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Spruce Street Bridge


1908 view

Photo uploaded by Art S


BH Photo #348681



"Cherokee County was faced with the daunting task of rebuilding virtually every major bridge in the county. On July 6th the Board of Supervisors convened a special session to receive competitive proposals for 11 new iron spans over the Little Sioux River and Mill Creek. The supervisors that day awarded a contract for all of the bridges to the George E. King Bridge Company of Des Moines for $17,650. Using trusses fabricated by the King Iron Bridge and Manufacturing Company, parent to the Des Moines King firm, a King Bridge crew completed this 128-foot span, pinned Pratt through truss along with the other bridges later that year. This bridge and a truss over Mill Creek northwest of Larrabee are the only two spans left from the extensive 1891 bridge construction. With both superstructures and substructures intact, the Mill Creek Bridge has retained an exceptional degree of physical integrity. "


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Little Sioux River on East Main Street/Hawkeye Highway
Cherokee, Cherokee County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1891; Removed sometime in the 1970s
- George E. King Bridge Co. of Des Moines, Iowa (Erector)
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (Fabricator)
Pratt through truss
Also called
Orange Bridge
Hawkeye Highway Little Sioux River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.75657, -95.53136   (decimal degrees)
42°45'24" N, 95°31'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/292855/4736889 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cherokee South
Inventory number
BH 67926 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 14, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 15, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added builders & dates; Lasted until 1966
  • June 3, 2019: New photo from Luke
  • October 17, 2018: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • February 7, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer


  • Luke
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs