4 votes

Queens Avenue Bridge


Queens Avenue Bridge

View from the south blockade

Photo taken by Dave King on September 1, 2013


BH Photo #265457


Lost through truss bridge over North Skunk River on Queens Avenue
Mahaska County, Iowa
Destroyed by flooding 2012-2013; Currently in a heap 100 yards down stream from original location
Pratt through truss
Howe Lattice Portal Bracing with subdivided heel bracing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.44885, -92.54608   (decimal degrees)
41°26'56" N, 92°32'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/537915/4588684 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Union Mills
Inventory number
BH 57278 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Destroyed by flood (855)
Howe Lattice Portal (23)
Iowa (6,865)
Lost (31,807)
Lost 2013 (387)
Lost during 2010s (3,680)
Mahaska County, Iowa (47)
North Skunk River (20)
Pin-connected (5,425)
Pratt through truss (6,415)
Pratt truss (10,846)
Through truss (19,033)
Truss (38,318)
Wooden deck (6,261)

Update Log 

  • December 4, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Removed category "Skunk River"
  • October 17, 2016: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: North Skunk
  • June 2, 2015: New photos from Kevin Skow
  • September 2, 2013: Updated by Jason Smith: Added categories "Wooden deck", "Howe Lattice Portal"
  • September 2, 2013: New photos from Dave King
  • July 22, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Skunk River"
  • July 22, 2013: Added by Dave King


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Kevin Skow - weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein


Queens Avenue Bridge
Posted May 3, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I agree with what you are saying about leaving the bridge where it is.the only problem is somebody saying something about it.only time will tell.

Queens Avenue Bridge
Posted May 2, 2015, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

After my visit to this bridge I contacted the Mahaska County Engineer and tried to get some information and he told me that he had only recently found out that this bridge had collapsed and that if a local farmer never would have told him about the collapse, he never would have known this bridge was there. I suspect it will remain where it is. He was supposed to get back to me with any information he found out about it, but I have yet to hear anything. Maybe I'll give him a call one of these days.

Queens Avenue Bridge
Posted May 2, 2015, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not sure. I certainly wouldn't mind if it were left as is. It isn't blocking the channel or causing any problems where it lies. With the recent influx of road maintenance money to Iowa counties this year because of the increased gas tax, I was worried that the county would finally remove the bridge, hence the visit.

Queens Avenue Bridge
Posted May 2, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

is this going to be removed or left for posterity?

Queens Avenue Bridge
Posted May 2, 2015, by Kevin Skow (weatherbum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Visited the bridge yesterday (5/1). Time and subsequent floods have taken their toll on the remains since the last photos were taken in 2013. Much of the wooden road deck has washed away (including all of the decking that was on the river bank). The eastern pier has been pushed slightly downstream and is starting to get buried in silt. The truss's struts have separated from the top chord, causing the bridge to settle substantially further into the river. The upstream portions of the bridge have also been destroyed by logs and other debris, with the remnants barely poking above the water.

Queens Avenue Bridge
Posted September 4, 2013, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's a real shame this bridge was flooded out. Was really hoping it would still be standing when I got there. From the Google images and from my photos it looks like a newer deck was on the bridge. Looked like an impressive structure.