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Saulsbury Bridge


Side Shot (Upstream)

Photo taken by Luke in August 2013

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BH Photo #337628



Pinned Pratt through truss over Cedar River on Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area Fishing Pier
Muscatine County, Iowa
Open to pedestrians
Future prospects
Remaining spans were converted into a fishing pier.
Built 1881; Closed to vehicular traffic 1967; Converted to pedestrian use 1976; Partially lost in accidental fire March 26, 1977
- James B. Locke of Binghampton, New York (Substructure)
- King Iron Bridge & Manufacturing Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (Superstructure) [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 160.0 ft.
Total length: 640.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.49999, -91.17449   (decimal degrees)
41°29'60" N, 91°10'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/652365/4595871 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Muscatine NW
Inventory number
BH 48891 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2021: New photo from Luke
  • March 14, 2020: New photo from Luke
  • July 2, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • July 2, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added conversion date & substructure contractor from Newspapers.com articles
  • September 12, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added builder (King Iron Bridge & Manufacturing Co.)
  • August 20, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added category "River To River Road"
  • July 20, 2013: New photos from Luke Harden
  • October 30, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Lally columns", "A-frame portal"
  • January 12, 2012: New photo from Luke Harden
  • September 1, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • June 11, 2011: Added by Luke Harden



Saulsbury Bridge
Posted August 18, 2015, by Luke

According to the "Heubringer's Map & Guide for the River-to-River Road", it carried the Muscatine Branch of the River-to-River Road that went from Davenport to West Liberty via Muscatine: https://archive.org/stream/huebingersmapgui00hueb/huebingers...

Saulsbury Bridge
Posted August 18, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge never carried the River to River Road. The River to River Road crossed the Cedar at Moscow.

Saulsbury Bridge
Posted January 13, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like a Pratt to me. The Pratt design does not require counters on any specific number of panels.

Saulsbury Bridge
Posted January 13, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

cool bridge, great stone piers. I would say a Pratt and I could be like 33% wrong or right. Who built it? Muscatine was the first real river town I did as a kid with a houseboat that looked like a trailer. The Mighty Mississippi....