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Commerce Bridge

Photos 

Photo provided by Hank Zaletel

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

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Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raccoon River on Commerce Drive
Location
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Status
Destroyed by flooding
History
Built 1889; Destroyed 1965
Builder
- King Iron Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.53631, -93.75942   (decimal degrees)
41°32'11" N, 93°45'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/436651/4598574 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Commerce
Inventory number
BH 56101 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 14, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added build date + image
  • June 21, 2013: New photos from Michael O'Brien
  • June 13, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added one of the builders based on plaque shape
  • June 13, 2013: New photo from Michael O'Brien
  • June 12, 2013: New photos from Michael O'Brien
  • June 9, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • April 25, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Comments 

Commerce Bridge
Posted August 10, 2018, by Luke

Based on this aerial image from 1963, it was usable up until 1965.

Commerce Bridge
Posted August 10, 2018, by Nancy R Andresen (NRANDRESEN [at] msn [dot] com)

Was the bridge usabable until 1965 or was part of it washed out about 1947 and the remains destroyed in 1965?

Is it possible to find the location now?