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Benton Street Bridge (Older)

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Old Benton Street Bridge

View of what I believe is a part of the original steel beam from the truss bridge over the Iowa River. New bridge can be partially seen in background. Taken June 18, 2013.

Photo taken by Dave King

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BH Photo #256785

Map 

Description 

Originally known as Ryerson Bridge and was built to serve Ryerson's Mill. Mill burnt down and the name went with it. People then called it Benton Street Bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost 2-span Parker Through truss bridge over Iowa River on Benton Street
Location
Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1902-03; replaced 1949
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Design
Parker through truss
Also called
Ryerson Mill Bridge
Ryerson Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.65102, -91.53842   (decimal degrees)
41°39'04" N, 91°32'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/621705/4612062 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Iowa City West
Inventory number
BH 56662 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

American Bridge Co. (1,159)
Beam (11,949)
Built 1903 (468)
Built during 1900s (6,283)
Iowa (5,787)
Iowa City, Iowa (41)
Iowa River (126)
Johnson County, Iowa (160)
Lost (18,681)
Owned by city (4,488)
Parker through truss (1,165)
Parker truss (1,519)
Pin-connected (3,219)
Replaced by new bridge (12,378)
Through truss (12,897)
Timber stringer (3,342)
Truss (29,443)
Vertical endposts (56)

Update Log 

  • June 19, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • June 20, 2013: Updated by Robert Elder: This is a Parker through truss. Added number of main spans.
  • June 19, 2013: New photos from Luke Harden
  • June 18, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added photograph of the bridge
  • June 18, 2013: Added by Dave King

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Comments 

Benton Street Bridge (Old)
Posted June 20, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks, Luke. I will change the category.

Benton Street Bridge (Old)
Posted June 19, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

WOW! This was an impressive bridge. It reminds me of the Bridgeport and Long Shoals bridges. Based on the photograph, it appears to be a Parker truss, not a Pennsylvania truss. Was there a span that was not visible in the photograph?