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Miller Bridge



Photo taken by Thaddeus Roan

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BH Photo #225124



Originally spanned the North River 7 miles Northwest of Winterset.


Relocated Pratt pony truss sitting on dry land
Madison County, Iowa
Open to pedestrians
- H.P. Jones & G.K. Foster of Winterset, Iowa (Contractors)
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (Fabricator)
5-panel, pinned Pratt pony truss
Also called
The Bridge to Nowhere
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.32215, -93.95779   (decimal degrees)
41°19'20" N, 93°57'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/419841/4574962 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49214 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (7,638)
5-panel truss (487)
Built 1884 (179)
Built during 1880s (2,013)
H.P. Jones & G.K. Foster (5)
Iowa (6,534)
King Bridge Co. (368)
Madison County, Iowa (66)
Open to pedestrians (4,256)
Pin-connected (3,932)
Pony truss (16,260)
Pratt pony truss (3,657)
Pratt truss (9,360)
Relocated (911)
Truss (33,018)
Wooden deck (6,084)

Update Log 

  • January 28, 2020: Updated by Luke: Linked Miller Bridge entries
  • January 28, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added historic name, builders and other info per forum post
  • January 30, 2018: Updated by Dave King: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Wooden deck", "5-panel truss"
  • January 30, 2018: New photo from Kevin Skow
  • October 11, 2013: New photos from James Baughn
  • February 10, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • December 26, 2011: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • December 21, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added new info
  • July 26, 2011: Added by Luke Harden

Related Bridges 



Miller Bridge
Posted January 28, 2020, by Gil Graham (ggraham [at] baileybridge [dot] com)

It's more like the "bridge to the other side" of nowhere. It does have some nice details too.

The Bridge to Nowhere
Posted January 28, 2020, by Teddi Yaeger (tourism [at] madisoncounty [dot] com)

I can tell you exactly what this bridge is! It's the Miller Bridge, erected in 1884, and one of Iowa's earliest documented Pratt pony trusses still intact (less than 50 have survived). It was first erected over North River on a secondary road seven miles northwest of Winterset in Union Township, (Township 76 North, Range 27 West,Section 2). It was named after an adjacent landowner, George Miller. It's a King Iron Bridge, and the contractors were Harvey P. Jones and George K. Foster, the builders of Madison County's flat-roofed bridges. It is listed under the Iowa Historic Bridge Inventory (HABS/HAER Inventory), IDOT #233810.

The Bridge to Nowhere
Posted September 30, 2012, by Nancy mouw (nlrmouw [at] gmail [dot] com)

So what's the story on this bridge? I was there and am just curious.

The Bridge to Nowhere
Posted December 22, 2011, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Actually, it's not a bad idea. I'll just make a copy of the pic I took in 2007 and paste it on the page. You'll see it over the holidays as I have some pics to post anyway.

Happy Christmas, JS

The Bridge to Nowhere
Posted December 21, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Maybe we can have Jason move pic #15 on the Holliwell Covered bridge page over to this page and then there will be a one of it.

The Bridge to Nowhere
Posted December 21, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Excellent! Maybe by placing this historic metal truss bridge next to the covered bridge it will help educate the general public that the definition of a "historic bridge" extends beyond wooden covered bridges. I am however disappointed that here on BridgeHunter there are tons of photos of the covered bridges but none of this bridge.

The Bridge to Nowhere
Posted July 26, 2011, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Luke, I know where this bridge is located. It is right next to the Holliwell Bridge. You can actually see it from the covered bridge. It was relocated here from another location, which I will pursue when I'm in IA this summer.