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LIttle Beaver Creek Lincoln Highway Bridge


North railing and deck

Towns along the route of the new Lincoln Highway were proud to be included on the route. The designers of this bridge cast the upper case "L" into the wing walls to designate the Lincoln Highway. Just a few years later, the route would move about two miles south of here.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2004

BH Photo #112637


In 1912 Carl G. Fisher, founder of the Prest-O-Lite headlight company, began boosting what he called the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway, a continuous line that extended from New York to San Francisco. The road was soon renamed the Lincoln Highway, and in July 1913 the Lincoln Highway Association was formed to promote it. Although not the first to propose such a venture, Fisher had timed his promotion well. Some 2.5 million miles of roadway had been laid in the country, but less than 7% of these had been improved by grading or graveling. Only a few hundred miles had been paved with brick; concrete was as yet untried in rural areas. Moreover, since roads were by and large a county-level function, the roads that did exist lacked any coordination, resulting in an uneven patchwork of dissimilar routes, making travel difficult for all but a few areas and virtually impossible on a country-wide basis. "The highways of America, " Fisher stated, "are built chiefly of politics, whereas the proper material is crushed rock or concrete." With the numbers of automobiles growing geometrically and their drivers becoming increasingly more adventurous, the transcontinental route was an idea whose time had come. In its formative years, the Lincoln Highway was more imaginary than real. Using existing section-line roads and county-built river crossings, it zigzagged across central Iowa on its way between Clinton on the Mississippi River, and Council Bluffs on the Missouri. The Little Beaver Creek bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing part of the Lincoln Highway.


Stringer bridge over Middle Beaver Creek on 210th Avenue, Original Lincoln Highway
Greene County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1915
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa (Design)
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.04900, -94.17750   (decimal degrees)
42°02'56" N, 94°10'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/402556/4655887 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grand Junction
Inventory number
BH 36336 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 1, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: fixed typo in name


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Historic Bridges of Iowa - Little Beaver Creek Bridge Historical Detail


LIttle Beaver Creek Lincoln Highway Bridge
Posted May 22, 2013, by AR

Thank you for pointing out proof. I thought it was an overlooked duplicate listing.

LIttle Beaver Creek Lincoln Highway Bridge
Posted May 20, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

This bridge is separate from the other bridge. This bridge still serves traffic, the other is flat out abandoned. For proof, look at the guard rails

LIttle Beaver Creek Lincoln Highway Bridge
Posted May 19, 2013, by AR

Is this the same as the Abandoned Lincoln Highway West Beaver Creek Bridge? They seem awfully similar.