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Middle Creek Bridge


Detail of West Truss

Photo by Joe Elliott, Summer 1995, for HAER

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BH Photo #123641


Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Middle Creek on Ventura Avenue
Mahaska County, Iowa
Removed but not replaced
Built circa 1898; Likely removed in the late 1990s or early 2000s
- Seevers Manufacturing Co. of Oskaloosa, Iowa
"The Middle Creek Bridge, a 4-panel Pratt pony truss, is one of only four bridges remaining built by Seevers Manufacturing Company, based in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The use of steel pipe for the upper chord was a standard design for the company, which also manufactured steam pipes. This bridge is an excellent example of the company's work, an unusual structural type designed and fabricated by a small-scale Iowa company.

"This document was prepared as part of the Iowa Historic Bridges Recording Project performed durng the Summer of 1995 by the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER). The project was sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT). Preliminary research on this bridge was performed by Clayton B. Fraser of Fraserdesign, Loveland, CO."

Historian: Leslie Pitner, August 1995

Length of largest span: 50.0 ft.
Total length: 93.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.33928, -92.46366   (decimal degrees)
41°20'21" N, 92°27'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/544875/4576559 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rose Hill
Inventory numbers
IA 237120 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 37402 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 27, 2015: Updated by Kevin Skow: High resolution satellite imagery taken this winter shows that this bridge no longer exists. The piers may remain.
  • June 25, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Pipe Truss"
  • January 22, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Merged NBI Data
  • September 11, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning