McBride Covered Bridge
BH Photo #222116
Another one of Madison County's unique flat roofed covered bridges. It was built in 1871 by Benton Jones and stood until being destroyed by arson in 1983. The man who burned it did so because he was distraught over a woman who left him...they had carved their initials in the bridge. He would later turn himself in and as part of his sentence he performed many hours of community service, much of which went to working on the other bridges. My understanding is that he enjoyed it so much that he served many hours past what he was sentenced helping to preserve the other spans.
Bridge had been bypassed and the new bridge crossed the re-channelized river just to the North. The pin marks the spot where the columns and some wood remain.
- Lost Lattice through truss bridge over North River on McBride Bridge Road (now McBride Road)
- Madison County, Iowa
- Destroyed by fire
- Built in 1871 by Benton Jones; destroyed by arson in 1983 and replaced.
- - Benton Jones of Winterset, Iowa
- J.P. Clark
- Lattice through truss with flat roof
Length of largest span: 72.0 ft.
Total length: 85.0 ft.
- Also called
- Wiggins Covered Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.42412, -93.94052 (decimal degrees)
41°25'27" N, 93°56'26" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/421409/4586267 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Saint Charles NW
- Inventory numbers
- WGCB 15-61-01x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 50652 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- January 27, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added builder from HAER
- December 20, 2011: Added by Tony Dillon