Oblique View (Looking Southwest)
Photo taken by James McCray
BH Photo #237021
I looked it over a bit too, and found the one lost pony, but it looks more likely for a through truss to have come from Madison county, where the larger river flows. It looks like several possibilities for removed bridges around Norfolk.
From the Archway:
"The information that I have indicates that the bridge came from Pierce County, Nebraska, where it spanned the Elkhorn River."
I didn't find any possible locations that matched but I didn't do an exhaustive search.
I asked a docent at the Archway Monument about the history of the bridge, like perhaps where it was originally. The answer was surprisingly vague. "It was found in a scrap yard in one of those 'I' states back east, I don't know if it was Indiana or Iowa. [Could also be Illinois or Idaho...] Perhaps Iowa - don't they have a lot of bridges in Madison County? It was brought here in 2005."
I'm glad they saved it from scrapping, but this is unsatisfying. We know this nice old bridge was built somewhere by Canton Bridge Company in 1914, but we don't know where. Considering it was found in a scrap yard in some 'I' state, we may never know where. At least it is now preserved. I really wish they'd stop incorrectly calling it a suspension bridge.