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Twin Bridges

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Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Road
Location
Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa
Status
Collapsed and replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1878; collapsed 1980
Builder
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.30883, -91.77543   (decimal degrees)
43°18'32" N, 91°46'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/599311/4795839 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Decorah
Inventory number
BH 55710 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 24, 2014: Updated by Luke: GPS Fix per info from Don
  • March 4, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke

Comments 

Twin Bridges
Posted August 24, 2014, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Re: Bridge plaque,

I hate to disappoint you but the plaque mentioned here did NOT belong to the Twin Bridges. In fact it is unlikely that Horton even did business with Winneshiek County at all. Wrought Iron Bridge Company built almost all of the county's bridges along the Upper Iowa and Turkey Rivers, including the Twin Bridges, which were erected in 1878. The county engineer has the plaque of that bridge and according to information, when the bridge collapsed in 1980, parts of the bridge were reused on the Upper Bluffton Bridge NW of Decorah (which is now gone). Horton however built numerous bridges in neighboring Fayette County, and that is where I believe that plaque came from.

JS

Twin Bridges
Posted August 24, 2014, by Don Morrison

The 5th street bridge area is apparently locally called Twin Bridges.

Twin Bridges
Posted August 23, 2014, by Anonymous