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New Sharon Bowstring


1917 Postmark (digitally altered)

Guessing image was taken from an adjacent railroad bridge. The height above the water and the New Sharon label seems to fit here. Can anyone confirm?

Source image in link.

Photo digitally altered by Art S. in September 2021


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BH Photo #507003


Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over North Skunk River on road.
New Sharon, Poweshiek County, Iowa
No longer exists
- King Iron Bridge & Manufacturing Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Bowstring pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.50926, -92.65167   (decimal degrees)
41°30'33" N, 92°39'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/529068/4595350 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 94315 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 26, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • September 22, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added builder per design cues
  • September 11, 2021: New photos from Art Suckewer


  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Luke


New Sharon Bowstring
Posted September 22, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


The coolest thing about that shot is that its the same car as in the other image and in the same position. Both shots were taken on the same day.

If we found a higher res pic, we could figure out the type of car :^)


Art S.

New Sharon Bowstring
Posted September 22, 2021, by Luke

Confirmed it's a pony truss and it looks a lot like other King bowstrings in the region, like Soper's Mill and McDowell

New Sharon Bowstring
Posted September 13, 2021, by Anonymous

Looks like a King to me. I counted nine.. much like Mcbridge. I found an 1875 map showing crossings...wood bridges? and then these bowstrings. The Skunk River can be narrow but had those big banks for floods that really push it out...the big RR bridge is up much higher than the McIntyre or this one.... Robertson owned the land back then....name it that? just like the access now named that way.

New Sharon Bowstring
Posted September 13, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


If you zoom in, there may be one or three cross braces, I'm not certain. As the river channel has steeper sides, the span is likely a little bit shorter than McIntyre but not much.

The reason I defaulted to pony rather than through is the height of the top the arch relative to the height of the car. However, the car isn't small; its an Edwardian touring car (brass era - note the non-electric headlights) from 1905-1913. These aren't small.

Here are some samples:



I'm fine listing it either way until we get more pics/info to confirm.

I also suspect that its a King.

Art S.

New Sharon Bowstring
Posted September 13, 2021, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was told by an old roads guy years ago that there were three bowstrings along that stretch of the N. Skunk River. I doubt this is a pony truss though as where it crosses would be similar to the McIntyre at 120' and the McDowell upstream just 3 to 5 miles. It was probably named for the landowner of the time. New Sharon would still be another three miles from this location.

New Sharon Bowstring
Posted September 12, 2021, by Art S, (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks Luke, that was my logic as well.

Possible location for this image
Posted September 12, 2021, by Luke

Likely the right spot, as they're probably standing on the railroad bridge to photograph the bridge.

Possible location for this image
Posted September 11, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Found a great image labeled New Sharon, IA. I didn't find any entries that matched. This site seems likely (in 1871 there was a crossing here running SW - NE). Any input, thoughts or history?


Art S.