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Tice Bridge


Photo provided by Scott Peters & Dave Darby


BH Photo #331405



Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Cedar River on Iowa City Road
Muscatine County, Iowa
Removed but not replaced
Built 1897; Two spans destroyed when flooding undermined the center pier in 1972; Converted to a fishing pier for a short time and later removed.
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
- Otto Wendling of Muscatine, Iowa (1932 concrete pier & repair)
(4)9-panel, pinned Pratt through trusses
Length of largest span: 154.0 ft.
Total length: 560.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 22.0 ft.
Also called
Tice's Ferry Bridge
Iowa City Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.53574, -91.14201   (decimal degrees)
41°32'09" N, 91°08'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/654991/4599898 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 55880 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 2, 2021: Updated by Dave King: Added categories "A-frame portal", "9-panel truss"
  • June 5, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added 1932 repairer
  • January 2, 2020: New photo from Luke
  • October 10, 2015: New photos from Scott A Peters
  • September 12, 2015: Updated by Luke: Dimensions & builder via The Engineering Record, Building Record and Sanitary Engineer, Volume 35
  • July 7, 2015: Updated by Luke: Addedimagery posted to the forum by Dave Darby
  • March 23, 2013: Added by Luke Harden



Tice Bridge
Posted March 30, 2021, by Marlene Newman Etter (mmetter11 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thank you for sharing the history of the Tice Bridge.

I believe my great-grandfather, Levi Howell Newman, of Sweetland Center, helped to build the Tice Bridge. My great-grandmother Lulu Parry grew up near there, on the Parry farm (still owned by the Parry family) southwest of Atalissa. The story handed down was that Lulu was helping a Mrs. Kline, who was feeding the men who were building the bridge. The 1898 Muscatine County atlas shows an HB Kline owning the property just north of the Tice Bridge. It was there that Levi and Lulu met and later married on December 7, 1898. Knowing that the bridge was built in 1897 helps confirm the family history.

Tice Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Luke

Dave Darby, thank you so much for these images!

Tice Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

I take that back. Having just looked at Google maps satellite view, there is at least one pier remaining, surrounded by trees. It is probably this one.

Tice Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

Photo by Scott Peters

Tice Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

Photo by Scott Peters

Tice Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

Photo provided to me by Scott Peters

Tice Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Dave Darby (dwdarby [at] aol [dot] com)

When Muscatine County built a new bridge in the late 1960's, they sold the Tice bridge to farmer Glen Phelps for one dollar, so he could get across the river to his cows. They put up a gate, so only authorized people could use it. (You can see it in the 1970's view on the Iowa Geographic Map Server.) We had a camp on a patch we leased from Mr. Phelps, so I was across that bridge pretty often. Unfortunately, when they built the new bridge, the channel of the river started changing, and one night in the mid 70's, the Cedar river took out the center span, and the bridge went down in the center, almost into the water. We actually crossed the bridge a couple times like that, but eventually they removed all but one span (for fishing), then finally all of it. Because the channel of the river has changed so much, there is now nothing left of the bridge.