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McBride Covered Bridge


Historic photo


BH Photo #222116



Another one of Madison County's unique flat roofed covered bridges. It was built in 1871 by Benton Jones and stood until being destroyed by arson in 1983. The man who burned it did so because he was distraught over a woman who left him...they had carved their initials in the bridge. He would later turn himself in and as part of his sentence he performed many hours of community service, much of which went to working on the other bridges. My understanding is that he enjoyed it so much that he served many hours past what he was sentenced helping to preserve the other spans.


Lost Lattice through truss bridge over North River on McBride Bridge Road (now McBride Road)
Madison County, Iowa
Destroyed by fire
Built in 1871 by Benton Jones; destroyed by arson in 1983 and replaced.
- J.P. Clark
Lattice through truss with flat roof
Length of largest span: 72.0 ft.
Total length: 85.0 ft.
Also called
Wiggins Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.42461, -93.94020   (decimal degrees)
41°25'29" N, 93°56'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/421436/4586321 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Charles NW
Inventory numbers
WGCB 15-61-01x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 50652 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 27, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added builder from HAER
  • December 20, 2011: Added by Tony Dillon



McBride Covered Bridge
Posted May 19, 2019, by David Hansen (4life [at] mcg [dot] net)

The remains of the McBride ridge is located 2 miles north of Cummings Rd. on McBride Rd. -South of the River on the West side; down in a lower area. The red round metal supports are still there as are some burned wood. We just seen it last week as we did 22 years go also. I could sent some photos later if you email me. Thank you for posting the old photo, etc. of the bridge! D & C Hansen