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Main Street Bridge (1870)

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Charles City 1

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BH Photo #494869

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Description 

"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

Facts 

Overview
Lost Truesdell through truss bridge over Cedar River on Main Street in Charles City.
Location
Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1870; Re-decked 1882; Condemned 1892 but not replaced until 1908.
Builder
- W.H. & L.E. Truesdell of Belvidere, Illinois
Design
Truesdell through truss
Dimensions
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)

Update Log 

  • 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

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