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Rome Bridge


Iowa Department of Transportation


BH Photo #256834


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Skunk River on US 34
Rome, Henry County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1886; Demolished 1958
Parker through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.97594, -91.67869   (decimal degrees)
40°58'33" N, 91°40'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/611166/4536926 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lockridge East
Inventory number
BH 56525 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,416)
Beam (16,895)
Built 1886 (209)
Built during 1880s (2,180)
Curved top chord (5)
Henry County, Iowa (52)
Iowa (6,794)
Iowa Primary Road 8 (4)
Lost (28,575)
Lost 1958 (102)
Lost during 1950s (870)
Owned by state (16,567)
Parker through truss (1,413)
Parker truss (1,808)
Pin-connected (4,729)
Replaced by new bridge (19,437)
Rome, Iowa (4)
Skunk River (33)
Through truss (16,839)
Truss (35,529)
US 34 (20)

Update Log 

  • January 22, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 27, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added loss date
  • May 10, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added build date
  • February 21, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added info
  • July 31, 2014: New Street View added by Luke
  • July 1, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added loss date
  • June 19, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • June 8, 2013: Added by Luke Harden



Rome Bridge
Posted March 16, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I dont maintain a subscription to these newspaper websites on a consistent basis as they are way too expensive, but I occasionally purchase a period of time so I can check things for my website. I did try the NewspaperArchives and my period is almost expired so I saved this page before it turns off. For anyone wondering which is a better value (Newspapers.com or NewspaperArchives, I have found the Newspapers.com search tool to be MUCH better at returning RELEVANT results to the point where I wouldn't have the patience to try NewspaperArchives again. Even Newspapers.com is very difficult to search through as there is ZERO priority given to longer articles or articles with photos, so you have to go through dozens of stupid one paragraph construction updates to find the "big article" which would have contractors, engineers etc listed for a bridge. This is why I don't maintain these subscriptions since I simply lack the time to sift through everything.

I very much appreciate the efforts of others who have posted findings from these sources to bridgehunter!

On a side note, using NewspaperArchives save image feature (vs taking a screenshot) removes the AutoLevel for the white balance on the image for unknown reasons.

Rome Bridge
Posted March 15, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I will get all of those corrected in the coming days now that I got it figured out. Really hate that if a person's local library doesn't have a deal with the website, you are screwed on the viewing pictures, but I guess the same applies to the vintage aerials linked pictures on here as well.

Rome Bridge
Posted March 15, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I'm not limited to Ohio, but that way got me a free account, as my local library have it listed on their research databases. I used it to look up stuff on my family, but then I branched out to bridges and other stuff. I think I got it figured out, as I can deleted the word "access" from the link and it takes it to a regular paid subscription page like was listed on this particular bridge.

Rome Bridge
Posted March 15, 2022, by Luke

Ah, so you may be limited in what you can view. If the link works and you can screencaps the photo and article, awesome. If you're limited to Ohio, keep on trucking

Rome Bridge
Posted March 15, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

Luke, if that was directed towards me, is this the right way, as I'm trying to do right by citing where I find my sources:https://newspaperarchive.com/

I think the reason why it appears the way it does is I linked the website up with my local library.

Rome Bridge
Posted March 15, 2022, by Luke

Brandon, since it looks like you're using newspaperarchives, could you grab the image from the link in the sources section?