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Greene Bridge


Side view

These black-and-white photos from the Historic American Engineering Record show the bridge before it was demolished [HAER photos taken 1980 by Robert Ryan and Martha Bowers]

BH Photo #101700



Lost through truss bridge over Shell Rock River on Traer Street in downtown Greene
Greene, Butler County, Iowa
Replaced by modern bridge
Built 1902-03 by the Clinton Bridge & Iron Works; demolished April 1981
- Clinton Bridge & Iron Works of Clinton, Iowa
Pin-connected, 14-panel Pennsylvania through truss
Total length: 249.8 ft.
Deck width: 21.0 ft.
Also called
Traer Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.89541, -92.80275   (decimal degrees)
42°53'43" N, 92°48'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/516104/4749219 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 12979 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 8, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 28, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added city
  • March 2, 2013: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • October 11, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Shell Rock River"
  • April 16, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
  • January 9, 2006: Posted photos from Jason Smith and HAER


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • HAER IA-9 - Traer Street Bridge
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Luke
  • Dana and Kay Klein


Greene Bridge
Posted February 27, 2019, by Barbara Wilson Hennessey (daveandbarb [at] iowatelecom [dot] net )

My father grew up in Greene where his father was the local dentist in the early 1900's through the 1930's. His office was on that corner above the bridge. He could look out his office window and see his sons diving off the old bridge into the Shell Rock River. As a young girl visiting my grandmother, I would stand on that bridge with my little windmill spinning. It held alot of good memories.