Main Street Bridge (1870)
Charles City 1
Glass plate image
BH Photo #494869
"A temporary timber bridge, installed in 1867, was later replaced in 1870 by a 2-span, 250-foot iron truss bridge, designed and built by W.H. and L.E. Truesdell of Belvidere, Illinois, for $14,422.50. It survived for nearly 40 years, despite an engineer's study in 1892 that concluded: "The bridge is not safe. It should be condemned and replaced by a suitable structure."
"It was not until April 1908 that county supervisors approved construction of a new bridge at this site."
Iowa D.O.T. website
- Lost Truesdell through truss bridge over Cedar River on Main Street in Charles City.
- Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa
- Replaced by a new bridge
- Built 1870; Re-decked 1882; Condemned 1892 but not replaced until 1908.
- - W.H. & L.E. Truesdell of Belvidere, Illinois
- Truesdell through truss
Total length: 250.0 ft.
- Also called
- Centennial Mills Bridge
Mill Street Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +43.06612, -92.67987 (decimal degrees)
43°03'58" N, 92°40'48" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/526065/4768207 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Charles City
- Inventory number
- BH 71969 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- April 7, 2021: New photo from Chester Gehman
- April 2, 2021: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed loss date to 1908 per Iowa DOT website.
- April 25, 2016: Added by Luke