September 3, 2003 around 8:30 p.m. the 136 year old bridge was burned. Keokuk County Sheriff Ron George said the fire was arson and that the fire started in the middle of the bridge.
The queenpost had already been removed at the time of the arson.
Either it was removed when The covered bridge was taken off the county road system in the 50s and relocated elsewhere for other usage, or a flood took it out.
Exactly - but if the Queenpost did not have a shed over top, it might not have been seen as historic by some folks.
Robert has nothing against covered bridges, he just wishes that metal truss bridges (especially the pre-1900 variety would receive a similar interest).
It could have been if Robert were there to cover it with his tool shed...
Surely the beautiful metal queenpost truss span COULD have been salvaged after the fire?