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Wheeler Bridge



History timeline as posited by the blogger at lucascountyan: Built 1898; Damaged by a falling tree & repaired; Rehabilitated 1956.


Lost pratt pony truss bridge over Whitebreast Creek on Swede Hollow Road
Lucas County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1898; Damaged by a falling tree & repaired; Rehabilitated 1956; replaced 2016
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 64.0 ft.
Total length: 97.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Also called
Whitebreast Creek Bridge
Swede Hollow Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.08389, -93.39411   (decimal degrees)
41°05'02" N, 93°23'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/466897/4548145 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 73 N., R. 22 W., Sec. 33
Inventory numbers
IA 227700 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13914 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2013)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 19.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)


19th Century (6,222)
Built 1898 (262)
Built during 1890s (2,487)
Iowa (5,823)
Lost (18,931)
Lost 2016 (149)
Lost during 2010s (2,077)
Lucas County, Iowa (68)
One-lane traffic (7,433)
Owned by county (18,919)
Pony truss (15,080)
Pratt pony truss (3,199)
Pratt truss (8,069)
Replaced by new bridge (12,561)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,010)
Structurally deficient (18,550)
Total length 75-100 feet (5,998)
Truss (29,542)
Wooden deck (5,872)

Update Log 

  • August 3, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Visited site. Bridge has been replaced with a steel stringer design.
  • October 31, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added local name, noted that the bridge has been closed for over a year due to a truck damaging the bridge.
  • May 2, 2015: Updated by Kevin Skow: Fixed Location



Wheeler Bridge
Posted October 31, 2015, by Luke

This bridge definitely was not built in 1956 as the NBI reports.

The blogger I've cited posits that the bridge is the repaired version of an 1898 structure.