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Afton Covered Bridge


Lost Through truss bridge over Middle River on Road
Madison County, Iowa
Destroyed by collision
Built 1872, lost to an ice jam 1924
- Eli Cox of Ohio
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.29918, -94.03281   (decimal degrees)
41°17'57" N, 94°01'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/413532/4572484 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 15-61-08x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 64080 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,628)
Built 1872 (128)
Built during 1870s (1,324)
Covered (2,264)
Destroyed by collision (101)
Destroyed by ice (17)
Eli Cox (2)
Iowa (6,811)
Lost (29,036)
Lost 1924 (60)
Lost during 1920s (674)
Madison County, Iowa (67)
Through truss (17,174)
Truss (35,919)

Update Log 

  • January 27, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added builder from HAER
  • November 14, 2014: Added by Luke



Afton Covered Bridge
Posted February 13, 2021, by Teddi Yaeger (tourism [at] madisoncounty [dot] com)

In my research as project manager for the Covered Bridges Scenic Byway, I have compiled the following information:

Afton/Reedís Crossing Bridge (1872-1924)

Built in Lincoln Township over the Middle River by Eli Cox in 1872, the Afton/Reedís Crossing Bridge was ordered in June of 1871 for a cost of $1,800. It stood east of where the old Afton road crossed the Middle River and into a horseshoe bend. (As near as can be figured, the Afton Bridge would likely have been located on what is now Knoll Ridge Trail, just east of a horseshoe bend.) The bridge was destroyed by ice in a spring flood in 1924.(The Afton Bridge Mill, as it was later called, was built in 1850 by J.T. Bertholf. It was a grist mill. It was located in Lincoln Township, just north of the (now present) Afton bridge.) Ė History of Madison County, Mueller

However, county records (Board of Supervisors, 1872) show that John P. Clark worked on Afton (Reed) Bridge.