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Swensrud Refuge Bridge

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Photo taken by Jason Smith

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BH Photo #212317

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Description 

The Swensrud Bridge is one of the best findings for a bridgehunter. According to the Worth County Engineer's Office, this bridge once carried a road which ran parallel to the river enroute to the MN/IA border, where it joined a county road in Freeborn Co. The bridge was closed to traffic in the 1980s and was sold to a private farm, who in turn gave it and the entire property surrounding it to the IaDNR in 2000 to be converted into a wildlife refuge. The bridge has retained its structural integrity since its closing and can now be accessed by foot as the area is now owned by the DNR. The only caveat is the fact that the area is loaded with mosquitos and other fauna which one has to figure in when spending time there.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Shell Rock River on Abandoned road just off Mallard Avenue
Location
Gordonsville, Worth County, Iowa
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built ca. 1900
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.49668, -93.26390   (decimal degrees)
43°29'48" N, 93°15'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/478663/4816006 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fertile NE
Inventory number
BH 49510 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 20, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Relocated"
  • September 5, 2011: Added by Jason Smith

Sources 

  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Luke