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Eisenhower Bridge


Eisenhower Bridge

Photo taken by Chris Gonnerman in March 2013

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #251757



Pratt through truss bridge over Fox River on 252nd Street
Van Buren County, Iowa
Closed to all traffic
Built 1888 as a 2-span bridge between Des Moines and Lee Counties; relocated here in 1930
- Horace E. Horton of Rochester, Minnesota (Designer)
- James B. Diver Bridge Co. of Keokuk, Iowa (Contractor)
- Penn Bridge Co. of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (Manufacturer)
Pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 178.2 ft.
Total length: 197.2 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 15, 1998
Also called
Fox River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.67839, -92.11746   (decimal degrees)
40°40'42" N, 92°07'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/574583/4503430 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 68 N., R. 11 W., Sec. 22
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
IA 328160 (Iowa bridge number)
NRHP 427544 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 14569 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 13.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 15, 2015: New photos from Jason Smith
  • January 9, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added bridge manufacturer.
  • March 29, 2013: New photos from Chris Gonnerman
  • July 29, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: added NHRP info
  • May 27, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added name and other information



Eisenhower Bridge
Posted August 31, 2020, by K. Allen Ballard (speedeeprint [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited here, Aug 31, 2020. Pretty overgrown and forlorn. However, bridge is easy to access, very good road, bridge is still pretty solid.

Eisenhower Bridge
Posted January 9, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I was reviewing my detail photos for this bridge and found distinctive details of the Penn Bridge Company on this bridge. Such as little medallions on the portal bracing that read "PENN." It is documented by the Historic Bridge Inventory that James B. Diver built this bridge... but he must have just done the erection, and actually purchased the bridge from Penn Bridge Company. See details and discussion on my page at http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...