6 votes

2nd Street Bridge


Photo provided by Hank Zaletel

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)


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BH Photo #270275


Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Wapsipinicon River on 2nd Street
Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1894; Replaced 1968
- D.H. Young of Manchester, Iowa
Pennsylvania through truss bracketed with Pratt pony approach spans.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.46757, -91.89381   (decimal degrees)
42°28'03" N, 91°53'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/590938/4702284 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 55669 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 11, 2022: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • September 11, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 10, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • December 10, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added placeholder build date from Newspapers.com
  • July 16, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added category "Lally columns"
  • February 28, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed type


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2nd Street Brige
Posted February 28, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I actually just started the award :) As I am sure many historians do, I have often wished to be able to travel back in time. Imagine the stir it would create if I suddenly started posting color digital camera photos for bridges demolished 80 years ago!

2nd Street Bridge
Posted February 28, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Jeez Nathan,

I didn't know you had another award for a HB. But it definitely makes sense. I'm actually going to add this to my Mystery Bridge category for the Chronicles, together with another pair of Pennsylvania through truss bridges located in Clinton and Lyon Counties. I'm really curious to see how many Pennsylvania trusses were actually constructed in Iowa, for according to HABS/HAER records, they were rarely used, but from my point of view, I really disagree- they were used just as much as the Parker and Pratt through trusses.....

2nd Street Brige
Posted February 28, 2013, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I'd give this bridge the TARDIS Award (A bridge that would be high on my list to visit if I had a time machine). Very sad to see the awesome bridges that once existed but are gone now.

By the way, its hard to tell, but it looks like this bridge's main span had intermediate connections and was actually a Pennsylvania truss not a Parker truss.