4 votes

Lima Bridge


Photo taken by Jason Smith


BH Photo #211962


Pratt through truss bridge over Volga River on Heron Road
Lima, Fayette County, Iowa
Bypassed 1979
Pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge with M-frame portal bracing
Also called
Volga River Bridge
Heron Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.86422, -91.74234   (decimal degrees)
42°51'51" N, 91°44'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/602736/4746504 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49481 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built during 1870s (1,404)
Built during 1910s (10,080)
Closed (2,768)
Fayette County, Iowa (107)
Historic Bridge Weekend 2013 (145)
Iowa (6,819)
Lima, Iowa (1)
Owned by county (21,728)
Pin-connected (5,078)
Pratt through truss (6,235)
Pratt truss (10,551)
Through truss (17,907)
Truss (36,828)
Volga River (18)

Update Log 

  • December 25, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added link to site with image of bridge with a plaque extant
  • November 7, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Changed the name of the bridge to reflect on the local name;
  • September 4, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Changed from Lost to Bypassed
  • September 2, 2011: Added by Jason Smith



Heron Road Bridge
Posted September 4, 2011, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

The bridge has been bypassed by a new bridge. I found this one by chance while looking for another bridge in the vicinity. Judging by its appearance while on the bridge, it appears it has been for abandoned more recently than 1979 (according to NBI)- say the early 1990s. I will try and inquire more about this bridge and should my hunches be correct, changes will be made here.

Heron Road Bridge
Posted September 3, 2011, by Ben Tate

I'm guessing these pictures were taken in August. Jason was in Missouri for the bridge conference and traveled around Iowa, too, before returning to Germany. He's posted a lot of pictures from Iowa recently. I'm not sure if this is the case or not, but it may have automatically inserted "lost" when he chose "replaced by new bridge." I see people say "replaced" a lot when "bypassed" makes more sense. If you mark a bridge as "replaced" on this site, it usually lumps it into the "lost" category.

Heron Road Bridge
Posted September 3, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

Satellite view confirms a structure over the waterway. Whether or not it “officially” exists is another matter. In my travels I ran into a case where I photographed a bridge, inquired of it's origin, and was told it did not exist period.

Heron Road Bridge
Posted September 3, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

If these are recent pictures, is the bridge really lost or just bypassed?