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Lake City Bridge


Elevation From East

Photo taken Summer 1995 by Joe Elliott for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #122204

Street View 


Marsh arch bridge over Raccoon River on Pedestrian Walkway in Lake City
Calhoun County, Iowa
Open to pedestrians
Built 1914 to carry M37 Iberia Avenue; Retired from vehicular use 1985
- Iowa Bridge Co. (1902-193X) of Des Moines, Iowa
- James Barney Marsh of North Lake, Wisconsin (Designer)
The Lake City Bridge is an early and outstanding example of James B. Marsh's Rainbow Arch design. Unlike most reinforced-concrete arch spans in which the roadway rested on top of the arches in standard configuration, the Marsh design suspended the deck from the arch that sprang from piers and extended above the roadway. Its distinctive "rainbow" profile popularized this type of bridge, and hundreds were constructed in the 1910s, 20s, and 30s, primarily in the Midwest. The Lake City Rainbow Arch, constructed in 1914, was his first experiment in applying this patented design to a multiple span.

Historic American Engineering Record, 1995

Total length: 271.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 30, 1989
Also called
Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge
Raccoon River Bridge
Rainbow Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.22948, -94.75452   (decimal degrees)
42°13'46" N, 94°45'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/355215/4676745 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Carroll NE
Inventory numbers
NRHP 88002529 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 37264 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 30, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 30, 2018: New photo from Kevin Skow
  • January 23, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • July 1, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated GPS.
  • August 22, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning
  • August 21, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

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Lake City Bridge
Posted June 8, 2016, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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