With updated aerial imagery, it's looking Queenposty, similar to the one at the Maple Avenue Greenhouse: https://bridgehunter.com/ia/washington/bh89278/
You might want to take another look at the bridge it's in worse condition now
This appears to have been lost. I took a look at the satellite imagery on google earth and found the site using the historic imagery it was there but now is not.
I think the "1867" on the one photograph is actually referring to the Courthouse in the background to the left of the bridge, as the building was begun in the summer of 1867. The bridge was completed in August 1870.
A relative of mine, Harry Powell, spent much of his retirement in the early 1980s poring over old newspapers in the Elkader library and condensing the information down into a narrative about the history of Elkader. He died before he could finish it, but he left some invaluable information behind. Here's what I gleaned out of that narrative regarding the Elkader bridges (taken from different areas of the text).
"Since there was no bridge in Elkader until 1853, the mill company maintained a flat-boat for emigrant use upon arrival."
"In 1840 the public survey disclosed the fact that the Turkey River passed through the county from northwest to southeast, the river was estimated as four chains in width with both deep and shallow areas, and while it was frozen over during the winter months, it could be impassable during the spring thaws when high water inundated the low lying areas. As time rolled onwards it was mandatory that some type of bridge had to link both banks as flat barges and canoes no longer filled the requirements, consequently, in 1851 a wooden bridge became the first structure to be built. The Clayton County Herald at Garnavillo is quoted in their March 14, 1856 issue, "The most serious obstacle in the way of travel within the limits of Clayton County is the Turkey River which has a current of considerable velocity, and is quite difficult to ford, except at very low water level. Crossing this stream are four great thoroughfares, on only two of which are good substantial bridges, viz. - at Elkader and Clermont." There is also reference to the fact that "a substantial bridge was placed over the Turkey River in 1861", but it was not determined that it had been actually placed at Elkader. It was not until August 1870 that Elkader had its first iron bridge spanning the river and ten years later major repair work had to be made on it necessitating it being closed to traffic during the time necessary to make it usable. Nine years later the town authorities finally determined that a new bridge of greater permanence had to be constructed and the present Keystone Bridge now standing was finally completed in 1889."
"The time had arrived when the wooden bridge spanning the river had become obsolete and dangerous, and during May 1870 an iron bridge builder named Dr. Truesdell was brought to Elkader to exhibit his plans to the proper authorities. The cost involved for a double track, and foot passenger bridge, was estimated at $30.00 per foot, or a total cost of $6,000.00 - his specifications and cost were obviously approved as a new iron bridge was completed and in use during August 1870."
"It was a red letter day for Elkader on August 15, 1889 when the new Keystone Bridge was completed and considered at the time to be the finest stone arch bridge west of the Mississippi River, the problems that had been faced with the wooden bridges, and the one of iron were now over. The Board of Supervisors had settled on the construction of a stone arch bridge as the location was suitable, it would be permanent, and it would wipe out the heavy annual expense of replanking the floor of either the iron or wooden bridge. In addition, Cole's quarry near town afforded an inexhaustible supply of the finest magnesium limestone free from all imperfections. A contract had been awarded to Byrne & Blake of Dubuque for a total of $13,000.00, initially, but the final total came to $16,282,49 with the largest additional expenditure of $1,584.60 being allocated for extra wing walls. Facts concerning the amount of stone used and the weight involved was printed in the August 22, 1889 issue of the local paper."
arrow on map should be 1/2 inch north on the original river
Keep in mind it is acceptable to simply leave the bridge specified generally (ie through truss) if it is not apparent in the photos. While I agree the panels are narrow suggesting a possible Whipple. I cannot see the diagonal members in the photo provided.
Judging by the panel length (eyeballing the picture) and build date and length, this was probably a Whipple. I wanted others input before editing the truss type.
JR's and Ray's pics are of the replica span and should be relocated to the proper entry.
I would propose that the county change the name of this road from Scenic River Road to Boring River Road thanks to the needless demolition of this bridge. Bach Steel could have restored this bridge to provide another century of use. The issues noted were minor and are routinely repaired as part of normal historic bridge restoration procedures.
