5 votes

Henry Bridge



Photo taken Oct. 2005 by Jason Smith

BH Photo #101931



Through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Scenic River Road
Winneshiek County, Iowa
Demolished. Replacement bridge being built
Future prospects
Built 1911
- Clinton Bridge & Iron Works of Clinton, Iowa
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 121.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Also called
Hutchinson Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.36366, -91.85081   (decimal degrees)
43°21'49" N, 91°51'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/593114/4801840 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 99 N., R. 9 W., Sec. 25 (Bluffton Township)
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
IA 348910 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14735 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 10, 2021: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is being replaced.
  • June 30, 2021: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Lattice Railing"
  • April 13, 2018: Updated by Don Morrison: noted closed
  • April 26, 2017: New photos from Kevin Skow
  • October 11, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Added categories "A-frame portal", "Clinton Bridge & Iron Works"
  • August 7, 2011: New photos from Quinn Phelan
  • August 4, 2011: New photos from Quinn Phelan
  • February 7, 2011: New photos from Benjamin Cole
  • January 30, 2011: New photos from Benjamin Cole
  • October 9, 2009: New photos from Jason Smith
  • January 12, 2006: Posted photos from Jason Smith


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Benjamin Cole - mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Quinn Phelan - qphelan [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Kevin Skow - weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Don Morrison


Henry Bridge
Posted August 23, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Nice to see evidence of Iowa's Historic Bridge "Management" plan in progress. Hard to believe this used to be one of the most truss-rich counties in Iowa.

Henry Bridge
Posted August 23, 2021, by Troy Knox (troyjknox [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sadly this bridge has been removed to make way for another ugly concrete bridge in it's place. The new bridge will be opened yet this year.

Henry Bridge
Posted July 7, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I would propose that the county change the name of this road from Scenic River Road to Boring River Road thanks to the needless demolition of this bridge. Bach Steel could have restored this bridge to provide another century of use. The issues noted were minor and are routinely repaired as part of normal historic bridge restoration procedures.


Between the continued lack of preservation in this county combined with the planned destruction of the Black Hawk Bridge in nearby Lansing, Iowa northeast Iowa is rapidly losing its distinction as the most beautiful and history-rich part of Iowa.

Henry Bridge
Posted June 30, 2021, by Don Morrison
Henry Bridge
Posted April 29, 2021, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

I just talked to Lee Bjerke the county engineer. Unfortunately the bridge will be replaced at its current location and the structure will be removed, owned by the contractor. If there is a chance to save it from becoming scrap, then it's through them and not the county. A sad loss for a county that had once prided over its large selection of HBs but they are disappearing by the year. :-(

Henry Bridge
Posted April 23, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Winneshiek County strikes again! 60 ADT count (Likely overstated) means tax payers are going to foot most of the bill for an unnecessary slab.

Henry Bridge
Posted April 23, 2021, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Is it being disassembled or scrapped?

Henry Bridge
Posted April 23, 2021, by Troy Knox (troyjknox [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sadly the demise of this bridge is imminent. The project to remove and replace it began a few weeks ago. So far only tree clearing has happened but it will be removed in the coming weeks.


Henry Bridge
Posted April 13, 2018, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Henry Bridge
Posted April 13, 2018, by Don Morrison

Bridge #354 made the news. It is not good news. Again.

Closed due to advanced deterioration.


Henry Bridge
Posted February 16, 2015, by Don Morrison

Bridge #354 made the news. Not the positive kind of news.


Henry Bridge
Posted June 12, 2008, by Robert Elder (bass-tbn [at] ku [dot] edu)

The website http://theinspiredmedia.wordpress.com/ has a photo of a bridge surrounded by floodwaters, but not washed out. The bridge in the photo appears to possibly be the Henry Bridge.

Henry Bridge
Posted June 11, 2008, by Andrew Olson (Ole of the Rakeops) (olsonandrew1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Word is this bridge has been lost in the current flood...any confirmation of this? I alos have many, many good memories of this bridge and site.

Henry Bridge
Posted January 2, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am uploading some detail pics of this bridge. Note the use of cables, possibly instead of eyebars, on certain locations on the bridge. In one instance, holes for the cables appear to have been drilled through a vertical member (see photo). The plaque is located at the southwest corner of the bridge.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Henry Bridge
Posted April 19, 2007, by Otis (robbotis [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Lots of fond memories of Bridge #9.

Thanks for the great photos.

Otis of the Rakeops