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Lincoln Highway Mississippi River Bridge


Vintage Photograph

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BH Photo #133746



Motor convoy on a bridge cross Mississippi River and stuck trucks are pulled out ...HD Stock Footage


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Lost through truss bridge over Mississippi River on Lincoln Highway/US 30 in Clinton
Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa, and Whiteside County, Illinois
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1891, lost in 1975
- Chicago Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Main spans: Four pin-connected Pennsylvania through trusses
Pin-connected Baltimore deck truss and girder approaches on West end.
Originally 3-inch wooden deck, replaced by double-layer 2-inch wooden deck 1910, replaced by steel girders and grates 1930.
Length of largest span: 362.0 ft.
Total length: 2,617.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Also called
Lyons-Fulton Bridge
Lyons-Fulton High Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.86968, -90.17138   (decimal degrees)
41°52'11" N, 90°10'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/734747/4639175 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 39934 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 7, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 7, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 27, 2015: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • March 26, 2015: New video from Luke
  • July 15, 2013: Updated by Ian Bowen: Updated name, alternate names, various other info
  • June 7, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • August 11, 2012: New photo from Steve Conro
  • May 27, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited name
  • December 3, 2011: New photos from Steve Conro
  • July 18, 2011: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • April 19, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning
  • February 19, 2009: Updated by Wes Worsham: Added additional location - Whiteside County, IL
  • February 18, 2009: Added by Wes Worsham
  • August 24, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey

Related Bridges 



Lincoln Highway Mississippi River Bridge
Posted June 11, 2021, by Miles Warren Rich (mileswrich [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was also known as the Fulton-Lyons Bridge. The bridge further to the south which was replaced by the Gateway Suspension Bridge was called the Clinton High Bridge..

Mississippi River Lincoln Highway Bridge
Posted December 19, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

The vintage photograph (#1) with the bridge title across the top right comes from a postcard that was given out at Conoco stations, possibly nearby.

The back reads on the bottom:

P.S. We are seeing all the sights traveling with a Conoco TOURAIDE. It's wonderful! Your Mileage Merchant at his Conoco Station will tell you how to get one.

I know this to be true as I have in my possession now said postcard.

Mississippi River Lincoln Highway Bridge
Posted May 2, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The K-truss deck truss approach spans on this bridge seen in the photo on this page are not original. This link has a photo showing original Baltimore deck truss spans. http://iagenweb.org/clinton/history/1bridge.htm

The K-Truss truss configuration was invented by Phelps Johnson, president of the Dominion Bridge Company of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, as part of the design effort for the second (existing) Quebec Bridge. Phelps was born in 1849 in the United States and worked for the Wrought Iron Bridge Company for a time.

For this reason, one would not expect to find a pre-1914 K-truss.

Mississippi River Lincoln Highway Bridge
Posted June 30, 2010, by Lyon_Wonder (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Fulton Historical Society has a nicely written article on the original Fulton-Lyons/Clinton crossing that once carried the Lincoln highway across the Mississippi River.