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Osage Bridge

Photo 

Photo provided by Hank Zaletel

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BH Photo #246129

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Cedar River on Iowa Highway 9
Location
Mitchell County, Iowa
Status
Replaced by a new bridge, truss spans relocated to Allamakee County in 1939, where it served traffic for another 55 years
History
Built 1878 Replaced in 1939 with the truss spans being relocated to Allamakee County to serve traffic for 55 years- later destroyed during an attempt to relocate it.
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Whipple through truss (2-spans)
Also called
Highway 9 Bridge
West Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.28351, -92.85246   (decimal degrees)
43°17'01" N, 92°51'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/511969/4792309 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Osage
Inventory number
BH 53095 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 10, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "IA 9"
  • January 2, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added link to postcard.
  • October 26, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Added category "Wrought iron"
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Changed and added information on the bridge
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Don Morrison: Added category "Cedar River (Minnesota-Iowa)"

Related Bridges 

  • Ellingson Bridge (Parts reused in) - Bridge moved from west of Osage in Mitchell County

Sources 

  • Don Morrison
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Flickr
  • Luke

Comments 

Osage Bridge
Posted August 10, 2012, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

Interesting information, Jason. Where in Winneshiek County was the Bridge moved to?

Growing up in Osage, we called our bridges South Bridge, Lime Kiln Road Bridge, and this one West bridge. The site of the Pierce bridge was called Old South Bridge.

There is also an interesting pontoon bridge just upstream from the site of Pierce Bridge. Sunny Brae Golf Course puts it out seasonally to reach an across-the-river green.

Here's a postcard image of West Bridge.