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Clanton Creek Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn in August 2013


BH Photo #263837


Through truss bridge over Clanton Creek on 282nd Trail
Madison County, Iowa
Wooden Deck Removed, NW & SE Approaches Removed
Built 1894; Relocated here 1952; Rehabilitated 1974; partially dismantled 2014
- George E. King Bridge Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 109.0 ft.
Total length: 128.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.23944, -93.89715   (decimal degrees)
41°14'22" N, 93°53'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/424821/4565725 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
East Peru
Land survey
T. 74 N., R. 26 W., Sec. 6
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
IA 231650 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 13944 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
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Update Log 

  • January 30, 2018: New photos from Kevin Skow
  • April 12, 2015: Updated by Kevin Skow: Updated Bridge Condition after Visit
  • August 18, 2013: New photos from James Baughn
  • August 15, 2013: Updated by James Baughn: This bridge is closed to traffic


  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Kevin Skow - weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com


Clanton Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge vertical and one on the Barker Bridge in Williamson County, Tx

George King did build down there so it makes sense. The Barker Bridge did have a dis-configuring makeover to it's portals that hinders a possible connection, but this feature is so unusual I feel that parental lineage is very likely.

Photos "Borrowed" from James Baughn and Garry Taylor for comparison usage.

Clanton Creek Bridge
Posted May 13, 2015, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Found the answer to my old question. This bridge was moved here in 1952, which would account for the mystery pier below the structure, which would have been from the previous bridge.

Clanton Creek Bridge
Posted April 21, 2015, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

As I've looked more at the photos I posted last week of the bridge (in particular http://bridgehunter.com/photos/32/21/322166-L.jpg), I am scratching my head as to why there is a pier on the northwest end of the bridge. That pier is on the left side of the photo and has since partially collapsed. It doesn't appear to have borne any structural load. Was there another bridge here before this one?

Clanton Creek Bridge
Posted April 12, 2015, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Was unfortunate to see this bridge partially dismantled/damaged in such a short time since the last photos of it on this site were taken in 2013. The northern road has been removed and converted to farmland. Still was a good photo subject.

Clanton Creek Bridge
Posted August 20, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pure speculation, but the portal bracing indicates a possible George E. King structure. Of course, portal bracing rarely gives a definitive identification of the builder, but it can provide some clues.

Clanton Creek Bridge
Posted August 20, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Thanks for putting a name to the detail. Armed with that information, I found another publication that describes the detail, and notably includes a drawing on the following page.


Clanton Creek Bridge
Posted August 20, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Waddell calls it a "star strut", and seems to not like ones made from only two angles like the ones on this bridge.

In the glossary in the 1916 edition of _Bridge_Engineering_ he says, "A strut formed of either two or four angles placed back to back. The two-angle form is not a satisfactory type, as it fails to develop as high an ultimate strength as might properly be anticipated."

I haven't seen many star struts - and haven't ever seen any others built with lattice tying the angle stock together.

Clanton Creek Bridge
Posted August 18, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

James and I discussed this vertical detail and its not like anything either of us has seen before.

Clanton Creek Bridge
Posted August 18, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The vertical member in photo 8 has been built up in an unusual way. Anyone know of others like it?