6 votes

Eureka Avenue Bridge


Photo taken by Luke in April 2021


BH Photo #495673


Street View 


Visible from Interstate 80 during months when there is no foliage obscuring the view into the woods.

Owned by CRM Farm; ALWAYS ask landowner permission BEFORE going on private land.


Pratt pony truss bridge over Middle Branch Wapsinonoc Creek on Abanoned Road
Cedar County, Iowa
- Clinton Bridge & Iron Works of Clinton, Iowa (Likely builder based on plaque shape)
Pratt pony truss
Also called
Middle Branch Wapsinonoc Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.66488, -91.28836   (decimal degrees)
41°39'54" N, 91°17'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/642497/4613984 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 80661 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,834)
Built 1908 (775)
Built during 1900s (7,512)
Cedar County, Iowa (82)
Clinton Bridge & Iron Works (74)
Have street view (27,986)
Iowa (6,753)
One-lane traffic (7,698)
Owned privately (1,867)
Pin-connected (4,336)
Pony truss (16,789)
Pratt pony truss (3,863)
Pratt truss (9,998)
Truss (34,618)
Wapsinonoc Creek (29)
Wooden deck (6,117)

Update Log 

  • April 17, 2021: New photos from Luke
  • December 14, 2019: New photo from Luke
  • August 1, 2019: Updated by Luke: Refined GPS due to better imagery; Certainly looks like a bridge in the woods.
  • March 3, 2018: Added by Luke

Related Bridges 


  • Luke


Eureka Avenue Bridge
Posted April 19, 2021, by Luke

Another plausibility, tho, like King & Decatur plaques, the mounting holes don't match, is Clinton Bridge & Iron Works: https://bridgehunter.com/photos/33/93/339310-L.jpg

Eureka Avenue Bridge
Posted April 17, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Lassig, Shiffler, King and American Bridge Works all used plaques of this shape, at least on railroad bridges:




King was the only one that would’ve been around in 1908. Shiffler was taken over by Ambridge. McClintic-Marshall began shortly after with several members from Shiffler, but I’ve never seen their plaques in that shape. The Lassig name and shape died in 1901/early 1902, and I've never seen an American Bridge Works plaque past 1900. None of these plaques seem to have the same mounting holes.

Eureka Avenue Bridge
Posted April 17, 2021, by Luke

Lassig was primarily a railroad bridge builder, so I doubt it's them.

Tony fielded the suggestion of Decatur, but their plaques are narrower and the mounting bolts don't match.

Eureka Avenue Bridge
Posted April 17, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Abandoned Eureka Avenue Bridge
Posted December 14, 2019, by Luke

While traffic was too heavy for me to stop and snap a shot, enough foliage has died off in the past few years that you can clearly see the truss from I80.