Kevin Skow

About Me 

Email: weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com
Website: http://www.weatherbum.com

Favorite Photos 

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Gilliece Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)

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South Skunk River Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Truss at sunset

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Tunnel Mill Bridge (Hamilton County, Iowa)
Piers on the northern bank

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Clanton Creek Bridge (Madison County, Iowa)

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Brushy Creek Bridge (Guthrie County, Iowa)
Showing the newer deck.

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Brushy Creek Bridge (Guthrie County, Iowa)
Photos taken in August 2014

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Beaver Creek Bridge (Boone County, Iowa)

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Beaver Creek Bridge (Boone County, Iowa)

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Recent Updates 

James Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over James Creek on a local road, 5.0 mi. west and 2.3 mi. north of Delia
July 30, 2017: New photos
Cross Creek Bridge (Jackson County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Cross Creek on a local road, 4.0 mi. south and 3.3 mi. west of Soldier
July 30, 2017: New photo
Big Soldier Creek Bridge (Shawnee County, Kansas)
Rainbow arch bridge over Big Soldier Creek on 70th Street near Grove
July 30, 2017: New photos
Cross Creek 46th Street Bridge (Shawnee County, Kansas)
Derelict through truss bridge over Cross Creek on 46th Street, just off Carlson Road south of Rossville
July 30, 2017: New photo
Hendricks Creek Bridge (Wabaunsee County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Hendricks Creek on Fairfield Road, 0.7 mi. north and 0.2 mi. east of Alma
July 30, 2017: New photos
Branch West Branch Mill Creek Bridge (Wabaunsee County, Kansas)
Queenpost pony truss bridge over Trib West Branch Mill Creek, 2.7 mi. west of Volland
July 30, 2017: New photos
305th Street Lime Creek Bridge (Buchanan County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Lime Creek on 305th Street
April 26, 2017: Updated by Kevin Skow: Update based on Aerial Imagery: Bridge is closed.
Quinn Creek Bridge (Fayette County, Iowa)
Kingpost through truss bridge over Quinn Creek off 300th St
April 26, 2017: New photos
Nutting Creek Bridge (Fayette County, Iowa)
Concrete arch bridge over Nutting Creek on Granite Road (Granite Rd)
April 26, 2017: New photos
Eldorado Bridge (Fayette County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Turkey River on State Street
April 26, 2017: New photos
Clark's Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on 360th Street north of Kendallville
April 26, 2017: New photos
Chimney Rock Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Chimney Rock Road
April 26, 2017: New photos
Moneek Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Bowstring pony truss bridge
April 26, 2017: New photos
Henry Bridge (Winneshiek County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Upper Iowa River on Scenic River Road
April 26, 2017: New photos
Old Jefferson Town Bowstring Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over unnamed creek
April 26, 2017: New photos
Big Slough Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Big Slough Creek on CR 90, 0.3 mi. south and 2.2 mi. west of Oskaloosa
April 26, 2017: New photo
Branch Delaware River Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Kingpost pony truss bridge over a branch of Delaware River on CR 206 OS 1, 6.0 mi. north and 6.9 mi. west of Valley Falls
April 26, 2017: New photos
Cedar Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Rainbow arch bridge over Cedar Creek on K-900 Parks Route at Perry Wildlife Area
April 26, 2017: New photos
Baker Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Delaware River on abandoned alignment of Kansas State Highway 4 and 16
April 26, 2017: New photo
Rock Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Rainbow arch bridge over Rock Creek
April 26, 2017: New photo
Muddy Creek Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Muddy Creek, 6.4 mi. south and 0.6 mi. east of Meriden
April 26, 2017: New photo
Perry Bridge (Jefferson County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Delaware River on Bridge Street (Old US 24) just west of Perry
April 26, 2017: New photos
Walnut Creek Bridge (Shawnee County, Kansas)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Walnut Creek on NW 70th Street, 5.0 mi. north of Silver Lake
April 24, 2017: Updated by Kevin Skow: Updated status based on satellite imagery. Bridge has been replaced.
Rock Creek Bridge (Pottawatomie County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Rock Creek on Dutch Hollow Road, 0.5 mi. east of Westmoreland
April 24, 2017: Updated by Kevin Skow: Fine tuned location based on satellite data.
Vermillion Creek Bridge (Pottawatomie County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Vermillion Creek on a local road, 2.0 mi. north and 1.0 mi. east of Havensville
April 24, 2017: Updated by Kevin Skow: Fixed location. Based on satellite imagery, it appears to still exist and it open
