3 votes

Kent Park Roof Truss Bridge



Photo taken by Julie Bowers in June 2011

BH Photo #202902


Roof truss bowstring bridge on a trail at F.W. Kent County Park
Johnson County, Iowa
Open to pedestrians
- Illinois Steel Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
Roof Truss
Length of largest span: 75.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.73071, -91.73082   (decimal degrees)
41°43'51" N, 91°43'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/605553/4620655 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49003 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Illinois Steel Co. (29)
Iowa (6,793)
Johnson County, Iowa (219)
Open to pedestrians (4,581)
Other pony truss (17)
Owned by county (21,607)
Park (284)
Pony truss (17,011)
Preserved (1,229)
Relocated (1,035)
Roof Truss (7)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,651)
Truss (35,451)

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2013: Updated by Dave King: Added new photos
  • September 21, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • June 28, 2011: Added by Julie Bowers


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


Kent Park #3
Posted June 30, 2011, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

They were so proud of this bridge. If it was wider you could drive a truck over it, Larry said. That is him on the bridge He also helped me get my glasses out of the lake. He says in four years when he retires he just wants to go out and save bridges. I offered him work. He and Nels will get along just fine, talking rivets and welds and such. He also made me notice the signage, which I had, being parts of or replicated span parts with rivets to hold them up. Awesome work.

Kent Park #3
Posted June 30, 2011, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

I like it ! I can get behind this type of recycling anytime. The old roof trusses made a dandy bowstring.

Kent Park #3
Posted June 29, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Very unique!......and at about 80 years old it is historic.

Hard to classify it as an historic bridge..... hmmmm, how about we call it an "Historic Re-purposed Structure" or HRS for short.

You gotta admit it's better than an MOB!

Kent Park #3
Posted June 28, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Quite an interesting reuse of roof supports.