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Tice Bridge

Photos 

Photo provided by Scott Peters & Dave Darby

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BH Photo #331405

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Cedar River on Iowa City Road
Location
Muscatine County, Iowa
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1897; Two spans destroyed when flooding undermined the center pier in 1972; Converted to a fishing pier for a short time and later removed.
Builder
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 560.0 ft.
Also called
Iowa City Road Bridge
Tice's Ferry Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.53574, -91.14201   (decimal degrees)
41°32'09" N, 91°08'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/654991/4599898 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Atalissa
Inventory number
BH 55880 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 10, 2015: New photos from Scott A Peters
  • September 12, 2015: Updated by Luke: Dimensions & builder via The Engineering Record, Building Record and Sanitary Engineer, Volume 35
  • July 7, 2015: Updated by Luke: Addedimagery posted to the forum by Dave Darby
  • March 23, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Comments 

Tice Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Luke

Dave Darby, thank you so much for these images!

Tice Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

I take that back. Having just looked at Google maps satellite view, there is at least one pier remaining, surrounded by trees. It is probably this one.

Tice Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

Photo by Scott Peters

Tice Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

Photo by Scott Peters

Tice Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

Photo provided to me by Scott Peters

Tice Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

When Muscatine County built a new bridge in the late 1960's, they sold the Tice bridge to farmer Glen Phelps for one dollar, so he could get across the river to his cows. They put up a gate, so only authorized people could use it. (You can see it in the 1970's view on the Iowa Geographic Map Server.) We had a camp on a patch we leased from Mr. Phelps, so I was across that bridge pretty often. Unfortunately, when they built the new bridge, the channel of the river started changing, and one night in the mid 70's, the Cedar river took out the center span, and the bridge went down in the center, almost into the water. We actually crossed the bridge a couple times like that, but eventually they removed all but one span (for fishing), then finally all of it. Because the channel of the river has changed so much, there is now nothing left of the bridge.