Historic Bridge Weekend Coming to Iowa

Each year since 2009, the Historic Bridge Weekend has taken place in August or September, and each year, it has drawn in more people who are experts in historic bridges, preservation or history, as well as those who are either bridge enthusiasts or have a keen interest in how these vintage structures were built and how they played a role in American History.

This year's Historic Bridge Weekend will focus on Iowa, where various types of historic bridges dating as far back as the 1870s can still be seen today, each having its own history in terms of bridge builder and in terms of its association with the communities that cherish them.

The 5th annual event will take place August 9th through the 12th and will focus on eastern Iowa and the Des Moines area. A formal dedication dinner honoring James Hippen will take place August 9th at the Stone City General Store near Anamosa, with dinner and presentations taking place August 10th at Baxa's Restaurant and Tavern next to Sutliff Bridge and August 11th at Horn's Ferry Bridge at 2:30pm as well as at Bos Landen Golf Course near the Horn's Ferry Bridge in Pella at 5:30pm.

The trip to the Kate Shelley Viaduct on the morning of August 12 will round off the four-day event.

More information on the HB Weekend, as well as contact details can be found via link here:

Please RSPV Jason Smith before July 15th if you are interested in participating in the HB Weekend and attending the dinner and presentations, so that the venues know how many will attend and you can plan accordingly. Hope to see you at this year's HB Weekend in Iowa.

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Historic Bridge Weekend Coming to Iowa
Posted April 26, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Here's a slight update on the HB Weekend in Iowa:

The venues and speakers are set. Now to find out who will all be attending. Please let me know if you are interested in coming to the four-day event so that I can provide you with some information on the bridges to visit and the people who will be speaking at the event. Thanks and looking forward to seeing you there! :-D