Rating:
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Kent Park Bowstring Arch Bridge

Photos 

K1

Photo taken by Julie Bowers in June 2011

BH Photo #202777

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring pony truss bridge on a trail at F.W. Kent County Park
Location
Johnson County, Iowa
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built in the 1870's over a tributary of Old Man's Creek in Liberty Township on Dane Road this bridge was moved to F.W. Kent Park in the late 1990's
Builder
- King Iron Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Design
Bowstring pony truss
Dimensions
Total length: 70.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.72827, -91.72956   (decimal degrees)
41°43'42" N, 91°43'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/605662/4620387 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tiffin
Inventory number
BH 48995 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2017: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Cruciform Outriggers"
  • September 16, 2013: New photos from Jason Smith
  • August 23, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • September 24, 2011: Edited the names of the Kent Park bridges to use the names shown on the signs (and to eliminate the duplication of #3).
  • September 21, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • June 27, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Tweaked information a little
  • June 27, 2011: Added by Julie Bowers

Sources 

  • Julie Bowers - jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Kent Park Bowstring Arch Bridge
Posted July 17, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Larry Lovetinsky will be doing a bridge talk on July 19 at 6:00 pm if you are interested in hearing him babel about our bridges then you should make a journey. It's near Iowa City.

We should all thank Larry for all the efforts in saving these priceless pieces of history.

Kent Park #1
Posted June 28, 2011, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was greeted by Lyle, who did these bridges and he deserves a ton of credit for a great park. I have more pictures and I now know what a roof truss bridge is. It came from an auto dealer and it looks like a bowstring, but it was a ROOF TRUSS. Yikes. Love it.

Also went to see Upper Bluffton. YEAH. She stands proud in the prairie grass, waiting patiently for us to come take her apart.

Johnson County might want the pony truss. More will be revealed.

Kent Park #1
Posted June 28, 2011, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks Tony, I am going back today to take the walk. It is beautiful out. I will also stop and talk with the folks at the Conservation Board. See if they have any info on where these bridges came from and if they want more....