4 votes

The Bridge to Nowhere



Photo taken by Thaddeus Roan

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BH Photo #225124



I'm confused to what this bridge is for, I listed it as open to pedestrians as there is nothing really stopping anyone from walking across it.


It's a bridge in the middle of a field
Madison County, Iowa
Open to pedestrians
Pinned Pratt pony truss w/5 panels
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)


5-panel truss (476)
Iowa (6,188)
Madison County, Iowa (66)
Open to pedestrians (3,815)
Pin-connected (3,690)
Pony truss (15,690)
Pratt pony truss (3,472)
Pratt truss (8,725)
Truss (31,207)
Wooden deck (6,002)

Update Log 

  • 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



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.