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SE 9th Street Bridge


SE Ninth Street Bridge

The old, arched Walnut street bridge was later moved to SE Ninth street and used until about 1934. This photo shows the bridge at SE Ninth in 1941 and had been declared unsafe and abandoned for several years. It was scrapped shortly after this photo was taken. (there's no longer a bridge at that location although you can sort of see where the river bank supports were located). Surprisingly, truck loads of livestock were being hauled over this bridge to the packing plants on Maury Street. There was fear the bridge would collapse. In 1937 the SE 14th Street bridge opened over the DM river and replaced this old rickety bridge.

Photo from Arnold D Brown Jr


BH Photo #308223



Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Des Moines River on SE 9th Street
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Built 1871 at Walnut Street, Relocated here 1891; Abandoned 1934; Removed 1941
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio (also known as)
- D.H. & C.C. Morrison of Dayton, Ohio [also known as Columbia Bridge Works]
Bowstring through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.57617, -93.60085   (decimal degrees)
41°34'34" N, 93°36'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/449910/4602894 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines SE
Inventory number
BH 61085 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 27, 2021: New photo from Luke
  • September 15, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • August 25, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added info
  • November 13, 2014: New photo from Michael O'Brien
  • May 27, 2014: New photo from Michael O'Brien
  • May 27, 2014: Added by Luke Harden

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SE 9th Street Bridge
Posted December 18, 2019, by Luke


SE 9th Street Bridge
Posted September 16, 2019, by Luke

Nice find on the second relocation to become hangar roof trusses.

Unfortunately, Des Moines Municipal Airport is now Des Moines International Airport, so I doubt they're still there.