Vermillion River Bridge (Pottawatomie County, Kansas)
Lost Through truss bridge over Vermillion River on a local road
April 24, 2017: Updated by Kevin Skow: Updated status based on aerial imagery archive. Bridge has been gone for a long time.
Salt Creek Bowstring Bridge (Cloud County, Kansas)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Salt Creek on 212th Street, southeast of Hollis
April 24, 2017: Updated by Kevin Skow: Updated status based on fourm and satellite imagery. Bridge no longer exists at this location, likely was scrapped.
Valleyview Trail Bridge (Madison County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Middle River on Valleyview Trail
November 27, 2016: New photos
Farm Field Bridge (Story County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge
September 22, 2016: Added
Montgomery Creek Bridge (Boone County, Iowa)
Lost pony truss bridge over Montgomery Creek on W Avenue
August 9, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Update based on satellite imagery: Bridge has been replaced
16th Street Bridge (Story County, Iowa)
Lost pony truss bridge over South Skunk River on 16th Street in Ames
August 9, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Update based on satellite imagery: The span in the field has been removed
Wagon Wheel Bridge (Boone County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on 200th Street west of Boone
August 8, 2016: New photo
Little Sioux River Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Little Sioux River on 120th Street
August 8, 2016: New photos
West Fork West Nishnabotna River Bridge (Crawford County, Iowa)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over West Fork West Nishnabotna River on T Avenue
August 8, 2016: New photos
Nishnabotna River Bridge (Crawford County, Iowa)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Nishnabotna Creek on 300th Street near Manilla
August 8, 2016: New photos
Phoenix Avenue Bridge (Carroll County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Storm Creek on Phoenix Avenue
August 8, 2016: New photos
Orange Avenue Bridge (Carroll County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over a tributary of Storm Creek on Olympic Avenue
August 8, 2016: New photos
Branch Whitebreast Creek Bridge (Lucas County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Branch Whitebreast Creek on a local road
August 3, 2016: New photo
Wheeler Bridge (Lucas County, Iowa)
Lost pratt pony truss bridge over Whitebreast Creek on Swede Hollow Road
August 3, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Visited site. Bridge has been replaced with a steel stringer design.
North Wolf Creek Bridge (Warren County, Iowa)
Lost pony truss bridge over North Wolf Creek on a local road
August 3, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Visited site. Bridge has been gone for a very long time. A timber stringer bridge exists in its stead.
Beaver Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Iowa)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Beaver Creek on 180th Street
August 3, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Update based on satellite imagery. Bridge is closed.
Flemming Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Iowa)
Lost pony truss bridge over Flemming Creek on 390th Street
August 2, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Update based on satellite imagery. Bridge has been replaced.
Birch Avenue Bridge (Carroll County, Iowa)
Lost pony truss bridge over a field stream on Birch Avenue
August 2, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Update based on satellite imagery. Bridge has been replaced.
Jordan Creek Bridge (Monona County, Iowa)
Lost pony truss bridge over Jordan Creek on 245th Street
August 2, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Update based on satellite imagery. Bridge has been replaced.
Little Sioux River Bridge (Monona County, Iowa)
Lost through truss bridge over Little Sioux River on CR E54 (270th Street)
August 2, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Update based on satellite imagery. Bridge has been replaced.
Tom Creek Bridge (Madison County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Tom Creek on Fawn Avenue
August 1, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Updated based on satellite imagery. Bridge might have been replaced, but unknown for sure.
Walnut Creek Bridge (Marion County, Iowa)
Lost pony truss bridge over walnut creek on 50th Avenue
August 1, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Updated based on satellite imagery. Bridge has been replaced.
Unnamed Creek Bridge (Monroe County, Iowa)
Lost pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek on CR H49 (235 Street)
August 1, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Updated based on satellite imagery. Bridge has been replaced.
Rock Creek Bridge (Wapello County, Iowa)
Lost pony truss bridge over Rock Creek on 155th Avenue in Ottumwa
August 1, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Updated based on satellite imagery. Bridge has been replaced.
Local Road Bridge (Wapello County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek on a local road
August 1, 2016: Updated by Kevin Skow: Updated based on satellite imagery. Bridge may not exist anymore.

