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Ankeny Luten Arch


Photo provided by Hank Zaletel

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BH Photo #246213



Lost Luten arch bridge over Stream on Road
Ankeny, Polk County, Iowa
Destroyed by flooding
Built 1910; Damaged irreparably by flooding in 1917
Luten arch
Total length: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.73179, -93.60013   (decimal degrees)
41°43'54" N, 93°36'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/450090/4620171 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines NE
Inventory number
BH 55109 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Ankeny, Iowa (12)
Arch (11,352)
Built 1910 (1,057)
Built during 1910s (8,931)
Closed-spandrel arch (3,672)
Deck arch (10,577)
Destroyed by flood (351)
Iowa (5,915)
Lost (19,528)
Lost 1917 (34)
Lost during 1910s (350)
Luten arch (84)
Polk County, Iowa (245)
Total length 25-50 feet (10,113)

Update Log 

  • July 20, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added buil & loss dates + bridge length
  • January 3, 2013: Added by Luke Harden


  • Luke


Ankeny Luten Arch
Posted January 4, 2013, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

The source on Flickr is a former IDOT worker, so I'm assuming there was a notation on the back stating it's in Ankeny. I've asked if he knows exactly where in Ankeny it was.

Ankeny Luten Arch
Posted January 4, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It's like the trick pictures on ebay--look in the reflection on the water, you can see everything!

Inquiring minds want to know--where is the source for this bridge? I'd like to hope it's still around and just misplaced....

Ankeny Luten Arch
Posted January 4, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

When I clicked on the link to view in Flickr I got a message reading "This photo falls outside your current SafeSearch filter. You can click through to see it if you want." The photo is marked as "restricted." Its a false alarm apparently, since this bridge clearly has all its private parts covered in concrete. No naked bridges here.