Between the continued lack of preservation in this county combined with the planned destruction of the Black Hawk Bridge in nearby Lansing, Iowa northeast Iowa is rapidly losing its distinction as the most beautiful and history-rich part of Iowa.
Reportedly being replaced by a box culvert and fill. Not much remaining for historic bridges on this rail-trail...
Here is a photo of the old hwy 92 bridge
Interesting bridge. It's pretty early. It as trussed floor beams. (8 panels BTW).
My guess is late 1870's early 1880s. However, if that is a King, it would be closer to mid 1880s.
I re-found this postcard amongst my files. As I posted in t description box, the stream in the postcard is too narrow to be the Cedar River, and the two nearest bridges (Moscow https://bridgehunter.com/ia/muscatine/river-street/ and Saulsbury https://bridgehunter.com/ia/muscatine/saulsbury/) were multi-span bridges.
1899 topos from Historic Map Works show no backwater lakes in the immediate area of WL it could've crossed.
The stream is also too wide to be any of the nearby forks of Wapsinonoc Creek.
So we've definitely got a mystery on our hands: Was this bridge near West Liberty? Or is it a mis-labeled card?
The end is nigh.
That would make a great roof! :^)
Actually, its unfortunate that it was retired and it would be wise if it was reused as a bridge, it does look to be in great shape.
It was damaged beyond repair for vehicle traffic. Yes, our county crew moved it carefully. They do great work. We sure hope someone decides to use it for pedestrian traffic.
Seconded. As an Iowan and an avid, albeit amateur/recreational cyclist,this historic bridge deserves to be preserved on a local bike trail.
It looks like the bridge was removed carefully and as such the bridge is not damaged. The design of this bridge and the fact that it honestly doesn't look to be in very bad condition would lend itself well to a restoration and reuse in a new location for pedestrian use. I hope a new home can be found for this bridge!
The bridge has been replaced and now the poor thing is sitting in the county yard by Schleswig.
Took a couple of pics of this bridge on 6/27/21
Needs a new home
A revision of the comment I made earlier about the bridge being completely destroyed by derailment:
Aerial footage show that the bridge may have been narrowly spared, although I still cannot confirm or not if the bridge was destroyed.
The is not the Lyons & Fulton High Bridge. That bridge is listed as the Lincoln Highway Bridge, and the other comments states, this is the Clinton High Bridge. It was replaced by the Gateway Bridge in 1956.
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..
The demise of this bridge is now imminent as well. The new bridge has to be opened by 7/1/2022
Not sure what ever came of this one, but the current pinned location shows a culvert and fill..
Archived link to the story of Kate Shelley:
Public Hearing Scheduled - Online - June 15, 2021
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From Iowa DOT:
Project # BRF-009-9(73)-38-03
The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation are holding a public hearing and providing information online. We are requesting public input for a proposed replacement of the Iowa 9 / Wisconsin 82 (Black Hawk) bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River, in Allamakee, IA and Crawford, WI Counties. If you do not have access to the internet, please feel free to contact me regarding this project and I can provide information (see contact info below).
In order to accommodate the new bridge, approximately 5.9 acres of easement and fee title is needed from the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, which is owned and managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The Iowa Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) intends to make a de minimis impact finding in accordance with 23 CFR 774 as the project is not expected to adversely affect the activities, features, and attributes of the refuge.
The Iowa DOT would like to gather public feedback on the environmental documentation, preferred alternative, and potential impacts related to the planned improvements. The environmental assessment is now available to review at the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library, 515 Main St., in Lansing and is available online at https://iowadot.gov/ole/NEPA-Compliance/NEPA-documents/Iowa-....
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This bridge has been closed to traffic due to its deteriorating status for almost a year. Since it is listed as a historical bridge, the process of repairing it is more complicated, I am assuming. But I am hoping it is not impossible. Any suggestions on how to get this accomplished so the bridge is functional again?
This lost bridge and the current day Union Pacific Weldon River Bridge south of Princeton, Missouri were probably of identical design. Both were constructed by the Rock Island in the 1940s on account of realignment projects, and both featured 200ft deck truss main spans with 90ft DPGs on either side for approaches.
Back in Ye Olde Times, roads constructed by the military for the ease of troop movements were called Military Roads.
