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Anamosa Bridge



Photo by Bruce A. Harms, LBA; Summer 1996, for HAER

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BH Photo #123439

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Pratt through truss bridge over Wapsipinicon River on Pedestrian Walkway in Anamosa
Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa
Open to Pedestrian Traffic
Built 1887; Replaced 1929; Closed to vehicular traffic 1955; Restored 1975; Damaged by flooding in 2008 and closed to all traffic; Reopened after repairs, ca 2011-2012
- Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Works of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Single span, pin-connected Pratt through truss.

"Unaltered example of a metal Pratt through truss, unusual lattice vertical posts which may be unique to the Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Co.

""This document was prepared as part of the Iowa Historic Bridges Recording Project performed durng the Summer of 1996 by the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER). The project was sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT)."

Historians: Richard Vidutus, James Hippen

Total length: 160.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 27.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Old Highway 151 Bridge
Waspsipinicon State Park Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.10117, -91.29188   (decimal degrees)
42°06'04" N, 91°17'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/641240/4662420 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
Section 14, Township 84 North, Range 4 West
770 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 37392 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 21, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • October 6, 2013: New photo from Quinn Phelan
  • May 30, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • September 9, 2012: Updated by J.R. Manning: Repairs completed, reopened to pedestrians with a new deck
  • September 8, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • October 8, 2011: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • September 8, 2011: Updated by J.P.: changed bridge status.
  • February 17, 2011: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the GPS to reflect on the bridge's exact location
  • September 20, 2010: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated information/ changed name of bridge
  • March 27, 2010: Updated by Greg Hall: added location
  • September 9, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER IA-82 - Wapsipinicon River Bridge
  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Quinn Phelan - qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


Anamosa Bridge
Posted September 9, 2012, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The bridge is reopened with a new deck.

Wapsipinicon River Bridge - Anamosa, Iowa
Posted February 15, 2009, by Quinn Phelan (qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net)

I was in Anamosa, Iowa yesterday. Disappointed again to find another bridge that sustained damage in the June 2008 floods closed - to pedestrans in this case. No traffic has gone over this bridge since 1955. It was a nice day after a light overnight snowfall. This was as close as I could get. I have spoken to officials in several Iowa counties and cities, and they all say the same thing... "We have an engineer preparing a repair budget", or "We are hoping to have it repaired soon". Problem is that soon means 2012 in some cases I have found. I guess since it has been there since 1887 a few more months or years will be worth the wait ?