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Foreston Bridge


Foreston Bridge parts

Portal Decorations and plaque on display inside Lidtke Mill near Lime Springs, Iowa.

Photo taken by Don Morrison in September 2012

License: Released into public domain


BH Photo #238742



Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Quail Avenue
Howard County, Iowa
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1892; Replaced 1998
- D.H. Young of Manchester, Iowa
Pratt through truss with pinned-connections and A-frame portal bracing
Length of largest span: 156.0 ft.
Total length: 130.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Also called
Upper Iowa Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.48607, -92.23717   (decimal degrees)
43°29'10" N, 92°14'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/561684/4815076 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cresco NW
Inventory numbers
IA 183690 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 53078 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 23, 2012: Updated by Don Morrison: Changed Oak Avenue to Quail Avenue in Overview
  • September 7, 2012: New photo from Luke Harden
  • September 7, 2012: Updated by Don Morrison: moved map pin to most likely position of replacement bridge
  • August 7, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited Builder
  • August 7, 2012: Added by Jason Smith


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  • Luke
  • Don Morrison


Foreston Bridge photo of decorations
Posted September 8, 2012, by Andrew Pearce (Drew458 [at] barking-moonbat [dot] com)

Wow, straight out of the catalogs, eh?


Seriously, we should all bear that in mind; many foundries existed that just made decorations, railings etc.. whether for bridges or for buildings. And they sold by catalog, or by traveling salesmen.

Foreston Bridge
Posted August 10, 2012, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

Posting the Lime Springs Bridge scene postcard image here, although perhaps it would be better to create a Lime Springs Bridge entry for it. I am assuming it was located just west of the mill and dam north of Lime Springs.

Foreston Bridge
Posted August 9, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If its a 1914 postcard, my understanding is because it is pre-1923, it is out of copyright and in the public domain.

Foreston Bridge
Posted August 9, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

If the image is of a vintage postcard, it's probably okay to post it, most of those postcard companies don't exist anymore.

Foreston Bridge
Posted August 9, 2012, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

You have the pin at the new (probably 1950s) Upper Iowa River bridge near Lime Springs. Foreston was actually downstream a couple of miles. There is a newer bridge on Quail Avenue that may have been a more likely spot for Foreston Bridge, but I'm not certain of that.

On the south bank of the Upper Iowa there is a dam and Lidtke Mill. It is west of the Oak Avenue bridge. Just west of the mill is a barricade, giving the impression that a bridge once crossed there. The town of Lime Springs was situated just south of the river, but moved to it's present location about 2 miles south when the railroad came through.

I have found a picture of a postcard from 1914 of a bridge scene at Lime Springs. The water appears to be as if it was impounded behind a dam. The bridge appears to be a trapezoidal Whipple truss design, therefore it's not Davis Bridge and not Hill's Mill Bridge(Which I recently drove across).

I found the picture on the net, so I don't own it. Is it okay to post it?

Also, there is a bridge at Florenceville (43.499966,-92.139728) that is used as a walking or snowmobile bridge. I was there years ago, but don't remember if it was a former road bridge or not. It bears investigating.