This (And several other entries on the site) were part of said "Military Road" "system"
Latest news on this bridge:
Current aerials show that the bridge is no longer there. I can only hope the county placed it in storage.
This bridge has been by a uceb
An 'over the top' beauty!
Thanks Geoff I deleted the photo (which appears to already be on the Pontiac page)
Photo #2 is clearly labelled Pontiac IL
Geoff, your postcard is of a single-span arch over a smaller stream. I'll make an entry for you to move it to.
approximately 12 to 17 feet according to online depth maps.
at normal 836 foot amsl pool, so right now.
There's talk of preserving the pony truss section and toll plaza on the Illinois side of the river and converting it into a pier.
I just talked to Lee Bjerke the county engineer. Unfortunately the bridge will be replaced at its current location and the structure will be removed, owned by the contractor. If there is a chance to save it from becoming scrap, then it's through them and not the county. A sad loss for a county that had once prided over its large selection of HBs but they are disappearing by the year. :-(
How deep is the water under the mile long bridge over Saylorville Lake?
Another historic railroad truss about to hit the scrapyard.
Winneshiek County strikes again! 60 ADT count (Likely overstated) means tax payers are going to foot most of the bill for an unnecessary slab.
Is it being disassembled or scrapped?
Sadly the demise of this bridge is imminent. The project to remove and replace it began a few weeks ago. So far only tree clearing has happened but it will be removed in the coming weeks.
Another plausibility, tho, like King & Decatur plaques, the mounting holes don't match, is Clinton Bridge & Iron Works: https://bridgehunter.com/photos/33/93/339310-L.jpg
Lassig, Shiffler, King and American Bridge Works all used plaques of this shape, at least on railroad bridges:
King was the only one that wouldíve been around in 1908. Shiffler was taken over by Ambridge. McClintic-Marshall began shortly after with several members from Shiffler, but Iíve never seen their plaques in that shape. The Lassig name and shape died in 1901/early 1902, and I've never seen an American Bridge Works plaque past 1900. None of these plaques seem to have the same mounting holes.
Lassig was primarily a railroad bridge builder, so I doubt it's them.
Tony fielded the suggestion of Decatur, but their plaques are narrower and the mounting bolts don't match.
This was posted by Kayla Klingeman to a Facebook group I am part of today. This bridge is now gone and the replacement process has started.
Several bridges on this line were confirmed to have been relocated. I would guess this one is no different.
I've been talking to a railroad groups trying to figure out where this bridge may have come from. A number of people are absolutely amendment that the bridge was installed prior to the IMRL takeover in 1997 ("I can't recall them ever replacing so much as a culvert"). It wasn't there in 1994, but it was by 1996/1997.
The girder ends make me wonder if this is actually a Milwaukee Road span, or if the Soo Line (owners at the time) brought it from a different railroad line/system. The ends seem to have a more typical shape for the C&NW, as the Soo and Milwaukee Road usually had a rounded shape.
Thank you, the photos do say C&Y RR
Looks more like Spruce Street: https://bridgehunter.com/ia/cherokee/bh67926/
There WAS a bridge located here, I've just never been able to find conclusive imagery in Cherokee.
The spans of this bridge were probably moved here. One possible location:
The two spans missing at the Illinois bridge are the same size of the spans here.
The yellow clay based brick is interesting. Normally BCRN bridges have a reddish brick on both stone and concrete arches:
Itís really too bad to see this one in such tough shape. It seems to be older than a lot of the stone arches I would expect to see in Iowa.
Iíve thought this is a cool project. Unfortunate that they didnít reuse the bridge as is (ďwe couldnít find plans so we didnít know what we were dealing withĒ), but reusing the steel is a good alternative. However, itís worth noting that the original bridge wasnít in awful condition, and Iíve seen much worse end up on trails.
I can't help but wonder if these two bridges are related:
Both use 29'8" spans that are identical, both are confirmed to have been relocated. That bridge was installed 1916-1917, and this one in 1918.
Brush has been cleared away from this bridge, which is in fairly bad condition. A wooden trestle to the south appears to have been replaced within the last one or two weeks. I would guess this one is not long for the world..
Yet another CGW bridge in horrible condition. This bridge is in a state hunting area, but should be taken down. The center pier, north pier and south abutment are all failing, and the bridge is extremely out of alignment. This one is one good flood away from collapse.
