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Mystery Bridge

Photo 

Photo taken by Oscar Grossheim. Image provided by Musser Public Library

View this photo at umvphotoarchive.org

BH Photo #239202

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge
Location
Muscatine County, Iowa
Status
No longer exists
Builder
- Groton Bridge Co. of Groton, New York
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.42316, -91.05400   (decimal degrees)
41°25'23" N, 91°03'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/662614/4587561 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 52420 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Groton Bridge Co. (72)
Iowa (5,790)
Lost (18,691)
Muscatine County, Iowa (128)
Mystery (84)
Pratt through truss (4,595)
Pratt truss (8,008)
Through truss (12,893)
Truss (29,444)

Update Log 

  • September 12, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • May 10, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Mystery"
  • May 9, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke

Comments 

Mystery Bridge
Posted June 12, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Indeed Luke...It appears likely that this is a long lost piece of history.

Mystery Bridge
Posted June 12, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Thanks guys. Too bad the prospects of this bridge still existing, much less identifying its exact location, are rather slim.

Mystery Bridge
Posted June 12, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like a slam dunk on identifying the builder here.

Mystery Bridge
Posted June 12, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The plaque shape, combined with the pedimented struts suggest the bridge is a Groton Bridge Company of Groton, New York bridge. This is interesting because I am not aware that they built many bridges this far away from their home town. Bridge with similar details: http://www.historicbridges.org/newyork/centervillage/

Mystery Bridge
Posted June 11, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Anyone have any idea on what bridge building company had plaques like the ones on this bridge??