Rating:
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Geode Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Jo Naylor

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #236409

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Saunder's Branch on Path
Location
Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1933
Design
Stone arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.96153, -91.56283   (decimal degrees)
40°57'42" N, 91°33'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/620939/4535481 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mount Pleasant
Inventory number
BH 53034 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Arch (11,271)
Built 1933 (595)
Built during 1930s (10,691)
Deck arch (10,508)
Have street view (22,574)
Henry County, Iowa (47)
Iowa (5,824)
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa (2)
Open to pedestrians (3,569)
Owned by city (4,547)
Park (270)
Stone arch (2,675)

Update Log 

  • January 21, 2015: New Street View added by Luke
  • January 19, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added stream name
  • July 30, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke

Comments 

Geode Bridge
Posted July 31, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Very interesting bridge, and unique by its use of beautiful geodes in its construction. I noted a 1933 date marker in the bridge. This may be a bridge built through Depression relief programs. Many park bridges were built using these programs., and many of these bridges simulated stone arch bridges, but were not true stone arch bridges. This possibility as well as the construction date and general shape of the bridge lead me to believe this is not a stone arch, but is likely some type of concrete or steel bridge with stone facing. There is no way to tell from the existing photos; someone would have to look under the bridge to make a determination.