It always shocks me just how bad the condition these CGW bridges and arches are. I am not sure why, but the CGW structures seem to have a significantly higher rate of failure than comparable structures.
I've hit many arches by this company with holes through the arch, both stone and concrete. I've seen many bridges by them with failing piers, abutments and superstructures. I am not sure if its poor construction, poor materials or a lack of maintenance for the last 100 years on these structures.
Reviewing some older photos I took of this bridge on a foggy day about 10 years ago, I came across some writing stating "Use steel (for/from) Br. #501 1/2" on one girder, and "Iowa-15" on the other girder. Br. #501 1/2, a 55' through girder, is located at Missouri Valley, Iowa and was replaced in the 1990s/2000s. It is possible this span was originally going to be part of the replacement. The Iowa-15 likely indicates the section, which correlates to the Mason City-Belle Plaine line, of which this span is not on.
I believe this bridge is original to this location, as it is a 70' span, but I cannot tell for sure. It makes me wonder how many other writings I've missed on bridges...
The road had fresh (as in within the last month) gates when approaching from the south. I don't think the local farmer wants cars going back here anymore.
IMO they could easily rehab this bridge for pedestrians and close Hawkeye Avenue at the corner before the famous stone arch and turn the whole area into parkland.
Here are some pictures of this bridge.
Thank you for responding to my forum entry. I would accept a build date of 1870 except the note on photo #1 has a date of 1867! I believe a date between 1861 and 1867 is correct.
I'd err on the side that it's correct.
I have heard this bridge is slated for replacement in 2021 bit the only mention I have been able to find was in the 2020 DOT planning report. Has anyone heard this or is the source I have heard from incorrect?
The iron bridge of Truesdell design in Elkader was built in 1870. The two bridges before that were built 1851-1853, a wooden structure with bents supporting the bed and another in 1861 another wooden structure with piers and abutments.
I believe the 1851 build date for this bridge is in error.
According to the HAER document, IA-47 for the Keystone Bridge,its successor, "In 1851....the construction of city's first bridge, an iron truss.." does not specifically name a Truesdell Bridge until the next paragraph. They were probably two different bridges.
A search of the US Patent Office files (www.uspto.gov) shows L.E. Truesdell was awarded 4 patents; 1856 (A Lattice Bridge) 1858 (the familiar Truesdell truss) 1859 (truss bridge connections) and 1870 (a type of bridge clamp.)
Therefore, I doubt Truesdell Patent Truss bridges appeared much before 1858. If 1851 was a typo, 1861 makes more sense. We don't know when Truesdell left Warren, Mass and went to Illinois, but in 1863 A.D. Briggs of Springfield, MA took over Truesdell patent business for New York and New England, and bridges in the west were contracted to W.H. & L.E. Truesdell of Belvidere, Illinois.
Thank you for sharing the history of the Tice Bridge.
I believe my great-grandfather, Levi Howell Newman, of Sweetland Center, helped to build the Tice Bridge. My great-grandmother Lulu Parry grew up near there, on the Parry farm (still owned by the Parry family) southwest of Atalissa. The story handed down was that Lulu was helping a Mrs. Kline, who was feeding the men who were building the bridge. The 1898 Muscatine County atlas shows an HB Kline owning the property just north of the Tice Bridge. It was there that Levi and Lulu met and later married on December 7, 1898. Knowing that the bridge was built in 1897 helps confirm the family history.
This dirt/greenbelt road appears in 1994 with unclear imagery regarding this bridge's type.
The nearby highway bridge, a pony truss, was replaced in 1998.
Entirely plausible that they just dropped the old road truss onto the greenbelt.
This looks like a stubby little Baltimore Truss to me.
Maybe one of our historic truss experts have another name for it that I am not aware of, but that is functionally what it appears to be.
Geoof, your pic belongs on https://bridgehunter.com/ia/floyd/floyd-mill/
I have heard this bridge is slated for replacement in 2021 bit the only mention I have been able to find was in the 2020 DOT planning report. Has anyone heard this or is the source I have heard from incorrect?
