This nationally significant historic bridge was considered the third longest bowstring truss span in the United States.
This is a surprising development. I knew the bridge had been replaced, but I was under the impression that the old bridge was in storage.
Sorry folks. You thought a nationally significant 1870s iron bowstring thru truss was going to be preserved? You thought wrong. This is America.
Next time, cover the bridge up with plywood and tell 'em its a covered bridge and watch the federal preservation funds pour in for the bridge.
Without a wooden covering, this nationally significant historic bridge only had access to the normal "more funding for expensive replacement bridges than inexpensive rehab projects" that our broken federal and state transportation funding aid system provides and perpetrates. With very little in-house funds, the county could not afford to preserve the bridge.
Glad to hear that there are plans to preserve this bridge albeit in a different location. I figured that this bridge could be used on one of the pedestrian and bike trails in Decorah.
Sorry, the pics did not upload in the format I wanted. I will try to post them as TIFFs or JPEGs from a different computer later. If you have Photoshop 7.0 you should be able to view the current pics.