Recent Comments 

Posted August 1, 2017

Thanks for the kind words! I actually managed to stay dry for this shot since there is a small outcrop of rocks there that I could balance on. It was almost like a storybook setting with the pool of water under the bridge with no ripples at all in it with a waterfall nearby. Definitely a diamond in the rough!

Posted July 30, 2017

Got here just as the sunlight was starting to fade, but it made for a great shot. Another fun one to explore when the fall colors are out!

Posted July 30, 2017

Still a beauty in the trees. Will be fun to get some shots in the fall or winter with this one!

Posted July 30, 2017

Beautiful day to look at this bridge. The stone piers look to be original, and combined with the beautiful, placid pools of the stream below the bridge, made this a great one to photograph.

Posted December 1, 2016

The end of the Wagon Wheel Bridge came today. https://www.facebook.com/139120672925720/videos/654240111413...

Posted August 22, 2016

Little keepsake piece from the bridge is almost done. The base is from the bridge decking.

Posted August 8, 2016

A memorable night watching fireflies dance around the remaining east spans of the Wagon Wheel Bridge last month.

Posted August 2, 2016

Any confirmation that this bridge was saved? Only item I could find in an Internet search was "A June 4 open house at Nelson Park will celebrate two new cabins and the installation of a new walking bridge." (http://www.dbrnews.com/rothe-new-nelson-park-ranger/article_...) This jives with the time frame this bridge was taken down based on satellite imagery of the site from May 2016. The new 2016 satellite data does not cover the campgrounds west of Dow City.

Posted July 6, 2016

Jason - Sent you an email a few days ago about your request.

Posted July 1, 2016

The western two spans have been completely removed and the area cleaned of all debris. A 4-5 foot dirt berm has been placed between the road and where the bridge used to stand. The concrete base of the western approach is the only portion of the bridge that was left. While the area under the bridge has been filled and cleaned-up, I traced the path that the dismantled bridge was hauled up the embankment to the road and found a few token fragments of the truss. This riveted piece from one of the verticals (I think from the section that collapsed judging by the water damage to the metal) was the best that I could find.

Posted June 27, 2016

Reviewing before and after imagery in Google Earth, it appears like the southern river bank at and immediately to the west of the bridge gave out, with the falling trees pushing the bridge into the river. I can only make out the northern 1/3 to 1/2 of the span sitting above the water. The rest appears to have been destroyed.

Posted June 8, 2016

A little more graffiti than I had hoped to see last night.

Posted May 13, 2016

Anyone know the future plans for this bridge? It was supposed to be replaced four years ago, but remains intact and still in use. Visited the old gal earlier in the week and she's still looking good.

Posted March 10, 2016

Sad is truly an understatement. I'll miss this bridge. Aerial photos are posted at: https://www.facebook.com/WagonWheelBridge/

Posted February 28, 2016

A comparison of 1930s aerial imagery and 2015 satellite imagery from the ISU GIS page shows just how much the river has shifted over the course of the bridge's life. When first constructed, the main channel was under the east Pennsylvania truss and the west river bank was located at the center of the bridge, with two trusses over dry land on the west side of the river. Now, the main channel is near the center pier that shifted recently. The west bank of the river was rocked some time ago, so the channel hasn't changed much since the 70s or 80s. Given the amount of scouring that has taken place around that pier and how it was not intended to be in the middle of the river, it is probably a miracle that the bridge has lasted so long.