Sharing some additional recent photos of this bridge
I definitely need to get back to this one for more detailed photos. I have attached a diagram of the design. It is very different from any of the designs I have seen on a railroad truss, especially one so short. It also is much different than the four panel trusses in Mahaska and Monroe Counties. How would we classify this design?
I'm the one who added it to the entry, I'll be the one to delete it. If it's bad info, it's bad info.
We should also send multiple emails to the Iowa State DOT Historic Bridges page to get a new, more factual write-up posted over there instead of the FraserDesign quip.
I was able to contact the Iowa Historical Society, who gave me a site inventory file on this bridge. The file states that the outer two spans came from Attica, Indiana and were part of the four spans that survived the derailment in 1914. I found the Attica bridge was built 1891, and photos confirm these are certainly the same spans. The center span came from the "Half Acre" bridge in Christian County, Illinois and was built 1888. Photos also confirm this span is indeed from there. The approach was built 1943. This information comes from railroad blueprints.
I am on the fence about deleting Fraser's report on this bridge from this entry. To be quite blunt, the report is full of information that is simply not correct, such as when the bridge was built, when the county acquired the bridge and the lack of alterations to the bridge. I believe this report is entirely misleading of the true nature of this bridge.
This bridge is the Bear Creek bridge which washed out a few years back. It should be further east, on the Bear Creek Trail that runs between Soper's Mill and Pleasant Valley Road on the east side of the Skunk. Its location was about a quarter mile south of the Pleasant Valley Road trailhead.
Here's something for the clueless officials of Waverly... And this IS actually "Historically Relevant"!
Courtesy of Todd Baslee
PL delete my previous comment which was for the green bridge, at 3rd street.
This bridge hasn't existed since 2001.
Still not enough to make me like bison. Maybe if it were an historic swing truss.
Oddly, there is a already a push to preserve the bridge for pedestrian and "bison use" as a national park.
Art courtesy of Mary Safro/Cryoclaire
Reportedly will be replaced by a grade crossing this year or next.
Visited this one today. Found it barricaded and the road closed at the railroad crossing, which was removed. Underneath appears to have clear evidence of railroad origins. I ran into a gentleman who works for the county road department further east who knew of the bridge, and mentioned it had been there his whole life and it may be demolished soon.
Here are some pictures of this bridge.
A shame that this beautiful structure had to be removed...
I would bet that this bridge was probably reconstructed at some point with new piers and in a single track configuration. It is possible that these spans were from the old bridge and set onto new piers.
Thanks Melissa! Unfortunately I'm coming up dry on finding a picture of the predecessor bridge or the other non-Wolf bridges in the area.
Did find a nice lead on a rare ISHC-designed cantilevered deck truss...
Love the photos Luke !
Not a bowstring expert, but I think looks like the Wolf bridge as well. The plaques appear to be in the same spots, an it appears there was more than one span.
If we go by Melissa's article and James' removal date, it was built in 1879 and removed in 1977, not Built ca. 1881; Removed ca 1972.
Its also listed as 346' in Melissa's article. Dividing by spans, that's 173' each. I suspect each span's structure is a little more or less, depending on what was included in the measurement. While the number seems long to me, I'll put it in as a placeholder.
Does anyone recognize the plaque? The arches are King's patent but the 'ping-pong net' and low profile struts are different.
Doing a little homework and saw this. I think the bridge was torn down in 1977. I lived next to it and remember the single lane creaking each time we drove across it. Sure wish they'd kept it at least as a trail bridge. Use to fish off it too.
The Rose-Dunmire Covered Bridge was completed in August 1871 over the North River in Jackson Township along Creamery Road, about eight miles south of Dexter, adjacent to property owned by John and George Rose. According to the August 24, 1871 issue of the Winterset Madisionian, ďThe new bridge across North River, in the Rose neighborhood, has just been completed. It is a very superior bridge forty-five feet long with approaches seven feet on one end, and thirty feet on the other. It is covered and painted, and cost nine hundred dollars.Ē Payment was given to E. H. Conger to build it.
In 1912, a new iron pony truss bridge was built, bypassing the old bridge. (The photograph above shows the crew on the new bridge during construction with the old bridge in the background. Itís believed that this photograph was taken in 1910 or 1911.)
Jurgensen Bridge has been relocated to an area adjacent to Cedar Lake.