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Wilton Bridge

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Scan provided by the Wilton Historical Society

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BH Photo #271130

Map 

Description 

A Chinook-based relocation failed due to the bridge being heavier than expected.

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Mud Creek on a local road
Location
Muscatine County, Iowa
Status
Destroyed by flooding
History
Built 1897; rehabilitated 1936; Closed 1988 Replaced 1996, Attempted relocation failed April 1996; Destroyed by flooding May 1996
Builder
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 120.1 ft.
Total length: 120.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.2 ft.
Also called
Mud Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.57924, -91.02703   (decimal degrees)
41°34'45" N, 91°01'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/664472/4604940 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wilton
Land survey
T. 78 N., R. 2 W., Sec. 12
Inventory numbers
IA 258140 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 40665 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 14, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 14, 2019: Updated by Luke: Corrected cause of loss + corrected info on failed relocation.
  • June 6, 2019: New photos from Luke
  • December 23, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Correction: Bridge was destroyed during a relocation attempt
  • November 24, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder, cause of destruction
  • October 30, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added road
  • March 1, 2009: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Wilton Bridge
Posted June 14, 2019, by Luke

Unfortunately I didn't get to clipping these before the free weekend ended, but the OCR text should do for those wanting to read before Melissa inevitably clips and posts:

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/543528452/

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/544144333/

tl;dr: Bridge was too heavy for the Chinook; Floodwaters destroyed bridge before another attempt could've been made at relocation.