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Frederika Bridge (Older)


Photo uploaded by Art S


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BH Photo #351336


Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Wapsipinicon River on Road
Frederika, Bremer County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
- Ohio Bridge Co. of Cleveland (Possible Builder)
- William Rezner (Designer)
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio (Possible Builder)
Bowstring through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.88044, -92.31005   (decimal degrees)
42°52'50" N, 92°18'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/556345/4747769 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 58799 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 28, 2021: New photo from Luke
  • April 6, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • November 14, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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Frederika Bridge (Older)
Posted October 28, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


The bridge was almost certainly lead white (top coat). A common color that would highlight any issues or problems as well as being visible. The struts (across the top) are dark. While it could be black, red also shows up as black on black and white photos. I'm guessing red as the color difference seems intentional, probably to warn people coming across on top loaded hay wagons (e.g. 'watch your head).


Art S.

Frederika Bridge (Older)
Posted April 6, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks for clarifying, Luke. I'm not sure the WIBC listing is wrong as one of the Rezner bridges on this site is listed as Built by WIBC. This seems odd to me but as I don't yet know the history of the two companies, my opinion is not yet fully formed.


Art S.

Frederika Bridge (Older)
Posted April 6, 2016, by Luke

The location marked is the only crossing in Frederika shown on an 1875 Atlas.


Wrought Iron came as a guess from another user on here, so I'll go in and switch them..

Frederika Bridge (Older)
Posted April 6, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Luke, I found this picture. My first guess is that it was on C16/120 and it is almost certainly a Rezner:

Ohio Bridge Co. of Cleveland

William Rezner (Designer)

Were there two bowstrings in town? If not, are your location and builder correct?


Art S.