000 price tag seemed to be a sticking point for some council members, while the safety and liability of having the structure on display would be a detriment to the city.
Beaufore added that placing a piece of the bridge within the flood plain could be a hazard whenever the Cedar River leaves its banks in the southeast quadrant of town.
“It could be dangerous for people down river when it floods,” Beaufore said. “I would personally prefer something much smaller scale.
“I frequently go on walks, seeing some of the monuments with the rocks and the bronze plate and pictures and little stories about historical structures. I really like those. They’re really pretty. They give you facts, they give you something to stop and look at and read, and they’re not really dangerous to be going floating down the river.”
At-Large Councilwoman Ann Rathe added that many of the people she spoke to were not generally in favor of the bridge preservation idea, but not because of fears of whether it would float away.
She asked Leisure Services Director Garret Riordan what the cost would be to do a display similar to those, for example, near the Cedar River Dam and the Ira Sturdevant House.
Riordan said the signs at the dam were “right at” $2,000 each.
“(It would depend on) what extent if we wanted to go that way, how many signs there would be, pictures there would be, that type of thing, would have to be considered,” Riordan said.
Bronner also asked if the council wanted to do a smaller-scale memorial of the bridge if they wanted to utilize pieces of the span, namely a girder or flooring.
“We’ve had some things thrown at us by some citizens about some possible looks that could be done,” he said, “but I don’t know what the cost of that is to set aside, cut parts of it off and then dispose of it, that’s also unknown. We didn’t have a good direction how to move forward, how big, etc.”
At-Large Councilman Matt Schneider said that was his idea as well, but he also didn’t know how to proceed, either.
“I’m thinking in terms of cost, a blow torch and two guys, I’m not sure what that is,” Schneider said.
Ward 1 Councilman Brian Birgen also related concerns about liability from people climbing onto the old bridge in a park.
“I agree with Ann that I haven’t heard from anybody who’s 100% in favor of putting a span in the park or preserving a span as much as everybody wants some kind of memorial,” Birgen said. “The idea of something in South Riverside Park that’s overlooking the area where the bridge used to be, with some kind of picture or engraving of what the bridge looked like from that view, I think, would be very welcome.
“We could also put some kind of marking at either end of where the span used to be. … That’s going to get a whole lot less foot traffic if there’s no bridge there.”
He added the $55,000 estimate for preserving a whole section of the bridge is high based on the city’s benefit. He didn’t see the value of spending that much to memorialize the bridge in Brookwood Park, which he said was “off the beaten path.”
Beaufore tossed a few possible budget numbers before settling on $7,000, and asked if there was some way for either staff or a committee or commission to come up with a way to satisfy the goals within that limit. Bronner said she could amend the original $55,000 resolution, which she did.
“WHKS is going to need to tweak the agreement slightly if, in fact, they need to move the span to the park, or if they have to place it somewhere to have pieces cut out of it and then take it away,” Bronner said. “We’re wanting to get an idea of where council sits.”
Of course you might end up living under the bridge Mike... But Hell, it's worth a try! 😜
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 :^)